Thunder to Play Game in Mexico City


Thunder to Play Game in Mexico City

The NBA has announced that the league will be returning to Mexico City next season for two games, both of which will feature the Brooklyn Nets.

The NBA is expected to announce its worldwide regular-season games later this week, with the full 2017-18 regular-season schedule expected to be released next week.

Though the Barclays Center has been the team's home since the 2012-13 campaign, the new-look Nets, who are in rebuild mode under the guidance of general manager Sean Marks and head coach Kenny Atkinson, are looking forward to expanding their brand on a global scale.

The Thunder trot out the league's Most Valuable Player in Russell Westbrook along with his new teammate in four-time NBA All-Star swingman Paul George. "We are playing against two really good teams".

National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver has made it known that Mexico is a country the league would like to explore further, even mentioning the possibility of adding a franchise in Mexico City in the future.

"What we are trying to build here with the Nets is a diverse culture, whether it's with our staff or our players", Atkinson noted.

Brooklyn will also play the Miami Heat on Saturday, December 9. "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 overseas".

"In terms of a franchise in Mexico City, it's something that we're going to look at".

The Thunder may have a new destination overseas this regular-season.

The arguably absurd schedule of the National Basketball Association last season also had a lot of backlashes from television partners as certain players did not play in high profile matches last season thus sinking ratings for highly anticipated National Basketball Association games. "And, as I said, there is no market more important to us than Mexico". The game will be played at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico, and will technically be a Thunder away game.