NBA London 2017: Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets arrive in UK

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 9: Emmanual Mudiay #0 and Gary Harris #14 of the Denver Nuggets sit on the team plane as part of 2017 NBA London Global Games at the Landmark Hotel on January 9, 2017 in London, England. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers have arrived in the UK ahead of their NBA London 2017 clash at the O2 Arena.

Both teams had practices scheduled for today, but both were cancelled – presumably due to a mix of jet-lag and the ongoing tube strikes in the English capital. Offering further reason why a UK based NBA franchise may be a tough challenge.

Upon arriving in the country both teams offered their thoughts on the match-up and bringing the NBA to British shores.

One man who was particularly excited was Will Barton, who spoke out about his first trip to London.

“I’m excited. I’ve never been to London. Anytime you get a chance to get out of the country, do what you love, it’s a blessing. I’m very happy to be a part of the trip. I can’t wait to see what London has to offer. See a couple of different sites, try different foods and things of that nature. Just kind of be a tourist.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 9: Will Barton #5 of the Denver Nuggets boards the team plane as part of 2017 NBA London Global Games at the Landmark Hotel on January 9, 2017 in London, England. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Will Barton of the Denver Nuggets (NBAE/Getty Images)

 “It is a good thing [bringing the NBA to the UK]. The game is becoming so global. I think we owe it to different countries to let them see us play. We are getting more and more worldwide every year. So why not bring the game to a global level.”

Denver Nuggets coach, Mike Malone was equally excited about the clash at the O2 Arena for NBA London 2017.

“We’re honoured to be a part of the NBA Global Games. Spending some time away it’s an opportunity to bond, build team chemistry and we hope that’ll translate onto the court.

“We’ve had an up and down season so far but we’re a young team and I hope this trip will help us come together more as a team which will be great for all of us.”

The Denver Nuggets host the Indiana Pacers at The O2 in London on Jan. 12 as part of NBA Global Games London 2017. The game is live on BT Sport or via NBA LEAGUE PASS (www.nba.tv).

Luke Hatfield is the creator and editor of BouncyOrangeBall, with an extensive knowledge of the NBA and basketball in general.

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