Brooklyn Nets to play regular season game in London in 2014

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA announced today that they are expanding their 2013-14 NBA Global Games to include eight pre-season games and two regular season games to be played internationally.

Among the regular season games will be a January 16, 2014, meeting between the Brooklyn Nets and the Atlanta Hawks in London. The game is said to be a home game for the Hawks.

The complete schedule is as follows:

2013-14 NBA Global Games Schedule:

GAMES

DATE

LOCATION

ARENA

Regular- Season Games

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. San Antonio Spurs

Dec. 4

Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City Arena

Atlanta Hawks vs. Brooklyn Nets

Jan. 16

London, UK

The O2

Preseason Games

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul

Oct. 5

Istanbul, Turkey

Ulker Sports Arena

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Bilbao Basket

Oct. 6

Bilbao, Spain

Bizkaia Arena at the BEC

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Oct. 8

Manchester, UK

Manchester Arena

Houston Rockets vs. Indiana Pacers

Oct. 10

Manila, Philippines

Mall of Asia Arena

Houston Rockets vs. Indiana Pacers

Oct. 13

Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei Arena

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards

Oct. 12

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

HSBC Arena

Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Oct. 15

Beijing, China

MasterCard Center

Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Oct. 18

Shanghai, China

Mercedes-Benz Arena

The Global Games are a continued development by NBA commissioner David Stern to expand the game globally, as this will be the most teams to play internationally in a single season in the history of the NBA.

NBA Global Games London 2014 will be the 12th NBA game in the city dating back to 1993. The Hawks took part in the NBA’s first preseason games in London playing two games against the Orlando Magic. This will be the Nets third trip to London, following the then-New Jersey Nets preseason game in 2008 and the league’s first regular-season games in the UK, a pair of contests against the Toronto Raptors in 2011. The game will be the eighth NBA game played at The O2since 2007.

Deron Williams said of the opportunity, "It is always an honor to represent the league overseas. Playing in London has a playoff-like intensity, and the energy in the building is great for the players on both teams. It should be very exciting."

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