NBA Global Games Schedule Begins With Boston Celtics Playing Olimpia Milano
For the sixth time in the NBA’s history, a regular season game will be played overseas as the league seeks to further its reputation as being a universally beloved sport. For the upcoming campaign, the NBA Global Games will feature the Orlando Magic playing the Toronto Raptors on January 14 at The O2 in London, UK.
The NBA first started playing regular season games in London back in 2011, when the Raptors were one of the first participants to play a meaningful game across the ocean. The regular season game between the Magic and Raptors is part of a seven-event NBA Global Games schedule that spans from October to mid-January.
It begins on October 6 when the Boston Celtics travel to Milan, Italy to face Olimpia Milano, followed by a game two days later against Real Madrid in Spain. The Charlotte Hornets and Los Angeles Clippers have two games in China on October 11 and October 14, and then a few days later, Magic take on Flamengo on October 17 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The final two events are on December 3, when the Sacramento Kings match up with the Celtics, capped off by the aforementioned Magic and Raptors contest in mid-January in London.
NBA Global Games tour tickets on Ticketbis.com range from $67 to $122. Of the three listed games, the least expensive is the Celtics game in Madrid, Spain, in which tickets start from $67.80. The most expensive tickets are for the Magic game against Flamengo, having a starting price of $121.39.
The NBA regular season is weeks away from tipping off, as the first slate of games are scheduled for Tuesday, October 27. The three games to kick off the new season consist of the Detroit Pistons squaring off with the Atlanta Hawks, the New Orleans Pelicans taking on the defending champion Golden State Warriors, and LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers going against Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls in a huge Eastern Conference showdown.
Basketball’s growing global popularity is showing up in the rosters produced around the NBA every season. In this year’s NBA Draft, Latvian forward Kristaps Porzingis was selected No. 4 overall, Mario Hezonja from Croatia was taken No. 5 overall, and Emmanuel Mudiay who played one season in China, was tabbed with the No. 7 overall pick.