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| October 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Global Game

In January, the Phoenix Suns faced the San Antonio Spurs in Mexico City. The NBA will return with two more games in Mexico in December.

By Greg Echlin

During last year’s NBA off-season, the Kevin Durant free-agent sweepstakes and Team USA’s Olympic gold medal created plenty of buzz. But this year’s developments—with trades, signings and all the hype around Los Angeles Lakers draft pick Lonzo Ball—have raised the decibel level even higher.

The start of play should bring still more excitement. Several teams are preparing for games in new arenas or finalizing plans for new homes in the seasons to come. And the league continues its growth overseas, with international games planned in China, Mexico and London during the preseason and regular season ahead. Meanwhile, the 2016–2017 season will see a scheduling shift aimed at limiting the number of back-to-back games that players have to endure—a change that required moving up the start of the season by a full week.

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