The "IBA": Should the NBA Go International?

Brent FarleyContributor IJune 7, 2009

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The National Basketball Association has worked hard to bring talent in from all over the world, and the League has largely been successful.

The Phoenix Suns alone have two-time MVP Steve Nash from Canada and speedy Leandro Barbosa from Brazil. Heck, the San Antonio Spurs should be named after a foreign country instead of a city in Texas with all the extranational talen they have! And don't forget about the big man from China, Yao Ming.

In recent years, the NBA has made a point to look in other countries for stars, and they have done a good job bringing them into the fold. But is this good for the Association?

This preseason, the Suns will play the Philadelphia 76ers in Mexico, and the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz will mix it up in London. To date, the NBA has played 93 games outside of the United States and Canada in 16 countries and territories.

By bringing in talent from around the globe, it heats up the competition and it makes the game more exciting. But it also gives children from the United States an even slimmer opportunity of fulfilling their dreams of hitting that last-second shot on the court.

With the push to search for players overseas, should the NBA limit the number of foreign players, as the Canadian Football League has done? Or should the NBA continue on its current path, trying to reach every nook and cranny with the game of basketball?

The name of the organization is the National Basketball Association, but maybe they should reconsider renaming it. With this global push, they should be called the International Basketball Association.