NBA: Bucks' guard labels trip to EPL's Chelsea a special experience

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Milwaukee Bucks are in London for the UK leg of the NBA Global Games and the middle of the road basketball team have been taking in the sights of the capital in preparation for Thursday night's tip-off.

The Bucks will face New York Knicks at 3pm (ET), 8pm (GMT) at the O2 Arena, London, in what should be an entertaining and closely fought match-up.

But with any international series game, the experience of being in another country is as important as the game itself. The NBA is expanding globally more and more as every year passes and so is the English Premier League in the US.

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After practicing in London - which can be seen in the exclusive GMS video above - the Bucks made their way to Chelsea's Stamford Bridge. Many of Milwaukee's stars watch the EPL back home, and guard Brandon Knight explained that visiting Chelsea's home ground was a special experience for him personally.

"We went to Chelsea yesterday and got to see the field and all that stuff," Bucks guard Brandon Knight told the Daily Express. “I liked it. It’s kind of different when you see something that is so popular here but it’s not that popular in the States and you see why people kind of cling to it. I thought it was pretty special to just be there and go through the tour.”

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American football has seen a huge upsurge in popularity in the UK in recent years with several NFL games being played at Wembley Stadium in 2014.

That popularity in the UK is something that the NBA could only dream of. However, the Bucks' Knight hopes that one day the NBA can emulate the NFL and increase its interest significantly in the UK, with a London-based NBA franchise the ultimate goal.

“We’d have to see how it works and if we can get backing I think it could be something successful but I certainly wouldn’t object to it," Knight added.

“I just don’t know how the travelling would work for that team or teams travelling to London to play. I’m pretty sure if it was something beneficial to the NBA they would find a way to work it out.”


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