NBA to tip off in South America for the second time

North American basketball league the NBA is to stage only its second game in South America as part of its Global Games 2014 lineup.

The NBA will stage five preseason games in four countries this October. The Brooklyn Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Sacramento Kings and San Antonio Spurs will all participate in the series, as will various teams from other regional competitions.

The 2014 Global Games will begin on October 8 when the San Antonio Spurs face Euroleague Basketball team Alba Berlin at the O2 World arena in the German capital. The Spurs will then play Turkish club Fenerbahçe Ülker Istanbul on October 11 at the Ülker Sports Arena in Istanbul. Cleveland Cavaliers will face Miami Heat on the same day at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in what will be the NBA’s second visit to South America.

The series will then head to Asia with the Brooklyn Nets facing off against Sacramento Kings at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, on October 12. The two teams will head across country to face each other for a second time at Beijing's MasterCard Center on October 15.

In addition to on-court action, the NBA Global Games 2014 will also feature a range of off-the-court activities such as the NBA Care programs and interactive fan events in each city. The games will also be supported by a variety of marketing and merchandising partners, and will be available to fans around the world via television, digital and social media.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said: “As the passion for the game continues to grow globally we are focused on finding unique and meaningful ways to connect with fans worldwide, and the NBA Global Games are part of those efforts. Basketball brings people together across cultural and geographic lines, and these games are a great opportunity for our fans to experience the excitement of the NBA first-hand.”