U.S. captain Clint Dempsey might hail from Texas, but he took in a Brooklyn Nets-Atlanta Hawks game in London Thursday. (Press Association/AP)
What's the English Premier League equivalent of a Brooklyn Nets-Atlanta Hawks game? Newcastle-Southampton? Stoke-West Brom? Either way, EPL stars turned out en masse to get a glimpse of the NBA in London Thursday, even if it wasn't a game featuring two of the league's finest teams.
On-loan Seattle Sounders and U.S. star Clint Dempsey -- San Antonio Spurs hat and all -- turned out at the O2 Arena, as did new Toronto FC signing Jermain Defoe (who will remain with Tottenham until the end of February).
Dempsey's Fulham teammates Darren Bent and Steve Sidwell; Manchester United's Nani, Manchester City's Edin Dzeko; Chelsea's Eden Hazard, David Luiz, Marco van Ginkel, Demba Ba and Andre Schurrle; Arsenal's Jack Wilshere, Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski, Per Mertesacker, Serge Gnabry and Lukasz Fabianski; Crystal Palace's Marouane Chamakh; Aston Villa's Christian Benteke; and Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic were also reportedly among the crowd.
A star-gazing photo gallery is below:
Arsenal's Lukasz Fabianski, Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and Serge Gnabry split their loyalties. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Chelsea's Demba Ba and David Luiz. (Press Association/AP)
Arsenal star Jack Wilshere. (Press Association/AP)
Clint Dempsey's Fulham teammate Darren Bent shows his support for the Nets. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Chelsea's Eden Hazard. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)