The National Basketball Association and Euroleague Basketball have announced that the Oklahoma City Thunder will play two preseason games in October against Real Madrid and FC Barcelona Lassa, as part of NBA Global Games Europe 2016, presented by BBVA.
The Thunder will tip off against nine-time Euroleague Champion and 33-time Spanish League Champion Real Madrid on October 3 at the Barclaycard Center, Madrid, before travelling to Barcelona to face 18-time Spanish League Champion and two-time Euroleague Champion FC Barcelona Lassa on October 5 at the Palau Sant Jordi.
Tickets for both games go on sale July 4 at www.ticketmaster.es with the games to be aired live in Spain on Movistar+.
The Thunder, who in 2016 made their fourth Western Conference Finals appearance in the last six years, previously played a pair of European preseason games in 2013 against the Philadelphia 76ers in Manchester, England and against Fenerbahçe Ulker in Istanbul, Turkey.
Real Madrid, led by Rudy Fernandez, Sergio Llull and Felipe Reyes, most recently hosted the Boston Celtics in 2015. FC Barcelona Lassa, who currently features Alex Abrines, Juan Carlos Navarro and Ante Tomic, last played against an NBA team in 2012 when they faced the Dallas Mavericks in Barcelona.
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NBA commissioner Adam Silver said: “Coming off one of the most exciting Western Conference Finals in recent memory, the Oklahoma City Thunder is an ideal team to bring the excitement and passion of the NBA directly to our European fans.
"The Thunder’s matchups against two heavyweights of European basketball will show off the best of our game while also providing a focal point for a wide range of grassroots basketball activities in Madrid and Barcelona.”
Euroleague Basketball President and CEO Jordi Bertomeu added: “It is a great pleasure to welcome an NBA team to Europe again. Real Madrid and FC Barcelona Lassa, two of our most important franchises, and the Oklahoma City Thunder will certainly offer a great show, bringing the best basketball possible from both continents closer to fans.”
NBA Global Games Europe 2016 will feature a variety of interactive fan activities and NBA Cares community events that will bring the NBA experience to fans across both cities.
In March, the NBA announced that the Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans will play preseason games in Shanghai and Beijing on Oct. 9 and Oct. 12, respectively, as part of NBA Global Games 2016.
More NBA information can be found at www.NBA.es, the league’s official online destination in Spain, and on Facebook (NBA Espana) and Twitter (@NBA_Spain). Fans can also purchase all the latest Oklahoma City Thunder merchandise at www.NBAStore.eu.