Euroleage American Tour Games Announced
This October Euroleague Basketball and the National Basketball Association (NBA) will be teaming up for the Euroleague American Tour.
Real Madrid from Spain and Montepaschi Siena from Italy will take on opponents from the United States and Canada in games on the 6th and 8th of October. The teams will be facing four NBA teams, the Memphis Grizzlies, the Toronto Raptors, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the San Antonio Spurs.
Real Madrid will be facing the Grizzlies in Memphis and Montepaschi will take on the Spurs in San Antonio on 6th of October. On the 8th of October Madrid will take on the Raptors in Toronto while Siene will play the Cavaliers in Cleveland.
Basketball Director of Real Madrid, Juan Carlos Sánchez, believes that it will be an excellent experience for the team as it is the first time they will play in NBA territory. He said that during the games “we will compete at our maximum to try to win, but we will also try to contribute to a great show for all the fans to enjoy”.
Cleveland, Memphis and San Antonio took part in the last Euroleague American Tour in 2010 and were all eager to repeat the experience. President of Montepaschi Siena, Ferdinando Minucci, said that it is the club’s first time the club have competed in such a tournament and that he thanks “Euroleage and NBA for choosing us, along with Real Madrid, to represent European basketball on this overseas tour.”
The Euroleague American Tour dates back to 1978 when Maccabi Tel Aviv took on the Washington Bullets in Tel Aviv. After this year’s friendly competition is complete a total of 69 games will have been played between clubs from Europe and the NBA.
At the same time NBA Europe Live 2012 will be taking place which will see two NBA teams, the Boston Celtics and the Dallas Mavericks take on teams in Europe.