Aus­tralian clubs to play pre-sea­son games in USA

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NBA clubs will play pre-sea­son games in the United States against three Aus­tralian teams in Oc­to­ber, the NBA and Aus­tralia’s Na­tional Bas­ket­ball League an­nounced Mon­day. The Bris­bane Bul­lets, Mel­bourne United and Syd­ney Kings will mark the first NBL clubs to travel to North America to face NBA teams.

“This is an­other big leap forward for the NBL and Aus­tralian bas­ket­ball,” said Kings coach An­drew Gaze, a for­mer NBA player and five-time Olympian. “As some­body who played in the NBA I know how much this op­por­tu­nity means. The NBL has al­ways been very at­trac­tive for NBA play­ers and is a path­way to the NBA.”

The Syd­ney Kings will visit the Utah Jazz, whose ros­ter in­cludes Aussies Joe In­gles and Dante Exum, on Oc­to­ber 2. “This is mas­sive for Aus­tralian bas­ket­ball and an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity for NBA and NBL play­ers to com­pete to­gether on the same floor,” Jazz swing­man In­gles said.

“As an Aussie who be­gan my ca­reer in the NBL and now en­ter­ing my fourth sea­son with Utah, I am very proud of the growth of the game in my home coun­try.” Mel­bourne United will visit the Ok­la­homa City Thun­der on Oc­to­ber 8 and the Bris­bane Bul­lets will visit the Phoenix Suns on Oc­to­ber 13.

“We are proud to help con­tinue the ad­vance­ment of the game through these com­pe­ti­tions,” Thun­der general man­ager Sam Presti said. A record-match­ing eight Aus­tralian play­ers were on NBA open­ing­night ros­ters last sea­son, in­clud­ing for­mer NBL play­ers In­gles and Patty Mills, a guard for the San An­to­nio Spurs.

The NBL has eight teams, seven in Aus­tralia and one in New Zealand, and will cel­e­brate its’ 40th sea­son with the 2017-18 cam­paign that launches in Oc­to­ber. “This is a huge mo­ment for Aus­tralian bas­ket­ball,” said NBL ex­ec­u­tive chair­man Larry Kestel­man. “For the NBL to be able to play some of the big­gest teams in the world shows how far our league has come.” — AFP

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