Orlando Magic, New Orleans Hornets to play preseason game in Mexico City
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.
Japan, England and Canada are the only other countries to host a regular season NBA game. The league has had a total of 107 games played outside of the U.S. and Canada, sending teams to 17 countries throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia.