Monday, 11 December, 2017

Silver says National Basketball Association considering G League team in Mexico

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Melinda Barton | 08 December, 2017, 10:34

The Nets are heading to Mexico after an impressive second half showing Monday in a 110-90 victory at Atlanta, where they scored the first 17 points of the second half and led by as many as 29.

"Sometimes when you have injuries you discover new things and that*s what*s happening to us", said Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson, who praised his team for playing hard after the trade. "That was it. We slowed Russ down a little bit, and that kind of helped us".

Thunder: Shot 38.8 per cent (38 for 98) from the field and 12 for 24 at the free-throw line.

"I definitely want to stay away from that one", Atkinson said. That allowed Caris LeVert (21/5/10) to step into a major ball-handling role and he didn't disappoint, delivering his first career double-double for the Nets in Mexico City. The Thunder missed six consecutive shots until Westbrook's 16-footer made it 93-87 with 4:54 left, but they missed 10 of their next 12 shots as the Nets sealed it. "And I feel like we're going to play good". We are sacrificing everything we got. F/G Andre Roberson started in the Thunder frontcourt for F Paul George (calf) while Alex Abrines made his seventh career start at shooting guard and scored five points in 25 minutes.

This comes just a few weeks after a report from ESPN.com's Jonathon Givony that the league is planning to announce a development and training academy in Mexico City while the Nets, Thunder and Heat are there to take part in the Mexico City Global Games. Last January, the Phoenix Suns played "host" in Mexico, facing the Mavericks and Spurs. The Thunder play at Memphis on Saturday.

"We have a preference for coming to Mexico City", Silver said, "because as we look down the road, frankly to see whether there would be an opportunity to even dream about putting an National Basketball Association franchise here in Mexico City, we believe it makes sense as a first step to have a development league team here and to work out some of the issues to better understand what it would mean to have a team in Mexico".