NBA returns to Mexico City… with a lot of security

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NBA teams just toured major cities in Europe — London, Barcelona, Milan — while the terror threat was raised. The NBA threw in some extra security.

But that was nothing compared to what the Clippers and Spurs are being told while in Mexico City for a preseason game Tuesday night, according to the San Antonio Express-News. Due to drug-related violence that has hit sections of the country hard, players are being instructed not to even leave their hotels.

“I’m going to try to experience as much of the culture as I can without leaving the hotel room,” [Matt] Bonner said, “because we’re not allowed to.”

Two odd things here. There is violence and danger in our southern neighbor, but mostly in areas near the U.S./Mexico border, not deeper into the country. The violence is about money (isn’t it always?) and control of drug trafficking to feed our national drug appetite. As the Express-News points out, you are about four times more likely to be the victim of a violent crime in Washington D.C. than Mexico City.

Secondly, if the NBA has these kinds of concerns, why schedule the game in the first place? Granted the league is trying to grow its Hispanic fan base, but if you go to play a game there then tell your players not to leave the hotel what is the message really being sent?

Bradley Beal drives around, dunks over Kristaps Porzingis (VIDEO)

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If you’re a Knicks fan, the positive is that at least Kristaps Porzingis tried to make a play.

But he was not going to stop the athletic Bradley Beal with a full head of steam, and the result was a Beal dunking over Porzingis as he tries to block the attempt.

Beal wasn’t sharp, scoring 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting. The Knicks has an efficient Carmelo Anthony and that got them the win.

Carmelo Anthony drops 21 on Wizards in preseason Friday

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We had an efficient Carmelo Anthony sighting in the preseason.

Anthony and the Knicks went up against the Wizards and ‘Melo hit 10-of-15 shots to score 21 points. He also had four rebounds and four assists.

Derrick Williams had 23 points on 11 shots to lead the Knicks in scoring, and New York won 115-104.