International teams to play in record nine NBA preseason games
The NBA preseason will feature nine games involving international teams, the league announced Tuesday.
The nine games with international teams are a record for most ever played on North American soil in one preseason.
Three international teams will participate: Maccabi Tel Aviv, Maccabi Haifa, both from Israel, and Brazil's Flamengo.
Maccabi Tel Aviv will play the Cleveland Cavaliers on Oct. 5 and the Brooklyn Nets on Oct. 7. Flamengo will play the Phoenix Suns on Oct. 8, the Orlando Magic on Oct. 15 and the Memphis Grizzlies on Oct. 17.
The Cavaliers' David Blatt was head coach at Maccabi Tel Aviv before he was hired by Cleveland for the same position this summer.
On Monday's SI Now, Sports Illustrated senior writer Lee Jenkins and NBA writer Ben Golliver talk about how the expectations in Cleveland have changed since LeBron decided to return to Cleveland and Kevin Love joined the team via trade.
- Ben Estes