Orlando Magic, New Orleans Hornets to play preseason game in Mexico City

Thursday July 19th, 2012

Magic forward and Mexico-native Gustavo Ayon will play against his former Hornets team in a preseason game in Mexico City. (Rocky Widney/Getty Images)

The NBA announced on Thursday that the Orlando Magic and New Orleans Hornets will play a preseason game in Mexico City on Oct. 7, according to Philippe Moggio, NBA vice president, Latin America, in a report from NBA.com:

"As the most frequent international host for NBA games, Mexico will again provide a great showcase for the game of basketball as the New Orleans Hornets and Orlando Magic put on an exciting show for our passionate fans at the new Mexico City Arena."

Mexico-native Gustavo Ayon, who averaged 5.9 points in 54 games for the Hornets last season, now plays for the Magic and will compete in the game for Orlando against his former team.

The league's first game in Mexico City took place in 1992, when the Dallas Mavericks played the San Antonio Spurs. The city hosted a regular season game in 1997 when the Houston Rockets played the Dallas Mavericks.

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