NBA preseason schedule released
by USA TODAY Sports, USA TODAY
The NBA released its 116-game preseason schedule,beginning Saturday, Oct. 5 in Istanbul, Turkey when the Oklahoma City Thunder will play the Turkish basketball club Fenerbahce Ulker at Ulker Sports Arena.
The 2013-14 NBA Global Games preseason schedule includes eight NBA teams playing eight preseason games in eight cities. In addition to Oklahoma City’s game in Istanbul, there will be contests in Beijing and Shanghai, China; Bilbao, Spain; Manchester, England; Manila, Philippines; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Taipei. NBA TV will televise all eight international contests, and more than 25 games overall. The full NBA TV schedule for preseason coverage will be released at a later date.
The Thunder will travel from Turkey to England to play the Philadelphia 76ers at Phones 4u Arena in Manchester on Oct. 8. Philadelphia will open its overseas play on Oct. 6, in Spain against Bilbao Basket at Bizkaia Arena.
The Houston Rockets made the biggest offseason splash with the signing of Dwight Howard, will take on the Indiana Pacers in two games: Oct. 10, in Manila at Mall of Asia Arena and Oct. 13, in Taipei at Taipei Arena. The Chicago Bulls, who should have Derrick Rose back in the lineup, will face John Wall and the Washington Wizards at HSBC Arena in Brazil on Oct. 12.
The Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors will play two games in China, closing out the overseas preseason tour on Oct. 15, at MasterCard Center in Beijing and Oct. 18, at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai.
TNT and ESPN will each televise two games during October. TNT begins its NBA coverage on Thursday, Oct. 17, when LeBron James and the two-time defending champion Miami Heat visits Deron Williams and the new-look Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center at 8 p.m. ET. The network will also feature a contest between the defending Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs and the Rockets on Thursday Oct. 24, at 8 p.m. ET from AT&T Center.
ESPN will televise a doubleheader on Wednesday, Oct. 23, beginning with the Boston Celtics and new head coach Brad Stevens hosting the Nets … [For more on NBA preseason schedule released, click here.]