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Adam Silver European expansion could happen, but not soon

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during a media briefing for the Basketball without Borders Africa 2015 at the American International School in Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, July 30, 2015. The NBA with some 20 top players is in South Africa for an exhibition, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver expects more important games to come, led by Chris Paul and two-time All Star Luol Deng, featuring a Team World versus Team Africa on upcoming Saturday. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)


MADRID (AP) -- Commissioner Adam Silver says it is “premature” to talk about an NBA expansion in Europe.

Silver says he doesn’t think “it’s going to happen in the very near future” but “could happen one day.”

Silver spoke in Madrid on Wednesday, a day before the Boston Celtics play Real Madrid in NBA’s Global Games tour.

The commissioner also said the NBA will not stop if the international basketball federation decides to go ahead with its plan to change its calendar and have games coinciding with the NBA season.

He said the NBA respects the international federation but stressed that “we are unable to interrupt our schedule” and “cannot remove players from our season midway, so we will continue to play despite their new schedule.”