NBL Confirms Seven Pre-Season Games Against NBA Teams In Pre-Season
Five NBL teams will travel to the United States to take part in seven pre-season games in September and October.
The Adelaide 36ers, Melbourne United, New Zealand Breakers, Perth Wildcats and Sydney Kings will play seven games against NBA teams for the NBA pre-season.
It's the most games NBA teams have ever played against an international league in a single pre-season.
The increased number of games symbolizes the continued strength of the NBL-NBA partnership and the growth of our league in Australia and New Zealand," NBL owner and executive chairman Larry Kestelman said.
"These initiatives continue to position the NBL as the second best league and entertainment product in the world outside the NBA."
Sydney Kings star Andrew Bogut said he was looking forward to the chance to return to the US.
"I’m excited to have the opportunity to play for the Sydney Kings against the LA Clippers," he said.
"This is also a great opportunity to showcase the NBL against some of the best players in the world at a time when the league and Australian and New Zealand basketball is thriving.”
September 28: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Melbourne United, Wells Fargo Centre
September 29: Utah Jazz vs. Perth Wildcats, Vivint Smart Home Arena
September 30: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Sydney Kings, Stan Sheriff Center
October 3: Phoenix Suns vs. New Zealand Breakers, Taking Stick Resort Arena
October 5: Denver Nuggets vs. Perth Wildcats, Pepsi Center
October 5: Toronto Raptors vs. Melbourne United, Scotiabank Arena
October 5: Utah Jazz vs. Adelaide 36ers, Vivint Smart Home Arena