NBA Draft 2011
June 23, 2011 by staff
NBA Draft 2011, According to several sites in the NBA mock draft, there are at least six international players who could go in the first 30 first-rounders. And looking at a team like the 2011 champion of the NBA Dallas Mavericks, who have five international players in his fifteen men on the list, you can win with them.
Add to that the recent sports media hysteria about the search for the Minnesota Timberwolves and the acquisition of 20-year-old Ricky Rubio Spanish phenomenon, and one might think this is a college All-American first-round pick.
From the 2010-11 season, the NBA had 84 international players, a record high. And a team that has taken the lead in the pursuit of internationalism in the NBA New Jersey Nets. They have a Russian billionaire owner, and several international players and sponsors. Last season the Nets played an NBA game with one of its own international teams in the league (Toronto Raptors, Canada) in London.
Last year, he traveled to China for preseason, and before that held a basketball clinic in Russia. They are enthusiastically embracing a broader view of the NBA’s appeal beyond its traditional boundaries and fan base.
The Nets already have a web site in Russian and a television deal to televise games in Russia. The team, from top to bottom, has emphasized the need to attract international fans. “We’re trying to differentiate ourselves from any other NBA team, or even the other teams in U.S. sports, where we offer our product, which is NBA quality basketball to fans worldwide, “says Christophe Chalier, the President of the Council for the Nets.
And the NBA has been sensitive to this outreach effort. “Building the sport of basketball and the NBA at international level is a priority for the league as a whole, but we are delighted that the Nets are very supportive of this,” according to NBA Europe Vice President Sophie Goldschmidt.
European fans have responded, so the Lakers guard Kobe Bryant shirt is No. 1 in sales on the continent for several years. Note that Bryant spent several years of growth in Italy while his father Joe played professional basketball there. Because of this, Kobe speaks Italian fluently.
The effort to attract these international fans seems to be paying off. According to basketball writer Sarah C. James, from 2011, international sales of the League of goods increased by 35% and are expected to increase another 30% next year.
More than half of NBA.com site visitors are from outside the U.S. And NBA.com / China has always reached 7.5 million visitors to its website during the 2010 finals. The NBA Finals have become an international gold mine in the league, with emissions of 215 countries in 41 different languages.
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