The NBA is coming to London!
The NBA will play two regular season games in London next March, part of a push to bring professional basketball to the city before it hosts the 2012 Olympics.
The matches, to be held at London’s O2 Arena on March 4 and 5, will feature the Toronto Raptors and the New Jersey Nets and will represent one home date and one away date for both teams. The staging of our first regular-season games in Europe is a milestone for the NBA and the ongoing development of basketball in the region,” said NBA commissioner David Stern.
The league has played a handful of regular season games outside North America since holding its first in Japan in 1990, but has never played any in Europe. The two games, to highlight the league’s newfound international flavour, fulfil a promise first made by Stern in 2007 to hold regular season games in the English capital.
The Raptors’ current 18-man roster lists players from the U.S., Italy, Spain, Lithuania, Slovenia, Australia, Brazil and Nigeria, while the New Jersey Nets were recently bought by Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, who said he wants to the team to build a global fan base.
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