Published: Сб, Августа 12, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Nets to play Thunder, Heat in Mexico City

Nets to play Thunder, Heat in Mexico City

Brooklyn is also reportedly scheduled to play Miami two days later, December 9 at Mexico City Arena.

NBA Most Valuable Player Russell Westbrook, and Chinese-American playmaker Jeremy Lin will be featured in two regular-season games to be played in Mexico City next season, the league announced Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).

It was announced today that the Thunder will be taking on the Brooklyn Nets in Mexico City on December 7, 2017.

The Heat have played several worldwide exhibitions over their previous 29 seasons, with this their first global regular-season game.

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The games will be broadcast in the USA live by ESPN and Televisa in Mexico.

"The Brooklyn Nets are honored to be the host team for the 2017 NBA Mexico City games and help the league celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first NBA game in Mexico", Marks said. The event itself is a celebration of the NBA's games in Mexico City. Besides Canada, however, this will be the Thunder's first tilt in a foreign country that will be dripping with playoff implications, as all 82 regular season games do. While we have no immediate plans to expand the National Basketball Association, one of the things that we look at is whether expanding would be additive to the league as a whole.

While it might be a bit unfortunate for the basketball fans of Mexico City that the Nets will be playing in both games, it's still cool to see the NBA bringing the Global Games to Mexico yet again, and continuing to grow the game outside of the United States. Clearly coming to Mexico City just because of the huge population here in Mexico but in essence as a gateway to the rest of Latin America could potentially be very important to the league.

The Thunder has traveled internationally to compete outside the NBA's 28 cities before. "So that's something that we will continue to look at".

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