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American coaches must return to teaching fundamentals to compete with the influx of well-schooled international players flooding into the league, according to NBA Commissioner David Stern.
Speaking at a news conference during the
NBA Finals, Stern said international players had paid their American counterparts "the ultimate tribute" by raising their game to the caliber of the NBA.
"There is no difference in the skill level, no difference in the range of the game," he said. "It's really a lot of fun to watch. It's very much a global game."
Stern said international players were drilled and schooled differently to American ones.