Dozens of media members hovered around players in the lead up to Thursday’s game in Mexico City. Professional wrestlers exchanged their masks for NBA jerseys with Kings players. Kings center DeMarcus Cousins even showed off his possible in-ring skills by scooping up a wrestler. Mexican wrestler El Hijo del Fantasma sends message to Boston Celtics. Hector Amezcua The Sacramento Bee
It’s the kind of international exposure the NBA lacked when Divac was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1989 from the country then called Yugoslavia. “It was the 80s, and there were very few games you could watch live,” Divac said. “When (international players) started coming to the NBA, all the TV rights became exposed to the world and now the NBA is definitely a global game. And it’s great to have an opportunity to come here.”
Nobody is throwing around the E word yet. “We don’t have specific plans to expand to Mexico City in the near future,” says NBA commissioner Adam Silver. Security is a concern. In 1997, the Houston Rockets traveled to Mexico City for a regular season game. When they arrived, they were warned: Be wary of traveling to certain areas because kidnappings were rampant. In a briefing, Rockets players were told that the U.S. had recently set up an office in Mexico to deal with the kidnapping of U.S. citizens. That day the top official from that office was kidnapped. Things haven’t improved much. There were more than 100,000 kidnappings in 2012, according to the U.S. State Department, and a recent survey found that total crimes in 2014 (33.1) were up nearly 50% from 2011.
Hi, Nuggets Nation! Kelsey C. here with an update from beautiful Monterrey Mexico! Today we had a full day of media interviews with both television and radio stations. Our first stop was at TV AZTECA NOROESTE – Program “Con ganas”. They are a very fun group of people to work with! We performed two routines: “Drop” (my personal favorite) and “Uptown Funk”. We also answered interview questions regarding the upcoming NBA Global Game Mexico City coming up on December 3, as well as our experience working with the NBA Mexico beer partner Coors Light. The cast of the show is very light-hearted and fun!
Today, the Sacramento Kings announced the team will travel to Mexico as part of NBA Global Games 2015. The Kings will play versus the Boston Celtics at Mexico City Arena on December 3. The contest marks Sacramento’s first visit to Mexico and the NBA’s 22nd game in Mexico overall, the most NBA matchups held in any country outside the U.S. and Canada.
The Minnesota Timberwolves will make their second attempt to play a regular-season game in Mexico City, after last year’s game with the San Antonio Spurs was canceled because of smoke inside Mexico City Arena. The Timberwolves will face the Houston Rockets on Wednesday in the same venue where a short circuit in a generator room sent fumes inside the building during warmups. NBA Mexico director Raul Zarraga says “stricter measures” have been taken to “prevent this from happening again.”