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NBA returns to England in October

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THE NBA has announced that they will be returning to England as Oklahoma City Thunder take on Philadelphia 76ers in a friendly at the Manchester Arena on October 8.

It will be the first time ever that Manchester will host an NBA pre-season fixture.

The last NBA sides to play in England were Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks at the 02 Arena in London in January, with the latter winning 102-87.

Seven other pre-season games will also take place outside of America in the month of October.

“Providing fans with an authentic NBA experience is an important part of our efforts to grow the game globally,” said NBA Commissioner David Stern.

“This fall, nearly a third of our teams will embark on a global tour that will celebrate the game of basketball, give our international fans a chance to connect with NBA teams and players, and leave a lasting impact in each of the communities we visit.”

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