NEW YORK -- The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced Thursday the Sacramento Kings will one of the five NBA teams to play preseason games in four countries this October as part of NBA Global Games 2014.
The Kings are scheduled for a two-game series against the Brooklyn Nets in China:
This will be the Sacramento Kings third time participating in the NBA Global Games and second series competing in China. The first NBA Global Games series for Sacramento dates back to November 1999 where the Kings split the two-game series with the Minnesota Timberwolves in Tokyo, Japan. The second Global Games series for the Kings was in 2004 when Sacramento split the two-game series with the Houston Rockets in Shanghai and Beijing.
NBA Global Games will also include regular-season games to be announced at a later date.
“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,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “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.”
As part of the schedule, five teams - the Brooklyn Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Sacramento Kings, and San Antonio Spurs - will play a series of games in five cities in Brazil, China, Germany, and Turkey.
NBA Global Games 2014 will tip off when the San Antonio Spurs travel to Europe for two games against teams from longtime partner Euroleague Basketball. The Spurs will open the international schedule in Berlin, Germany on Oct. 8 with a game against eight-time German champions Alba Berlin at O2 World Berlin. San Antonio will then travel to Istanbul, Turkey to take on five-time Turkish champions Fenerbahçe Ülker Istanbul at the Ülker Sports Arena.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat will play the NBA’s second game ever in South America when the teams meet on Oct. 11, at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As part of the game, Cavaliers center Anderson Varejão will play an NBA game in front of his countrymen for the first time.
The NBA Global Games preseason schedule will conclude with two games in China between the Brooklyn Nets and Sacramento Kings. The teams will play on Oct. 12 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, then travel to Beijing for a game on Oct. 15 at the MasterCard Center.
NBA media services contributed to this report.