NBA Global Games
The NBA Europe Live Tour is an event organised yearly since 2006. Its purpose is to bring teams from the National Basketball Association (NBA) to play games against mainly Euroleague but also Eurocup teams.
The games themselves are played under NBA rules, which differ slightly from the FIBA rules which the Euroleague teams normally play under. Court markings also differ slightly.
In 2009, though, Euroleague changed their mind and Real Madrid was allowed to play a game against the Utah Jazz. Two days previously, the Chicago Bulls defeated the Jazz by a point in London, England.
The 2010 NBA Europe Live Tour had games played in Milan, Barcelona, Paris, and London, and involved the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Regal Barcelona, and Armani Jeans Milano.
- New York Knicks vs. AJ Milano (Oct. 3) Milan - Mediolanum Forum
- Los Angeles Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (Oct. 4) London - The O2 Arena
- New York Knicks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (Oct. 6) Paris - Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
- Los Angeles Lakers vs. Regal Barcelona (Oct. 7) Barcelona - Palau Sant Jordi
The 2012 NBA Europe Live Tour was held in Turkey, Germany, Italy and Spain. This edition featured the Boston Celtics playing Turkey's Fenerbahçe Ülker and Italy's Armani Jeans Milano, and the Dallas Mavericks playing Germany's Alba Berlin and Spain's FC Barcelona.
In 2013, the event changed its name to NBA Global Games. In this edition, there will only be two games between NBA and European teams. The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Philadelphia 76ers will face Fenerbahçe Ülker and Bilbao Basket respectively. There will also be games between NBA teams in England, Brazil, Philippines, Taiwan and China.
- Important Euroleague news: no more NBA Europe Live Tour, www.ballineurope.com, January 16, 2008, accessed August 17, 2008.
- nba.com, www.nba.com, April 13, 2010
- NBA announces comprehensive global games schedule for 2013-14 preseason NBA, 5 March 2013