Mumbai, Sept. 28 -- The jury has been out for a long time on how much the National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season offshore games actually help the players. Do these exhibition matches prepare them for the rigours of the tough battles ahead or do they end up as public relations and marketing exercises?

Many top European clubs in recent times have travelled to Asia and North America and the long voyages across continents-the coaches feel-leave their players fatigued, cause injuries and leave them under-prepared at the start of the season.

Questions on the importance, relevance and necessity of these games dominated an interaction Sacramento Kings small forward Harrison Barnes and his Indiana Pacers counterpart Doug McDermott had wi...