Mexico Rumors

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!
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.”
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:
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.
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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.