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    Very interestingly, Real Madrid's Florentino Perez is very intrigued about bringing his team, a legendary and dominant EuroLeague and ACB basketball club for many decades, over to the NBA. Madrid's got very good arenas for basketball like the Barclaycard Arena. Yes, NBA basketball is very popular in Spain with no small part to the success of the Gasol brothers, both of whom won NBA championships, along with other notable NBA players from there like Ricky Rubio, Rudy Fernandez, and Spain is an international basketball force also for decades. But just like London and Paris, Madrid won't work presently because of the trans-Atlantic travel required. Unlike Canada when it got Toronto and Vancouver ready to play back in 1995, Spain was already fertile ground for basketball nationally and was accessible to those who seek it at the grassroots and to the media, for example. So there's a passionate though maybe demanding fanbase already installed in Madrid. Honeymoon has to be longer than what Vancouver endured as this Madrid squad struggles in finding their footing in the early going:
    https://northernstar.info/sports/huf...9348cba2d.html
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    Amazing that the Portland Trail Blazers came to existence 50 years ago along with Cleveland and Buffalo (now the Los Angeles Clippers via San Diego). How was it accomplished? Hard to think Portland without them much like the Timbers and Red Thorns in soccer. A desire for additional westward NBA expansion; Harry Glickman's unwavering vision for Portland landing a pro sports team; his harrowing drive to get development investors like the Larry Weinberg, Robert Schmertz, and Herman Sarkowsky on short notice; and Baltimore Bullets owner and NBA expansion committee president Abe Pollin belief in Portland in the NBA and locking himself in the bathroom waiting for that signed $750,000 letter of credit as Glickman retrieved to get his raincoat in Beverly Hills. Portland was experiencing a changing culture at that time. Glickman almost turned his direction to the NFL:
    https://www.opb.org/news/article/por...arry-glickman/

    But Portland residents didn't entirely warm up to their shiny new toy right away or its publicity efforts back in 1970 after the $3.7 million expansion fee was paid with "a tepid turnout and muted expectations" resulting in a 115-112 home win over fellow expansionist Cleveland to a "sparse crowd" at the Portland Memorial Coliseum in its first game eventually going 29-53, second-best NBA expansion record at the time and more than Buffalo and Cleveland. Then-NBA commissioner actively rooted for Portland for the city had a soft spot in him while there. But more converts soon came to endure all the high points, whiffs, heartache, bad/embarassing ones along the 50 years of history being an integral part of the local civic fabric:
    https://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/2...th-season.html
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    NBA2LOU in Louisville launches a new 3-tiered VIP ambassadors club to significantly expand its grassroots support base in highlighting those dedicated profiles with solid financial footing. Local promotion coming very soon. Board could expand too. Still frustrated over no official NBA expansion timeline to kick things into high gear with hopes of that one major investor coming in:
    https://www.bizjournals.com/louisvil...-insiders.html
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    Rick Suter from USA Today's Touchdown Wire presents the 14 cities worthy of a serious NBA expansion look. Yes, it's another NBA expansion list and expresses the cases for them along with the odds for each. Has some interesting choices here like long shots Columbus, Jacksonville, Austin, and Nashville. Got Montreal but not with Vancouver, though:
    https://touchdownwire.usatoday.com/2...t-an-nba-team/
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    Rick Welts, very well-respected NBA figure currently at Golden St., was with the Seattle SuperSonics as a native ballboy. But even he notes of the difficult path back for his beloved hometown and its hometown SuperSonics in the upcoming NBA expansion sweepstakes despite his major hopes:
    https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/wa...e-get-nba-team
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    Ahead of the upcoming NBA Mexico Games 2019 in Mexico City for Thursday and Saturday (the 29th and 30th games in Mexico since 1992), a new 2,023 square-foot retail space NBA store in Mexico City's Polanco is now "abierto para negocios". Hopefully, we'll also learn more about Mexico City's NBA/G-League expansion prospects during this week:
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/chrissh.../#2a615db470f4
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    No NBA expansion team coming. But nonetheless the NBA makes the landmark announcement in welcoming next season a Mexico City-based team into the G-League, as was announced right at the start of the 2019 NBA Mexico Games in strengthening its Latin American connections and expansion. The Mexico City Capitanes, created in 2016 in Mexico's LNPB, will play as an independent G-League team under a initial 5-year stint starting in 2020-21 likely with a few Mexican players but majority American ones. The timetable will make an interesting test and first step to gauge potential $1 billion+ NBA expansion into Mexico City, the largest city in North America with 38 million people the NBA is long intrigued with, sometime after those five years. The NBA/G-League becomes the first top-level pro North American sports league to have franchises in the USA, Canada, and Mexico at the same time.
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    Starting to think if after the 5-year Mexico City G-League agreement possibly succeeds, we could very well see the harbinger of the NBA's strong intrigue on Mexico City become more concrete with an NBA expansion team. Could also very well see Orlando Mendez-Valdez, who has San Antonio ties, playing as a guard for the G-League Capitanes and help promote NBA basketball to Mexico City residents that are increasingly ready. But not before the NBA working out the kinks like contracts involving conversions with the Mexican peso and labor:
    https://www.lineups.com/articles/cou...inger-for-nba/

    Dan Issel believes Louisville is ready for NBA expansion with the KFC Yum! Center taking of the local tax break issues, The NBA's presence in the Commonwealth of Kentucky will only help and connect to co-exist with long established college basketball programs like Louisville Cardinals, Kentucky Wildcats, Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, and Murray St. Racers along with Northern Kentucky Norse, Bellarmine Knights, Eastern Kentucky Colonels, and Kentucky St. Thoroughbreds in enhanced recruiting to draw young players. Building the average home game ticket set at $45 a game at the KFC Yum! Center. Encouraged by accident from a Hunden Strategic Partners' professional team potential study as it ranks cities without a professional sports team that saw Louisville ranked #2 (for all of Kentucky) behind Austin, Texas based on things like disposable income, market size, and population growth but not grassroots development. Still working to attract an owner or majority investors to generate the estimated $1.4 billion to start the franchise and the NBA knows all about these developments. But, as Issel says, this proposed Louisville NBA expansion team must get support from the entire state, which may explain why it would be called Kentucky:
    https://247sports.com/college/kentuc...lle-141869151/

    Sports Illustrated's legal analyst and staff writer Michael McCann boldly predicts at The Crossover the NBA will award Seattle and Louisville with expansion teams sometime in the 2020s. McCann justifies his selection of Louisville--though "debatable" over Las Vegas, Vancouver, Mexico City, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Virginia Beach despite being a smaller market--on the long engrained love of basketball in the region and will serve as the only top pro sports game in town. Will play in the Eastern Conference:
    https://www.si.com/nba/2020/01/01/nb...dictions-2020s
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    Kinda interesting that Austin is deemed by NBA prognosticators a bigger and more desirable contender for NBA expansion than Louisville. Las Vegas, Vancouver, Mexico City, Kansas City, St. Louis, and even San Diego I can see over Kentucky's largest city. Don't get me wrong: Austin is a fast-rising city as Texas' state capital, just got a new MLS expansion soccer team, and clearly outgrown its college city perception with so much to do there. I do think Texas can have 4 cities. But I need to see some reports on Austin's NBA prospects and efforts to make that a reality.

    We all know about the NBA's not-quite-ready desire or disinterest to expand in the near future with some aspects that needs working on. Obviously, don't try telling that to Dan Issel and his NBA4Lou group. At least they'll be among the candidates ready when the NBA eventually makes its expansion plans official. One thing I disagree with the Kentucky public is the taking away the awe of archrivals Kentucky Wildcats and Louisville Cardinals and even Western Kentucky Hilltoppers aspect when the NBA moves in. It won't and will co-exist. Both programs, although Louisville wasn't quite as nationally prominent back then, co-existed well alongside the ABA's Kentucky Colonels from 1967-76, a stable and very successful pro team that Dan Issel continued his basketball legend. Plus, there's already plenty of NBA markets with longstanding NBA and NCAA D1 basketball co-existence--Philadelphia, New York, Seattle, Atlanta, Houston, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, Washington, Boston, Memphis, Oklahoma City. However, the University of Louisville, being the primary tenant at the KFC Yum! Center, will have a significant say over the scheduling of dates, for example, with the prospective Louisville NBA team; it can compete with a lot of North American arenas. Louisville's economics doesn't make it feasible to have another new arena built there:
    https://www.aseaofblue.com/2020/1/13...-nba-expansion
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    Sportsnet's basketball reporter Michael Grange reports that a lot of NBA expansion prognosticators and insiders widely believe the two future NBA cities that will raise it to 32 will be Seattle and...Las Vegas as the second city. Las Vegas makes sense in a lot of ways should it get chosen and would be great for the NBA. Expansion isn't certain or inevitable. But when discussing the matter, it's a more of a matter of if rather than when. Say, 2022 or a little later this new decade. But the second choice candidate still remains wide open right now:
    https://www.sportsnet.ca/nba/article...n-masai-ujiri/
    https://nba.nbcsports.com/2021/01/09...on-until-2022/
    https://sportsnaut.com/nba-expansion...vegas-seattle/

    Now, we're learning about a deep-pocketed prospective group emerging with plans in securing the NBA more regularly to Las Vegas with Jay Bloom as the point man and lining things up with this group, motivational speaker Tony Robbins, and former UNLV basketball player Marcus Banks as part of it, among others:
    https://lasvegassun.com/news/2021/ju...ources-desire/
    https://nba.nbcsports.com/2021/06/04...-to-las-vegas/
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