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Nets preseason getting even more global

David Ramos

Sport5, an Israeli sports site, is reporting that Maccabi Tel Aviv, one of Europe's perennial basketball powers, will play a preseason game vs. the Nets on October 7, one of two games Maccabi will play in the U.S. The other is in Cleveland two days earlier.

NetsDaily can confirm the Nets will host Maccabi. Earlier this year, league sources told NetsDaily that the team will fly to China in preseason to play the Sacramento Kings as part of the NBA's Global Games next October.

Neither set of games has officially been announced by the NBA.

Back in October 2010, shortly after Mikhail Prokhorov bought the team, the Nets also played an Israeli team --Maccabi Haifa-- and traveled to China. They played the Rockets in Beijing and Shanghai after stopping over in Moscow for practice. The Nets have twice traveled to London for regular season games since Prokhorov acquired the team, once last season vs. the Hawks and in a pair contests vs. the Raptors in 2011.

Brett Yormark has said the Nets' policy is to "raise our hands" when the league is looking for volunteers to go overseas.