Short-handed Nets beat Thunder 100-95 in Mexico City

Doug Mendoza
December 10, 2017

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the league is moving "quickly" on plans to establish a G-League team in Mexico City with the possibility of it being operational for the 2018-19 season.

On Thursday, the league announced that it will launch an NBA Academy in Mexico City.

No plans are definite, and he said other Mexican cities could also be considered if the G League team does move south of the border.

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In a joint announcement with the Mexican Basketball Federation and Mexico's Commission for Physical Culture and Sport, the NBA said NBA Academy Latin America, the league's seventh elite training center worldwide, would open in the coming months. The team would reportedly be owned and operated independently, which means it would not be directly affiliated with a specific National Basketball Association franchise. The Nets' games against the Thunder and Miami Heat this week are during the 25th anniversary of the NBA's first games in Mexico.

Just as those games in Mexico might have been considered a trial run for a G League team there, that G League team could test the tenability of an National Basketball Association franchise based south of the border, a stated interest of Silver's. He says a Mexico City team would be operated in partnership with the league office. If the local population takes to a G League team, it's only logical that an National Basketball Association franchise might follow.

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