Philadelphia 76ers’ coach Brett Brown believes NBL Executive Director Larry Kestelman’s plan for the Australian league’s teams to play preseason games against NBA sides would be welcomed ‘with open arms’ Down Under. “I think it makes complete sense,” Brown said in Brooklyn on Sunday. “The Australian basketball fraternity deserves it. I think they’re committed people; excellent coaches, a country that’s extremely passionate about basketball. They would certainly welcome them [NBA teams] with open arms, and treat them and manage the situation where Australia would be proud.”
In an exclusive interview with The Daily Telegraph, Kestelman confirmed his ambitious proposal for the NBL to take on the NBA’s best was well advanced. His goal is for teams like Sydney and Melbourne to play pre-season matches against some of the NBA’s biggest franchises. “We are having dialogue with the NBA and I won’t rest until we see the Sydney Kings playing the Warriors or the Chicago Bulls,” Kestelman said.