NBA Global Games 2014-15 tipped off on Oct. 8 and includes preseason games in Berlin, Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai and Beijing; Regular-season games in Mexico City and London.
NEW YORK, Oct. 7, 2014 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) will tip off NBA Global Games 2014-15 on Oct. 8 with five international preseason games, followed by two regular-season games in November and January. Overall, nine NBA teams will play seven games in seven cities in six countries as the league continues to expand globally.
The preseason Global Games in Europe and China will air live on NBA TV, with the preseason Global Game in Rio de Janeiro airing live on ESPNEWS. All Global Games will reach fans in 215 countries and territories and are available on International NBA LEAGUE PASS.
Preseason NBA Global Games will be supported across all markets by world-class marketing partners, including presenting partners Sportlobster (Berlin), Garanti Bank (Istanbul), Oi (Rio) and ZTE Mobile (Shanghai and Beijing), and by 54 television, radio and digital partners. The league will conduct more than 20 consumer promotions, four interactive fan events and seven NBA Cares events.
Forty-four international NBA players will participate in NBA Global Games 2014-15.
NBA Global Games 2014-15 Schedule:
1) San Antonio Spurs vs. Alba Berlin, Oct. 8; 2 p.m., Berlin, Germany, O2 World Berlin, NBA TV
2) San Antonio Spurs vs. Fenerbahçe Ülker Istanbul, Oct. 11; 12 p.m., Istanbul, Turkey, Ülker Sports Arena, NBA TV
3) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Miami Heat, Oct. 11; 5 p.m., Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, HSBC Arena, ESPNEWS
4) Sacramento Kings vs. Brooklyn Nets, Oct. 12; 1 a.m., Shanghai, China, Mercedes-Benz Arena, NBA TV
5) Brooklyn Nets vs. Sacramento Kings, Oct. 15; 7:30 a.m., Beijing, China, MasterCard Center, NBA TV
1) Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, Nov. 12; 10 p.m., Mexico City, Mexico, Mexico City Arena, ESPN
2) Milwaukee Bucks vs. New York Knicks, Jan. 15; 3 p.m., London, England, The O2, NBA TV
The defending champion San Antonio Spurs, who won the championship last season with a record nine international players, will tip off NBA Global Games against eight-time German champions Alba Berlin and six-time Turkish champions Fenerbahçe Ülker Istanbul.
The game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat will mark the NBA’s second game in South America and LeBron James’ first matchup against his former team, the Miami Heat. It will also be the first time Cavaliers forward Anderson Varejão plays an NBA game in his native Brazil. There will be a record seven Brazilian players on NBA rosters at the start of the 2014-15 season.
The league’s two foreign-born owners, Vivek Ranadivé of the Sacramento Kings and Mikhail Prokhorov of the Brooklyn Nets, will have their teams square off twice for the first time outside North America in China. The two games will feature three 2014 FIBA World Cup gold medalists from the USA Basketball Men’s National Team: Mason Plumlee of the Nets, and DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay of the Kings.
NBA Global Games 2014-15 will conclude with two regular-season games when the Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves play in Mexico and the Milwaukee Bucks and New York Knicks travel to the United Kingdom. The two games will feature 10 participants from the 2014 FIBA World Cup.