NEW YORK: The NBA will bring a seventh regular-season game to London next January when the Denver Nuggets meet the Indiana Pacers at the O2 Arena, league officials announced Thursday (Friday in Manila).
US Olympian Paul George is set to lead the Pacers against Italy’s Danilo Gallinari and the Nuggets on January 12. It will be the first time either team has played in Britain.
“We are thrilled to return for our seventh regular-season game in London,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said. “With almost 25 percent of players in the NBA born outside of the United States, we are seeing firsthand the global growth of our game.”
George, a three-time NBA All-Star, is back from a severe leg injury that kept him off the 2014 US Basketball World Cup championship squad.
“I’m really excited and thankful the NBA is allowing us to reach out to our fans in London,” George said. “It will be a great experience for us and the fans.”
Gallinari led the Nuggets with a career-high 19.5 points a game last season.
“It will be a true honor and a great experience to represent both the Nuggets and the NBA in London,” Gallinari said.
The Pacers went 45-37 to reach the playoffs last season while the Nuggets were 33-49, missing the postseason.