Minor league plans already in the works

Updated: April 3, 2004, 3:41 AM ET
By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
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NEW YORK -- The NBA held a media event Wednesday to announce the expansion of its international Basketball Without Borders camps to Brazil and South Africa this summer.

After the event I talked one-on-one with NBA commissioner David Stern about the state of international basketball, the growing tide of teenagers (from the U.S. and abroad) flooding the league and the steps the league was taking to address the issues.

David Stern
David Stern
Stern, in a very candid interview, wavered a little on the league's push for an age limit and said the league intends to collectively bargain with the union to expand the NBDL in an effort to create a true NBA minor league system.

Here's an edited transcript of what turned into a pretty ground-breaking discussion with the commissioner about the future of the league both here and abroad.

Chad Ford

Senior Writer, NBA Insider

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