Increased interest in basketball has prompted Basketball Australia to announce an ambitious plot to promote a USA Dream Team tour to bring NBA superstars Lebron James and Steph Curry to Australia.
BA boss Anthony Moore proposes a match betwixt the Boomers and the Dream Team in the lead-up to the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China.
A potential matchup might see Curry, James and Australian-born Kyrie Irving going against Andrew Bogut, Matt Dellavedova, Patty Mills and up-an-coming future NBA-ers Ben Simmons and Thon Maker.
In fashion similar to the NFL playing occasional regular season games in London, Australia hopes to host an NBA game eventually.
Eight Australians have roster spots in the NBA and last year’s finals saw Andrew Bogut of Golden State competing against Dellavedova’s Cleveland Cavaliers.
If talks work our positively, possible games in Sydney could be added to the sports calendar. Moore communicates closely with the Senior Vice-President and Managing Director of NBA Asia, Scott Levy. The two men want to join forces with the NBA to promote basketball in Australia.
The NBA has played regular season games in Mexico and London, but the logistics of getting two NBA teams all the way to Australia represents a potential stumbling block. Australia might also need to import additional basketballs to satisfy Lebron’s needs.