Ha, nice dig at the Power there Jack, very cute. I wonder how the responses will be if the Tiggers catch your Crows by the tail this weekend and eat ya'll up?
Anyhoo, I digress, the topic has of course been spoken about for ages. This article appears to be more direct however, showing that the NBL bosses are not going to accept mediocrity. Nor should they!
One team every year or two is fine I think, and yes the front runners may be:
Aukland (a second NZ team)
Where I do not see expansion in the immediate future is Sydney, already a second team (Hawks) nearby and the ings still need to establish a stronger foothold.
Adelaide is also not ready for a second team, IMHO the 6ers are almost there but risk being hurt by a second team for at least another 5 years.
Queensland is also a no-touch zone for some time, two teams are still not quite established but Cairns is probably the more settled of the two and the Bullets should get crowd support if they continue to improve.
NZ could expand if they show solid crowds and the infrastructure capacity they are speaking about to support that second franchise, but Asia for me is just not a clever plan, too many issues to even consider it. (Still have Slinger-Phobia).
The best chance for expansion is obviously a major city, even if it competes with an existing franchise, but please forget the Tigers in Melbourne, it has to be more like a Dragons franchise, to capture enough of the market not already scooped up by the United (Ex-Tigers).
That leaves rural zones, maybe within 5 or so years, but I can see towns like Bendigo or Geelong having that potential if they continue to grow and build that court that is big enough and modern enough to make an NBL game one of the biggest tickets to buy in the summer, remember no football to compete with!
Just my 2cents worth...