Minneapolis/St. Paul – For the first time in franchise history, the Minnesota Timberwolves will play a regular-season game in Mexico City when they take on San Antonio as part of the expanded NBA Global Game schedule. The Wolves will play the Spurs on Dec. 4 at the Mexico City Arena, with the Wolves serving as the home team. The game is part of a comprehensive 2013-14 NBA Global Games schedule that now includes a total of 12 NBA teams playing 10 regular season and preseason games in eight cities in six countries and territories.
The trip to Mexico City will mark the Wolves’ third regular-season contest outside the United States. Minnesota traveled to Tokyo, Japan where it began the 1999-2000 season with two regular-season games versus the Sacramento Kings as part of the 1999 NBA Japan Games.
“With the huge international presence on our current roster and our increasing global popularity, this is a natural fit for us,’ said Timberwolves President Chris Wright. “The NBA has done a phenomenal job in growing our game globally and we’re excited to be a part of history as the NBA continues to expand its brand internationally.”
Minnesota is among the most international teams in the NBA, as the Wolves roster featured six international players from five different countries and territories at the end of the 2012-13 season. The Wolves’ six came in second only to San Antonio’s nine. As of April 2, 2012, 85 international players from 36 countries and territories filtered NBA rosters.
NBA Global Games Mexico City 2013 will mark the league’s 21st game in Mexico overall, the most NBA matchups held in any country outside the U.S. and Canada. While it will be the Wolves’ first game in Mexico, it will mark the fifth overall game in Mexico City for the Spurs, who previously played preseason games in 1994 (two games), 1995, and 2010.
In addition to oncourt action, the NBA Global Games will feature a variety of events off the court, including NBA Cares community outreach activities and interactive fan events in select cities. The games will also be supported by a variety of marketing and promotional partners, and will be available to fans on television and through digital media.
This October, the NBA Global Games – which will feature the Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Wizards – will include the first NBA preseason games to be held in Brazil and the Philippines, and in the cities of Bilbao and Manchester. It will also include games in Beijing, Istanbul, Shanghai, and Taipei.
Following the 2013-14 NBA Global Games, the NBA will have staged 148 games (regular season and preseason) in 20 countries and territories across Europe, the Americas and Asia since 1978. The league will also have played a total of 18 regular-season games in London, Mexico City, and Tokyo, Japan dating back to 1990.
The remainder of the Wolves 2013-14 regular season schedule will be announced at a later date.