MADRID— Luka Doncic goes again to the place he obtained his begin — for one recreation.
The NBA introduced Wednesday that Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks will play a preseason recreation in October in opposition to reigning EuroLeague champion Actual Madrid in Spain. The sport would be the NBA’s eighth within the Spanish capital and twentieth in Spain, and comes 35 years after an NBA staff first performed within the nation in 1988.
Doncic, a four-time NBA All-Star and All-NBA First Crew member, was simply 13 when he joined Actual Madrid and went on to develop into the youngest EuroLeague and EuroLeague Remaining 4 MVP when he led Actual Madrid to the 2018 title at age 19.
Actual Madrid options Spanish legend and former NBA draftee Sergio Llull in addition to former NBA gamers Rudy Fernández, Mario Hezonja, Džanan Musa, and Sergio Rodríguez. The staff is the winningest in EuroLeague historical past with 11 titles.
The matchup marks the primary preseason NBA recreation in Madrid since 2016, when Doncic and Actual Madrid hosted the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder. Previous to the sport in Spain, the Mavericks will play two preseason video games in opposition to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Oct. 5 and seven as a part of The NBA Abu Dhabi Video games 2023.
“Bringing the dwell NBA expertise on to our passionate worldwide followers is a crucial a part of our year-round efforts to develop basketball and the NBA world wide,” NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Working Officer Mark Tatum stated in a launch. “We’re excited for the Mavericks to play Actual Madrid and stay up for partaking with followers from Spain and throughout Europe round this historic matchup.”
Actual Madrid Ambassador Felipe Reyes stated going through an NBA staff “is at all times particular,” however that’s much more so with the “Actual Madrid legend” Doncic coming to city.
The Boston Celtics had been the primary NBA staff to play in Spain, going through the then Yugoslavian Males’s Nationwide Crew and Actual Madrid in 1988.
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