Bucks news: Before Team USA went to China to compete in the FIBA World Cup, they had a series of exhibition games held in Australia. Milwaukee Bucks’ Brook Lopez, who is a member of the American national basketball team, can’t help but be amazed by the overwhelming support that the fans have shown during their brief stay in the country.
The Americans faced the Australian Boomers twice in Marvel Studios in Melbourne on August 22 and 24 before ending their trip with a game against Canada in the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney on August 26. At least 50,000 people watched those games live, and according to Lopez, the overwhelming support of fans really impressed him and his teammates during that trip. BroLo believes that it speaks volumes as to how much basketball has grown in the country. (via ESPN).
“We were just like, ‘Wow, you know, basketball has got a chance to be a really big thing here.’ It’s grown a lot in the last decade or so. You’ve had a lot of great, talented players.”
In fact, Lopez wants the NBA should start considering playing official NBA games in Australia.
“I think it is time for the NBA to come out, play games here, preseason, regular season, whatever it is, and keep building and growing the game out here. It’s something special.”
Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen some NBA preseason and regular season games played outside of the US. From the Philippines in Asia, to London in Europe, the league has constantly expanded to allow fans from all over the world to witness some of their favorite basketball players in the flesh.
It is unclear if the NBA will entertain Lopez’s idea anytime soon, but given the amount of fans who came to watch a depleted USA side in those scrimmages, imagine how many people would flood those arenas if games featured the likes of LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, and Kyrie Irving.
For now, all we can do is wait. But if ever the league will decide to allow Australia host some of its games, the country will surely not disappoint.
BroLo can vouch for them. After all, he’s already a fan-favorite there.
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