The NBA wants to further establish itself in lucrative European and Asian markets. "I think there is a reasonable chance that we'll see an NBA team or teams in Europe within a decade," commissioner David Stern said at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan, where the Sonics and Clippers are playing two games.
HORNETS: Swingman Jamal Mashburn is scheduled for arthroscopic knee surgery Monday, and no timetable has been set for his return. Loose particles will be removed from his right knee.
WARRIORS: Mickael Pietrus, the team's top draft pick this summer, went on the injured list with a sprained left ankle.
NETS 84, WOLVES 61: Jason Kidd picked up his game after Kenyon Martin went down with an ugly ankle injury for New Jersey.
Kidd recorded his 51st career triple double with 21 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds in the home opener. Richard Jefferson added 26 points as the Nets held Minnesota to a franchise low in points.
Martin left early in the second half after hurting his left ankle. X-rays were negative, and he is set to be re-evaluated today.
BULLS 100, HAWKS 94: Eddy Curry scored 22 and Tyson Chandler had 13 with a career-high 22 rebounds for host Chicago. Chandler was fouled after grabbing his final rebound and made a free throw to give the Bulls a 88-87 lead with 3:25 left.
The Bulls honored Jerry Krause for his work in helping build the dominant team of the 1990s. He was general manager from 1985-2002 and retired late last season, citing health problems.