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NBA playing Nets/Hawks in London, Spurs/Timberwolves in Mexico City next regular season


Don’t think for a second that because David Stern is stepping down that the NBA’s quest for global dominance is ending — they will continue to spread the gospel of NBA hoops around the globe. Stern will still play a large part in that.

Next season the NBA is heading out of the country for two regular season games again, the league announced Tuesday.

First, the Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs will play at the Mexico City Arena on Dec. 4.

Six weeks later, the Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets will tip it off in London for a game at The O2 on Jan. 16.

Neither of these are new venues for the NBA for games.

In the preseason the NBA is sending teams all over the globe — the Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Wizards will be involved in games from Brazil to the Philippines, as well as there being games in Bilbao, Spain, and Manchester, England. Kobe Bryant and the Lakers will be in the Philippines but the popular star isn’t expected to play as he still will be recovering from his Achilles injury.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.