Mexico City to host two National Basketball Association regular-season games

Jeremy Lin and the Brooklyn Nets will be “Los Nets” on Dec. 7 when they kick off a two-game “homestand” in Mexico City against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat respectively. AP

Jeremy Lin and the Brooklyn Nets will be “Los Nets” on Dec. 7 when they kick off a two-game “homestand” in Mexico City against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat respectively. AP

The NBA Mexico City games feature the Nets playing a regular-season contest against Westbrook, four-time All-Star Paul George and the Thunder on December 7. Besides Canada, however, this will be the Thunder's first tilt in a foreign country that will be dripping with playoff implications, as all 82 regular season games do.

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 Heat have played several worldwide exhibitions over their previous 29 seasons, with this their first global regular-season game. "We are playing against two really good teams". Fans also can watch the games via the National Basketball Association app. If you haven't been there it's an incredible city and attractive city. "We are thrilled that we have a chance to be a part of us".

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

Brooklyn is also reportedly scheduled to play Miami two days later, December 9 at Mexico City Arena.

"They will also mark the 25th anniversary of our first game in Mexico City, a milestone in our relationship with our Mexican fans and a further indication of our desire to strengthen our ties to Mexico and Latin America", NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.

The NBA regular season has been moved up this season to better space the games, with the season opener to be on October 17. "And, as I said, there is no market more important to us than Mexico".

A Thunder game in Mexico poses a potential issue for Enes Kanter.

Year after year we have heard teams complaining of how rough the schedule has been in the National Basketball Association regular season, it not only hurts players but it also hurts the fans as teams have no choice to rest star players to avoid fatigue and injuries.

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