NBA Global Games 2013: Schedule and Dates for China, Phillippines and More

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NBA Global Games 2013: Schedule and Dates for China, Phillippines and More
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The global expansion of the NBA has reached new heights in recent seasons, as players and organizations have toured the world. In 2013-14, the league will take its attempts at reaching out to international markets to an even greater level.

The question is, when and where will those games transpire? More specifically, how can you watch the action?

NBA Global Games 2013-14
Preseason Games
Date Location Road Team Home Team TV
Oct. 5 Istanbul, Turkey Oklahoma City Thunder (95) Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (82) NBA TV
Oct. 6 Bilbao, Spain Philadelphia 76ers (106) Bilbao Basket (104) NBA TV
Oct. 8 Manchester, England Oklahoma City Thunder (103) Philadelphia 76ers (99) NBA TV
Oct. 10 Manila, Philippines Houston Rockets (116) Indiana Pacers (96) NBA TV
Oct. 12 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Chicago Bulls Washington Wizards NBA TV
Oct. 13 Taipei, Taiwan Houston Rockets Indiana Pacers NBA TV
Oct. 15 Beijing, China Golden State Warriors Los Angeles Lakers NBA TV
Oct. 18 Shanghai, China Golden State Warriors Los Angeles Lakers NBA TV
Regular Season Games
Date Location Road Team Home Team TV
Dec. 4 Mexico City, Mexico Minnesota Timberwolves San Antonio Spurs NBA TV
Jan. 16, 2014 London, England Atlanta Hawks Brooklyn Nets NBA TV

http://www.nba.com/global

 

Regular Season Games

 

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. San Antonio Spurs

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Date: Dec. 4 

TV: NBA TV

Location: Mexico City, Mexico

On Dec. 4, 2013, the NBA will make its regular season debut in international territory as the Minnesota Timberwolves face the San Antonio Spurs in Mexico City, Mexico. This is a fitting turn of events considering Minnesota and San Antonio have rosters that are laced with foreign players.

It doesn't hurt that Minnesota is in position to make a run at the postseason and the Spurs are the defending Western Conference champions.

Minnesota's roster includes Ricky Rubio of Spain, Nikola Pekovic of Montenegro, J.J. Barea of Puerto Rico, Alexey Shved of Russia, Ronny Turiaf of Martinique, France and Gorgui Dieng of Senegal. This international presence makes the T-Wolves a prime candidate to represent the NBA in international play.

That's exactly what they'll do in a game that will test Minnesota's postseason readiness.

The Spurs have earned the reputation as a team of international wealth by winning multiple NBA championships with foreign players. San Antonio is currently represented by Tony Parker, Boris Diaw and Nando de Colo of France, Manu Ginobili of Argentina, Tiago Splitter of Brazil, Aron Baynes of New Zealand, Marco Belinelli of Italy, Patty Mills of Australia and Cory Joseph of Canada.

Tim Duncan was born in the U.S. Virgin Islands if you want to continue talking global expansion.

These are the proper teams to represent the league, and when they meet, it should be a highly competitive, systematic affair. There are All-Stars on both rosters and both squads will be competing for postseason spots in the Western Conference.

Prepare for a good, and very international, game.

 

Atlanta Hawks vs. Brooklyn Nets

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Date: Jan. 15, 2014

TV: NBA TV

Location: London, England

The Atlanta Hawks will meet the Brooklyn Nets on Jan. 15, 2014 at The O2 in London, England. This will be the NBA's second trip to the United Kingdom in 2013-14 after the Oklahoma City Thunder played the Philadelphia 76ers on Oct. 8.

The Hawks versus Nets meeting will have a bit more of a long-term impact than a preseason meeting.

Atlanta is represented by the likes of Al Horford of the Dominican Republic, Dennis Schroeder of Germany, Gustavo Ayon of Mexico and Pero Antic of the Republic of Macedonia. With head coach Mike Budenholzer, who was a long-time assistant in San Antonio, Atlanta will know how to coach international players in a flowing system.

Throw in players such as Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague, and Atlanta is a postseason-caliber team.

The Nets have an international crop of players, as well, with the likes of Andrei Kirilenko of Russia, Tornike Shengelia of Georgia and Mirza Teletovic of Bosnia. The Nets will sell tickets and win games with their starting lineup, however, which consists of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez.

Prepare for a slug fest.

Atlanta has the system-style head coach to offset the elite abilities of opposing teams, while Brooklyn has as star-studded a rotation as any in the NBA. Under the bright lights of London, expect these two teams to represent the league in an extraordinary manner.

International stadiums will welcome two promising regular season meetings in 2013-14.

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