"Global Games" slate for the 2014-15 season on Thursday, featuring a pair of regular-season games that will bring the league back to London and Mexico City, as well as five preseason affairs in Brazil, China, Germany and Turkey.The NBA announced its
The lucky ducks who complete their international travel schedule in October, before the games that count tip off, include the Brooklyn Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers and Sacramento Kings, as well as still-alive conference finalists the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat.
The Nets and Spurs both pulled regular-season duty this past season. Brooklyn flew across the pond back in January to take on the Atlanta Hawks. The Spurs traveled down to Mexico, but saw their scheduled matchup with the Minnesota Timberwolves postponed due to a generator malfunction during pregame warmups that filled the court with smoke and forced an evacuation of Mexico City Arena. The game was re-scheduled for April, when the Spurs were well on their way to another playoff berth and the Timberwolves were headed for another trip to the lottery. Minnesota won.
The Wolves are surely hoping that the folks in charge at Mexico City Arena will have that generator thing figured out at some point over the next 5 1/2 months or so, since they're slated to head back down to take on Dwight Howard, James Harden and the Houston Rockets on Nov. 12. English audiences will welcome back the New York Knicks — who beat the Detroit Pistons in London back in 2012 — to take on the Milwaukee Bucks at The O2 on Jan. 15, 2014. (Given this new announcement, you'd suspect that the NBA wouldn't mind too terribly if All-Stars Kevin Love and Carmelo Anthony, both of whom will be at the center of scads of speculation this summer, stayed with their respective present employers and were on the court for the international games.)
"While London and Mexico City each have their own unique culture, they both have rich sports traditions and share a great passion for the NBA," said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. "These regular-season games will bring the excitement and incredible competition of our league to more fans in Europe and Latin America."
The four teams participating in the regular-season portion of NBA Global Games reflect the strong international makeup of the league. At the end of the 2013-14 regular season, the Bucks, Knicks, Rockets, and Timberwolves featured a combined 18 international players from 17 countries on their rosters.
The full international schedule:
Regular Season Games
Games | Date | Location | Arena
• Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves | Nov. 12 | Mexico City, Mexico | Mexico City Arena
• Milwaukee Bucks vs. New York Knicks | Jan. 15 | London, England | The 02
Games | Date | Location | Arena
• San Antonio Spurs vs. Alba Berlin | Oct. 8 | Berlin, Germany | O2 World Berlin
• San Antonio Spurs vs. Fenerbahçe Ülker Istanbul | Oct. 11 | Istanbul, Turkey | Ülker Sports Arena
• Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Miami Heat | Oct. 11 | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | HSBC Arena
• Brooklyn Nets vs. Sacramento Kings | Oct. 12 | Shanghai, China | Mercedes-Benz Arena
• Brooklyn Nets vs. Sacramento Kings | Oct. 15 | Beijing, China | MasterCard Center
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