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    Default London Calling: Nets, Raptors Play Two Regular Season Games In England

    London calling: Nets, Raptors play two regular season games in England
    Tue Aug 03,2010 1:45 PM ET By Kurt Helin

    london.jpgDavid Stern has been saying he wanted to see some NBA regular season games overseas, and what David Stern wants David Stern gets.

    Now it's London calling, so come out of the cupboard, all you boys and girls.

    The New Jersey Nets and Toronto Raptors will play back-to-back games in London March 4 and 5, according to the New York Daily News. Those follow he Lakers/Timberwolves preseason tilt at the O2 arena in London this October.
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    That's really fucked up. In the middle of the season? I understand at the beginning of the season, but during the season is tough. Ask the NFL players who go there during the season. It takes a few days before your body gets re-adjusted. I hope the NBA allots both teams at least 3 days rest (after coming back from London) before their schedule resumes

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    I think they chose the Raptors because of their well known international flavor. As for the Nets? Damned if I know... Maybe because of their well known foreign owner? Both teams better get a long break after this back to back showdown. Long plane rides can take a lot out of you. I think this is good for the Raptors because it offer even more exposure to them overseas. I hope this gets foreign kids dreaming of playing for the NBA's only international team.

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    That's pretty cool, but the league has clearly chosen 2 teams that it assumes will not be in the playoff mix, so wouldn't have their season jeopardized by some mid season jetlag. This could be a pretty epic "road" trip though for the fans...

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    This is odd, I'd think MLSE would get a share of the revenue from one of these games. As Multipaul said, Stern picked two teams who even if they only played 50 games a season, nobody would notice.

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    Quote Apollo wrote: View Post
    I think they chose the Raptors because of their well known international flavor. As for the Nets? Damned if I know... Maybe because of their well known foreign owner? Both teams better get a long break after this back to back showdown. Long plane rides can take a lot out of you. I think this is good for the Raptors because it offer even more exposure to them overseas. I hope this gets foreign kids dreaming of playing for the NBA's only international team.
    In my opinion they choose the teams because

    1. Prokhorov has a lot of business connections in Great Britain and wanted the games there
    2. The games have a good chance of being meaningless so they will draw more in London in March then they would in N.J. or Toronto
    3. The travel distance from Toronto to London is about 7,000 miles round trip vs say 4,300 from Toronto to Los Angeles so it is like adding almost two additional east coast west coast trips for the Raptors during the year. Not very good for the health of the players who will clearly especially in March feel the physical effects of this trip a lot more than say in October or November. This will increase the likelihood of at least one Raptors or Nets player incurring a significant and possibly career threatening injury sometime in March or April. Of course the Nets players will be equally subject to physical fatigue depending on where they and Toronto were playing before going to London and where they will play upon return. Does Porkorov care?

    Stern threw the Raptors under the bus kowtowing to Porkorov's money and influence.


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