NBA deputy commissioner supports FIBA Windows

2018-05-12T10:33:35+00:00 2018-05-12T17:14:56+00:00.

Aris Barkas

12/May/18 10:33

NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum visited the Philippines and spoke about FIBA Windows and NBA players.

By Eurohoops team/

According to the “Philippine Star” Tatum said that the new FIBA qualifying system for the World Cup is a positive development in growing the international game. “Most countries in the world, prior to this system, never had the opportunity to see their national teams play on their own home turf,” he stated.

“They play exhibition games or warm-up games but not any games of real significance on their home court. The new qualification system allows fans to see their national team play in meaningful games at home, in their country. Even though some NBA players are not available because of conflicts in schedule, what it allows and forces national teams to do is to continue to develop more quality players. We’re seeing that those teams who have invested in developing more quality players are the teams that are doing well in the new qualification system and that now there’s a more level even playing field because it really is up to those national teams to develop a deep roster of talent to compete in the qualifiers.”

However, NBA players will be available to those games only in their offseason and that does not include US players. “There will be windows where NBA players could compete but the selection is up to USA Basketball,” he said. “I know that in the third qualifying window, the US will be playing in Cuba in July and that team will be made up of G-League players.”