The Nets, who’ve been to China twice as well as Mexico and England during the Mikhail Prokhorov era, will go international once again this preseason, traveling to Montreal, Canada for a game with the Raptors.
The teams will play at Montreal’s Bell Centre on October 10. The NBA announced on Thursday that the sixth NBA Canada Series will feature the Raptors against the Trail Blazers at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Saturday, September 29 and then a Toronto-Brooklyn game at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Wednesday, October. 10.
This is the first time either the Blazers or Nets have been involved in the NBA Canada series. Toronto will play its ninth and 10th games. Tickets will go on sale on July 14, with pre-sale ticket access at NBA.com/CanadaSeries.
“We’re excited for our preseason game in Montreal as part of the NBA Canada Series,” Nets general manager Sean Marks said in a statement. “This will be a good opportunity for our players and staff to experience the rich culture of the city and the exciting atmosphere created by the fans.”
Nets executives, in the words of CEO Brett Yormark, are always the first to raise their hands when the NBA is looking for teams to travel overseas.
The Nets traveled to Beijing and Shanghai (after a practice in Moscow) for preseason games not long after Prokhorov took over in 2010. They returned to the Chinese cities again in 2014 for two more preseason games. They also played the first regular season games ever in England in 2011, then visited Mexico City last season for two regular season games.
The October 10 is the first preseason game the Nets have announced.