These days, with regular NBA players emerging to super stars we have to ask ourselves – what is really the difference between Europe and the NBA? Now I don’t want to start the whole thing again with “a different style of play”. Lets hear what a guy who grew up with European basketball and is a good NBA player right now: Andrea Bargnani.
I just read an interview with Andrea on fiba.com where he is talking about the difference between Europe and the United States.
“All the people that work around the league (NBA), the organisation is perfect,” he said. “It would be some thing amazing if we could have that organisation in Europe. Basketball is a little bit bigger but in Italy, compared to soccer, everything is very small so it is very difficult for basketball to be like soccer. Basketball is still very, very small in Italy.”
Well I will find out if this is true since I will live in Italy for the next 8 months. I will start off next week and see how much the Italians like the NBA and if the NBA EUROPE LIVE event will be a big event of Italians.
I am sure Andrea is right in some way with the organisation in the NBA is perfect, but it looks like at least all Euroleague teams are getting there. Of course it is not easy to organize all the national leagues with their different levels but the very top level is comparable to the NBA. We will see.