NBA sets pre-season dates for Raptors in Vancouver, Montreal

Friday, June 29 2018

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NEW YORK: The NBA’s sixth Canada Series pre-season games will include stops for the Toronto Raptors at Vancouver and Montreal, the league announced Thursday (Friday in Manila).
NBA All-Stars DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry will lead the Raptors againt Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers on September 29 at Vancouver.
On October 10, the Raptors will face Asian-American standout Jeremy Lin and the Brooklyn Nets in Montreal.
It will mark the NBA’s fifth pre-season game in Montreal and the fourth in Vancouver, once the home of the Memphis Grizzlies, as part of the Canada series.
“One of the many great things about being Canada’s team is that we get a chance to bring the game we love to different parts of the country and to connect with our fans,” said Raptors president Masai Ujiri, a Nigerian who was named 2013 NBA Executive of the Year.
The Raptors are coming off their best season, finishing 59-23 with the top record in the Eastern Conference before being swept by Cleveland in the second round of the playoffs.
“We’re excited for our preseason game in Montreal,” said Nets general manager Sean Marks, the first New Zealand player in the NBA. “This will be a good opportunity for our players and staff to experience the rich culture of the city and the exciting atmosphere created by the fans.”
NBA Academy brings top global prospects to Australia camp
The second NBA Academy Games, featuring top prospects from around the world in exhibition matchups, will be staged next month in Australia, the league announced Thursday.
Prospects from NBA academies in China, India, Senegal, Mexico and Australia will play from July 15-21 at the NBA Global Academy in Canberra, with games open to NBA teams and US college coaches.
Academy coaches will also lead top players in clinics and seminars, including work in movement efficiency, positional skill development, health and wellness, leadership and communication.
“Our second NBA Academy Games will give returning and new prospects the opportunity to compete against and learn from one another,” NBA vice President of International Basketball Operations Brooks Meek said.
Prospects traveled to Europe and the United States to compete against elite level rivals earlier this year and two NBA Academy graduates became the first to make verbal US college commitments.
AFP