Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Nets to play Thunder, Heat in Mexico City

Nets to play Thunder, Heat in Mexico City

The NBA will make its return to Mexico City this upcoming 2017-18 season, where the Brooklyn Nets will face the Oklahoma City Thunder on December 7 and the Miami Heat on December 9.

The NBA staged two games in Mexico last season, with the Phoenix Suns facing Dallas and San Antonio there in January.

The games will be played in honor of the 25th anniversary of the first time the National Basketball Association played a game in Mexico.

The games commemorate the 25th anniversary of the first National Basketball Association game ever played in Mexico. The Thunder center had his passport canceled by the Turkish government while traveling in Europe this summer, and hasn't been out of the United States since returning on May 21, spending most of his time in New York City.

This is not the team's first venture out of the country, outside of playing in Toronto. It may also signal an uptick in the number of games we can expect to see played there in the future.

The Miami Heat will be taking their talents south of the border for the 25th anniversary of the NBA's inaugural game in Mexico City.

A party familiar with the schedule confirmed that the Heat were in the mix for the games in Mexico City. "These games afford us the opportunity to further expand our global footprint and reach thousands of new fans in a market where the sport is experiencing extraordinary growth".

"I am pleased to be extending the Nets' global presence to Mexico in December", added Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment.

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).

The games will be will be available to fans around the world on television and digital media.

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