United States centre Brook Lopez wants to see NBA teams play games in Australia, to continue building the momentum basketball is enjoying in this country.
Over 15,000 turned up at Sydney's Qudos Bank Arena on Monday to see the US beat neighbours Canada 84-68 in their final exhibition match before their World Cup defence starts in China next weekend.
Over the past week, 103,000 attended the two games at Melbourne's Marvel Stadium, where the US and Australia each notched a win and a loss.
NBL clubs are about to play NBA sides in America for a third straight year, but Lopez suggested it was time to consider moving matches in the opposite direction.
"It's so important to keep that momentum going, that's the one thing we were talking about in the locker room after this game," Lopez said.
"We were just like, 'Wow, you know, basketball has got a chance to be a really big thing here.
"It's grown a lot in the last decade or so. You've had a lot of great, talented players.
"I think it is time for the NBA to come out, play games here, pre-season, regular season, whatever it is, and keep building and growing the game out here. It's something special."
The Milwaukee Bucks big man saw little game time through the first three quarters, on Monday but the crowd chanted his name throughout the fourth, before coach Gregg Popovich put him into the game in the closing minutes, to a huge roar of approval.
"He was trying to fight it a bit but he finally acquiesced," Lopez quipped.
Popovich admitted as much, though like Lopez, he couldn't work out why the crowd showed such passionate support for the Bucks centre.
"What the hell was that all about?" Popovich said.
"We screwed with it for a while, we were trying to keep our focus, because we don't want to make anything silly.
"But, it got so ridiculous, that we finally, we succumbed to the crowd."
Popovich and his players will leave Australia this week believing their team is getting better, but with plenty of scope for improvement.
Boston's Jaylen Brown, who topscored for the US on Monday with 19 points, said the team was nowhere near it's peak.
"I think we are just scratching the surface, I think we have a lot of room to improve," Brown said.
"We have some good talent. We just have to continue to work together until it falls in place seamlessly."
Australian Associated Press