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.”
The retired Chicago Bulls center Bill Cartwright was named the coach of Mexico’s national basketball team. Cartwright, 57, played 16 seasons in the N.B.A. and was part of the Bulls squad that won three straight titles between 1991-1993. After retiring, he joined Phil Jackson’s coaching staff as an assistant, helping to guide the Bulls to 1997 and 1998 titles.
Mexico named Bill Cartwright head coach of the National Team. Cartwright has experiences in the NBA as assistant coach and in Japan. Cartwright replaces Sergio Valdeolmillos.
Marc Stein: Looks like Real Madrid has indeed sealed its deal with @AyonGustavo to make it two big-name No. 14s from Mexico – pic.twitter.com/LVobeQM4On
Gustavo Ayon has drawn interest from some NBA teams after playing the World Cup with the Mexican national team.
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Make it an even 60 wins in a row and counting for Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski. That includes 42 consecutive victories in Olympic and FIBA tournaments and another 18 wins in exhibition games. The Americans last tasted defeat in the semifinals of the 2006 FIBA World Championship against Greece in Japan and launched this streak on Sept. 2, 2006, with a 96-81 triumph over Argentina in the bronze-medal game.
Stephen Curry made six 3-pointers and scored 20 points, leading the U.S. national team into the quarterfinals of the Basketball World Cup with an 86-63 victory over Mexico on Saturday. The Golden State Warriors All-Star was 7 of 10 from the field and 6 of 9 behind the arc, continuing to move a dismal start to the tournament for one of the game’s best shooters.
The round of 16 will start on Saturday. Barcelona Side: USA-Mexico / Slovenia-Dominican Republic / Lithuania-New Zealand / Turkey-Australia
After the end of the group stages, eight teams will go home and 16 (Spain, Brazil, France, Serbia, Greece, Argentina, Croatia, Senegal, USA, Turkey, Dominican R., New Zealand, Slovenia, Australia, Lithuania, Mexico) will continue to fight for the World Cup title! The half of the teams that qualified to the round of “16” are from Europe! Saturday 6th September Madrid Spain-Senegal Α3-B2 Barcelona C3-D2 USA-Mexico
Hawks restricted free agent center Gustavo Ayon said his surgically-repaired shoulder is not 100 percent and he may not be able to play for Mexico in the upcoming World Cup. Ayon is currently at a training camp in Mexico City with the national team. “If I’m not recovered, I’m not going to the World Cup,” Ayon said in a translated statement. “I will only hurt the team. I’m still working and if the shoulder lets me play, I will surely, but if I have questions, I will not. “I’m fine physically, but the shoulder is not a hundred percent, so even though I can feel good while the injury is not healed completely, I will not be able to play.”
Hawks restricted free agent center Gustavo Ayon said his surgically-repaired shoulder is not 100 percent and he may not be able to play for Mexico in the upcoming World Cup. Ayon is currently at a training camp in Mexico City with the national team. “If I’m not recovered, I’m not going to the World Cup,” Ayon said in a translated statement. “I will only hurt the team. I’m still working and if the shoulder lets me play, I will surely, but if I have questions, I will not.
The NBA will play regular-season games in Mexico City and London as part of its extended global schedule for next season. The Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves will play at the Mexico City Arena on Nov. 12. The Milwaukee Bucks will face the Knicks at The O2 on Jan. 15. The Knicks beat the Pistons two years ago in London in their first regular season game there.
The cancellation of the Spurs-Timberwolves game Wednesday in Mexico City because of smoke in the arena caused by a generator malfunction was a small blow to commissioner David Stern’s quest to play additional games in other countries. While games in London have gone off without a glitch, an NBA regular-season game in Mexico City was risky from the start and the Spurs and Timberwolves must now reschedule the game for Minneapolis, much to the chagrin of San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich. Both teams wasted valuable travel time to get to Mexico City, so the league is obviously going to think twice about returning there. Deputy commissioner Adam Silver, who will assume Stern’s duties in February, told the Globe last month the league plans to play more games in other countries but a potential expansion team in Europe may be years away.
But the opponents that the “shoeless” Triqui boys (also dubbed the “barefoot mice” because of their short stature) faced on Tuesday night were an upgrade over the teams they bested in the six games of the 2013 Champions of the International Festival of Mini-Basketball. The pint-sized cagers from Oaxaca’s Academy of Indigenous Basketball took on the San Antonio Spurs, who had come to Mexico City as part of the NBA Global Games. The game was played barefoot, which evidently gave the barefoot mice an advantage. They defeated the mighty Spurs 10-4. Let’s go to the videotape:
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An NBA official told AFP that the teams could not wait long because they had planned to return to the United States late on Wednesday after the game. “What happened today is a real shame. I’m really sorry for all the fans,” Spurs centre Tiago Splitter of Brazil wrote on Twitter. “We were excited to play this game. Big hugs.”
“I thought they were practicing fireworks,” Spurs TV analyst Sean Elliot said. “A lot of teams do that before introductions. But then the smoke just kept creeping and it wasn’t white smoke. It was like a brown dark smoke and it started taking over the whole court. It was surprising.”
Journalists from San Antonio apparently found out that the game was postponed via Twitter. There was allegedly no announcement from any NBA spokesman or arena announcers that the game was off. Jeff McDonald from the San Antonio Evening News reported that the smoke could have contained traces of cynide and arsenic. He was unable to get confirmation on that though. The players were just as baffled as to what was going on with Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio among others, completely clueless. “They just told us to leave,” said the Spanish international in his native language.
Both the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves have left for home after their scheduled game was called off as smoke filled the Mexico City Arena when both sides were warming up. The incident was caused by a generator malfunction outside the arena that sent thick smoke travelling through the building and 45 minutes before tip-off was due, the arena had to be evacuated.
Jerry Zgoda: Wolves CEO chris wright says earliest arena could be readied is 1015 pm. Other option tomorrow nite, neither seems likely
Jeff McDonald: Spurs locker room also filled with smoke, players say. Team is retreating to the bus, ostensibly to breathe.
The game between the Timberwolves and Spurs on Wednesday was on fire before it even started. Because literally, it was actually on fire. Being played in Mexico City, because of a reported electrical fire in an elevator, the arena was forced to be evacuated as smoke filled the lower bowl. The video above, via Wolves announcer Dave Benz, shows the arena clouded with smoke.
The San Antonio Spurs lost badly Tuesday in Mexico City to a team of 4-feet-tall opponents. It wasn’t even close: 10-4. To be fair, the Spurs had to play barefoot. And they weren’t playing against any ordinary team. The kids who ran circles around the likes of shoeless NBA stars Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili are Triqui boys from Rio Venado, a remote mountain village in one of southern Mexico’s poorest regions.