Jsaad, it's a commendable idea but the NBA will only invest money in global expansion and markets, not the super saturation of a market that already has two very successful forms of basketball in it, that being the NBA and the NCAA.
With the economy being like it is people have only so much money to spend for entertainment. Minor league basketball will not be one of them. But the economy in other parts of the world is growing and the entertainment dollars to be spent their could easily be spent on NBA quality basketball. With a South American division, a European division and a Southeast Asia/Australian division the NBA would tap into untold amounts of new NBA talent and bring in thousands times more money.
Think about it. Does the NBA want to invest in untapped giant metropolitan markets where they then might get kids who would ordinarily grow up playing soccer to then make basketball their main sport, expand the sport and make tons of cash, or do they want to invest in a minor league system where they might get 5000 people filling some nothing arena in Louisville, Birmingham, Nashua, Boise, Omaha, and Santa Fe?
Stern wants teams in Tokyo, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Jakarta, Sydney, Melbourne, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Madrid, Athens, Moscow, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janiero, Brasilia, and places of that ilk. The last thing he wants to do is try to squeeze more pennies out of the American market when there's billions to be made elsewhere.