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NBA announces international dates for 2013 preseason schedule

Aug 15, 2013, 3:17 PM EDT

Los Angeles Lakers NBA star Kobe Bryant poses with young players for pictures during a corporate event in Shanghai Reuters

The NBA formally announced its complete preseason schedule on Thursday, although the league’s individual teams have been making the information public over the past couple of weeks.

Of note is the fact that the preseason will tip off on Oct. 5, with the Oklahoma City Thunder heading to Istanbul to take on Turkish basketball club Fenerbahce Ulker.

It’s the first of an eight-game slate of international games being played in eight different cities. The rest of the dates are as follows:

October 6            Philadelphia @ Bilbao Basket           Bizkaia Arena, Bilbao, Spain

October 8            Oklahoma City @ Philadelphia        Phones 4u Arena, Manchester, England

October 10            Houston @ Indiana                          Mall of Asia Arena, Manila, Philippines

October 12          Chicago @ Washington                     HSBC Arena, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

October 13            Indiana @ Houston                          Taipei Arena, Taipei, Taiwan

October 15            Golden State @ LA Lakers              MasterCard Center, Beijing, China

October 18            LA Lakers @ Golden State              Mercedes-Benz Arena, Shanghai, China

All eight international contests will be televised by NBA TV.

  1. lakerade - Aug 15, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Any insight into how teams are selected for int’l travel? Or is it simply on a rotating basis? The regular season contests involving the Spurs and Wolves to Mexico make some sense, but is sending Philly anywhere right now really the best way to promote the NBA around the world?

    • scorp16 - Aug 15, 2013 at 8:44 PM

      Agreed.
      And a Lakers team to China without Kobe? Would have made more sense to have the Lakers play the Grizzlies in Spain for the Gasol brothers. Would have made more sense to go with OKC vs Rockets in China (Star power plus the Lin factor).

    • badintent - Aug 17, 2013 at 2:31 AM

      Metta WORLD PEACE ! WITH A NAME LIKE THAT HE AND THE KNICKS SHOULD PLAY IN NORTH KOREA WITH RODMAN AS REF.

  2. 700levelvet - Aug 15, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Great… Now the rest of the world can experience the garbage that permeates in the NBA… Where about 3 teams are decent, and the rest are just collecting paychecks…it’s wrestling basically, fixed and they need a dumb audience to feed its existence….

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