United Arab Emirates Rumors
The Milwaukee Bucks are jet-setting again. The Bucks and the Atlanta Hawks will play two exhibition games in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, on Oct. 6 and Oct. 8 at Etihad Arena on Yas Island, the NBA announced early Tuesday morning. The league announced its partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism-Abu Dhabi in November to bring the NBA to the Arabian Gulf for the first time. Tickets have not gone on sale, but fans can register at www.nba.com/abudhabi for information as it is released, including pre-sale access. Other NBA-related events will take place around the games, such as junior leagues, an NBA 2K video game exhibition and fitness clinics.
In a statement Bucks president Peter Feigin said, “We are honored to have been selected to participate in the NBA’s first games in the United Arab Emirates. As the NBA continues to expand globally, we look forward to visiting Abu Dhabi and furthering the league’s goals of inspiring people through basketball. We will be proud to represent our city, our state and Bucks fans worldwide this October.”
Emanuel’s most often connected to UFC, the NFL, and Hollywood, but he’s deeply connected in NBA circles: – LeBron’s televised “Decision” was reportedly his idea. – It’s a cinch to find photos of Emanuel sitting courtside at Clippers games with Rihanna, Steve Ballmer, or Patriots owner and longtime Apollo board member Robert Kraft.
Bruck writes that the rulers of the UAE have NBA dreams: “Al Mubarak and M.B.Z., hoping to raise Abu Dhabi’s profile, had long wanted to attract the N.B.A. and other sports leagues.” It might be because they love sports. But it might also be because sports are a great way to influence how global audiences think about the UAE.
We cannot say Sam Young had a relaxing season, because the NBAer is going to play for the fourth team this year. He started in Italy with Pasta Reggia Caserta, then went to Halcones Xalapa in Mexico, then to Turkey with Usak and finally in United Arab Emirates, where he’s signing with Al Ahli Dubai. In Turkey Young averaged 14.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game.