The Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets will go head to head at NBA London 2017, following a live broadcast by NBA UK.
Following years of sell-outs, the NBA is headed back to the O2 Arena in January. The Nuggets and Pacers haven’t hit the UK in previous seasons, but now will get their chance to head to the British capital to show their wares.
The NBA London 2017 live announcement was broadcast by NBA UK on Facebook, with Denver Nuggets guard, Gary Harris joining the show as a special guest.
The news is obviously good for UK and European basketball fans, with the Nuggets being a rare Western Conference team to head over the Atlantic.
The Nuggets are considered one of the younger teams in the league and finished 11th in the West with a 33-59 record last season. Kenneth Faried and Emanuel Mudiay headline the Colorado roster, with Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari also big parts of the roster.
“It will be a true honor and a great experience to represent both the Nuggets and the NBA in London as part of the NBA Global Games in 2017. Our entire team and organization are looking forward to this opportunity to showcase our league to fans overseas.” Said Gallinari.
Seven European players also feature on the Nuggets Roster, meaning a European contingent of fans is likely to be even more evident at the event.
Meanwhile Indiana are likely to be one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference next season after a solid 7th place finish last year. Paul George leads the team, and will be hoping to showcase his trademark two-way game on the O2 floor come January.
“I’m really excited and thankful the NBA is allowing us to reach out to our fans in London. This is great exposure for our team and our franchise. I think it will be a great experience for us and the fans in attendance.” George said regarding the game’s announcement.
Three players on the Pacers roster have featured in London before, with Jeff Teague, Thadeus Young and Al Jefferson all brought in during this off-season.
Following the announcement, NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver confirmed that having a larger foreign contingent of players is huge for games in the UK.
“We are thrilled to return for our seventh regular-season game in London. With almost 25 percent of players in the NBA born outside of the United States, we are seeing firsthand the global growth of our game, which has never been more popular in the U.K.”
NBA London 2017 will tip-off on January 12th, with the Nuggets hosting the Pacers in the regular season match-up. Tickets will go on sale at the beginning of the NBA season.
For those without a ticket, the game will be broadcast live on BT Sport, with more details about scheduling soon to be announced.
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