WASHINGTON (AP) -NBA commissioner David Stern sees more of a need for new pro basketball teams in China than in North America.
``I think 30 teams is a nice, round number, and I would not be recommending to the NBA owners to expand,'' Stern said before Game 4 of the first-round playoff series between the Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers.
``We will see in the next couple of years, coming out of the Beijing Olympics, the possibility of some joint venture between the NBA and someone in China about an NBA-sponsored and -branded league in China.''
Stern added that ``an NBA of China'' is closer to happening than what he called a 20-year plan for having five franchises in Europe, and that, ``domestically, we have enough teams.''
On the topic of a new building for the Orlando Magic, the commissioner said there was a recent ``midnight handshake'' and that ``they're working to finalize the deal, but with a very robust contribution from the team, there are now plans for a new arena.''
Stern has said that Orlando would be a candidate to host All-Star weekend with a new building.
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