Thunder's 2013-2014 season to start in Istanbul

The Oklahoma City Thunder will begin the 2013-14 season overseas.

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: March 5, 2013 at 7:26 am •  Published: March 5, 2013

At the start of this season the NBA played seven preseason games in seven cities across six countries. The Boston Celtics played Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul, Turkey to kick off the 2012 preseason, losing 97-91 inside the near 14,000-seat Ulker Sports Arena.

Fenerbahce, which competes in the Euroleague, won back-to-back Turkish Cups in 2010 and 2011 and is considered one of the top organizations in Europe. It’s the same team for which Thunder forward Thabo Sefolosha briefly competed in late 2011 during the NBA lockout.

In 2010, the Thunder hosted CSKA Moscow inside Chesapeake Energy Arena, defeating the Russian club 97-89.

The Thunder-Sixers game will be the first NBA preseason game played in Manchester.

The remainder of the Thunder’s 2013 preseason schedule will be announced at a later date. In past years, the Thunder played at least one exhibition game inside Chesapeake Energy Arena and at least one inside the BOK Center in Tulsa.

The Sixers will go on to play Uxue Bilbao Basket in Bilbao, Spain on Oct. 6. The Rockets and Pacers will play in Manila, Philippines on Oct. 10 and again on Oct. 13 in Taipei, Taiwan. The Bulls and Wizards will play on Oct. 12 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the Warriors and Lakers will play on Oct. 15 in Beijing, China and again on Oct. 18 in Shanghai, China.

It will be the first-ever NBA preseason games in Brazil and the Philippines, as well as the city of Bilbao, Spain.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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