For all you basketball fans out there, mark your calendar as there’s going to be a NBA game in London! For the eighth time, the NBA is returning to the O2 Arena on Thursday 11 January 2018! This year will feature the Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics playing a regular-season game!
This game marks The Celtics second game in London having previously competed against the Minnesota Timberwolves back in 2007. The 76ers will also be playing their second game in the UK, however being the first in London as they previously played a preseason game against Oklahoma City Thunder in Manchester back in 2013.
Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons are set to showcase their talents at the O2 in east London.
Both the Celtics and the 76ers have come far in the previous seasons. The Celtics finishing last year as the number 1 seed in the Eastern conference as well as the 76ers hoping to break into the playoffs campaign for the first time since 2012. NBA sperstar Garry Payton stated “It’s going to be an exciting game. I think more young kids and UK people are wondering about basketball. This is a good way to go there and experience the feeling of basketball,“Bring the same as you’ve got football over here, do the same as in basketball because you can get excitement. Excitement with the dunks, the threes. You’re going to have great players coming over here.”
Besides the game, the NBA London Game 2018 will also feature a number of interactive fan activities, NBA Cares community outreach initiatives and Jr. NBA basketball programming that will bring the NBA experience to all London fans.
Tickets are fast selling out, so if interested, don’t wait too long to purchase them!
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