The Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks could have two preseason matchups at Abu Dhabi in October, marking the NBA’s first video games within the United Arab Emirates and on the Arabian Gulf.
The 2 exhibitions will happen Oct. 6 and Oct. eight at Etihad Area on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The NBA introduced the video games Tuesday at the side of the division of tradition and tourism of Abu Dhabi.
They’re the third and fourth worldwide preseason video games identified to be on subsequent season’s schedule.
The Golden State Warriors and Washington Wizards are heading to Saitama, Japan, for video games on Sept. 30 and Oct. 2. These would be the first video games for the NBA outdoors of North America since Jan. 24, 2020, when Milwaukee and Charlotte met in Paris for a regular-season sport about six weeks earlier than the pandemic began.
The final time the NBA traveled abroad for preseason contests was October 2019, when Sacramento and Indiana performed twice in Mumbai, Houston and Toronto performed twice in Saitama and the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn performed a pair of video games in China.
The groups going abroad for preseason video games sometimes are allowed to open coaching camps just a few days earlier than the remainder of the league. Most groups predict camps to start Sept. 26, which — assuming the schedule is typical — would put the league heading in the right direction to carry opening evening subsequent season on Oct. 18.
The Bucks-Hawks exhibitions, billed because the NBA Abu Dhabi Video games 2022, are a part of a multiyear partnership between the NBA and Abu Dhabi’s division of tradition and tourism.
NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum went to Abu Dhabi in November to signal a multiyear deal between the league and tourism officers there.
The partnership contains the launching earlier this 12 months of the primary Junior NBA Abu Dhabi League, a youth basketball league for 450 girls and boys 11-14 years previous from colleges throughout Abu Dhabi.
The partnership additionally contains quite a lot of interactive fan occasions that includes appearances by present and former NBA gamers, a sequence of NBA FIT clinics selling well being and wellness plus an NBA 2K League exhibition occasion at Center East Movie & Comedian Con.