The National Basketball Association (NBA) has announced that the Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers will play a regular season fixture in London during the North American league’s Global Games series.
The Nuggets will face off against the Pacers at The O2 arena in London on January 12, the seventh time that the league will stage a regular-season game in the English capital. Neither team has played in the UK before.
The NBA will support next year’s match with a series of interactive fan activities, NBA Cares community outreach initiatives and Jr. NBA basketball programs as part of a wider effort to enhance the league’s presence in the UK and Europe.
“With almost 25 per cent of players in the NBA born outside of the United States, we are seeing first-hand the global growth of our game, which has never been more popular in the UK,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said.
Benjamin Morel, NBA EMEA senior vice-president and managing director, added: “Surrounding the game, the NBA will also host interactive activities for fans and social responsibility initiatives to impact the local community, continuing our efforts to grow basketball across the region.”
The Toronto Raptors beat Orlando Magic 106-103 in last season’s Global Games event in London. Earlier this month, the NBA announced that Mexico will host two consecutive regular-season games for the first time in 2017, as part of the Global Games. The Phoenix Suns will feature in both games, facing off against Dallas Mavericks on January 12 and San Antonio Spurs on January 14. Both fixtures will take place at the Mexico City Arena.