The Euroleague American Tour is an event organized yearly since 2009. Its purpose is to organize games between Euroleague and sometimes Eurocup teams to play games against National Basketball Association teams, thereby promoting the game of basketball globally. The games of the Tour are played by NBA rules.
The Euroleague American Tour continues a tradition of friendly competition between NBA and Euroleague teams that dates back to 1978, when Maccabi Tel Aviv played the Washington Bullets in Tel Aviv, Israel. Combined with the NBA Europe Live Tour that also regularly presents clashes between Euroleague and NBA squads, they represent an effort to bring two different basketball worlds closer for the greater good of the game.
The first event that took place in 2009 involved Olympiacos, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Partizan Belgrade from the Euroleague. They played against the San Antonio Spurs, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Denver Nuggets and the Phoenix Suns, losing all four games.
The second event in 2010 involved CSKA Moscow and Caja Laboral against the Memphis Grizzlies, the Miami Heat, the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the San Antonio Spurs.
The third edition of the Euroleague American Tour took place in 2012, involving Real Madrid and Mens Sana Siena against the Memphis Grizzlies, the Toronto Raptors, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the San Antonio Spurs.
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