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Nets to play Thunder in Mexico City

Brooklyn will then face the Miami Heat
Photo: Taken from NBA México Twitter account
06/12/2017
14:53
Reuters
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This week, fans in Mexico will receive a first-hand look at reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Russell Westbrook when the Oklahoma City Thunder play the Brooklyn Nets in Mexico City.

The NBA Mexico City games feature the Nets playing a regular-season contest against Westbrook, four-time All-Star Paul George and the Thunder tomorrow December 7.

Brooklyn will then face the Miami Heat two days later.

 

“They will also mark the 25th anniversary of our first game in Mexico City, a milestone in our relationship with our Mexican fans and a further indication of our desire to strengthen our ties to Mexico and Latin America,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.

In January, the NBA held two games in Mexico with the Phoenix Suns playing against the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs.

On Twitter, NBA Mexico shared encouraging words from Charles Barkley, the “Round Mound of Rebound,” to the NBA's fanbase in Mexico prior to the games:

  

“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. We are excited to take part in fostering the NBA’s global outreach and to connect with the Nets current and growing fan base in Mexico. Our players and staff are looking forward to exploring Mexico City and its culture while providing fans with the experience of two regular-season Brooklyn Nets games,” Nets General Manager Sean Marks said.

Thunder General Manager Sam Presti offered a similar sentiment: “We’re excited to be asked to participate in the NBA Mexico City games 2017 as the NBA expands its global reach. As we enter only our 10th season of Thunder Basketball in Oklahoma City, we feel incredibly fortunate that our team and fan base will get to experience our first regular-season game abroad.”

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