6-3-19 - Andy Dolich
NBA has a Global Bounce

Andy Dolich -- 2015

NBA World Ball 

By Andy Dolich

When the ball was tossed up at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Thursday May 29 it marked the first time that NBA teams from two countries tipped off for the title.

Until 2000, when the Vancouver Grizzlies became the first NBA team to move across the border and relocated to Graceland, there were two franchises in the Great North.

In my three stints with NBA teams I saw first hand David Stern's vision for internationalizing the future of the NBA. During the 2018-19 season 108 of 494 roster spots were filled by international players. Here's a list of the birth locations of those you will see guarding the border between the USA and Canada.

Toronto Raptors
Marc Gasol -- Spain
Serge Ibaka -- Democratic Republic of the
OG Anunoby -- United Kingdom
Chris Boucher -- Saint Lucia
Pascal Siakam -- Cameroon
GM Masa Ujiri -- Nigeria
Assistant coach -- Sergio Sariolo -- Italy
Assistant coach -- Patrick Mutombo --
     Democratic Republic of the Congo
Golden State Warriors
Jonas Jerebko -- Sweden
Andrew Bogut -- Australia
Coach Steve Kerr -- Beirut, Lebanon

Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown played his high school ball in Wurzburg, Germany.
Jeremy Lin is now sitting quietly on the Raptors bench. The local from Palo Alto High School and Harvard University defined the worldwide impact of the NBA during the Linsanity Days of 2012 when he was a New York Knick.

As all my northern neighbor friends like to point out, ad nauseam, it was Dr. James Naismith, a Canadian, who is credited with inventing basketball in 1891. It was David Stern and his visionary posse of global hoopheads who saw the future of World Ball.

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Andy Dolich has over five decades of leadership in the sports industry, including executive positions in the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, pro soccer and lacrosse. Presently Dolich is COO of the Fan Controlled Football League (FCFL) and teaches sports business at Stanford's School of Continuing Studies. Dolich is also co-author of the new book:
3-6-17 - Pops

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