AUSTRALIA'S NBL PULLS OFF MAJOR DEAL WITH NORTH AMERICA'S NBA TO PLAY IN THE US
1 August 2017, Written by Ben Hall
The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball League (NBL) today announced that the Brisbane Bullets, Sydney Kings and Melbourne United will take part in the 2017 NBA preseason in October, marking the first time that NBL teams will travel to the US to play against NBA teams.
The NBA is the world's premier basketball league based in North America and the NBL is Australasia's league which was formed in 1978 and now has eight teams, including the New Zealand Breakers, and the deal is a major coup for the sport in Australia.
The Sydney Kings will visit the Utah Jazz, featuring Australians Joe Ingles (pictured) and Dante Exum, on 2 October at Vivint Smart Home Arena, followed by Melbourne United meeting the Oklahoma City Thunder on 8 October at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Brisbane Bullets will visit the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on 13 October.
There were a record-tying eight Australian players on 2016-17 opening night NBA rosters, including Ingles and Patty Mills (San Antonio Spurs), both of whom previously played in the NBL.
Author: Ben Hall