Pacers, Rockets in Philippines for NBA-A A +A
Monday, October 7, 2013
MANILA -- The Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers flew early Monday to the Philippines for the National Basketball Association's (NBAs) Preseason Global Games on Thursday.
A total of 16,000 tickets went on sale for Thursday's game at the seaside Mall of Asia Arena, with premium seats available at P32,300 and the cheapest at P550.
"We're just excited to come over to play the game and give Filipinos a great show," Houston Rockets guard James Harden said.
Organizers said the game is part of the NBA's comprehensive global schedule that will have eight teams play in eight cities in six countries this October.
They said Philippines tops the list of countries following the NBA on Facebook and Twitter outside the United States.
The Rockets' squad for the games in the country and Taiwan include Jeremy Lin, the league's first American-born player of Taiwanese descent.
Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers roster features Danny Granger and NBA All-Stars Paul George, Roy Hibbert, and David West.
After Manila, the Rockets and Pacers will play in Taipei on Sunday.
In the Global Games series, there will be 12 teams playing outside the US and Canada. The league will play regular-season games in two countries beyond those for the first time.
There are also stops in old standbys and first-time trips to cities in Brazil and Spain that will be hosting major international competitions in the next few years.
The NBA annually conducts local events in the country including the Jr. NBA program, which has reached more than 60,000 students, parents, and coaches over the past five years and NBA 3X, the league's global fan event. (AP)