Malaga to Play Host to the Memphis Grizzlies as Part of NBA Europe Live Presented by EA Sports™
Posted Aug 8 2007 3:24PM
MALAGA, SPAIN, March 15, 2007 – The city of Malaga will welcome the Memphis Grizzlies in October 2007 for training camp and a game against Unicaja Malaga as part of NBA Europe Live presented by EA SPORTS™ the NBA, Euroleague Basketball and Unicaja Malaga announced today.
The Memphis Grizzlies will hold training camp in Malaga in the first week of October followed by a game against Unicaja Malaga at the Palacio de Deportes José Manuel Martin Carpena on Oct. 9. Spain’s most celebrated basketball player Pau Gasol will make his second appearance in Spain with the Grizzlies, having previously played in Barcelona in 2003.
"We are thrilled to be bringing the thrills and excitement of the NBA back to Spain as part of the 2007 NBA Europe Live Tour," said Andrew Messick, NBA Senior Vice President International. "Last year's event in Spain was a great success with fans able to experience the NBA close up. We can again look forward to a compelling game this year. Fans are in for a real treat."
“For the second consecutive year Euroleague Basketball is able to enjoy solid competitive games in the NBA Europe Live Tour,” CEO of Euroleague Basketball Jordi Bertomeu said. “Last year the NBA Europe Live Tour was a great success in Barcelona where the Philadelphia 76ers and Winterthur F.C. Barcelona played a great pre season game for all the fans to enjoy, and there is no doubt that this year will be equally successful. Euroleague Basketball is always happy to promote basketball throughout Europe and would like to thank Unicaja Malaga for participating in this event to bring the best basketball to fans across Europe.”
"EA SPORTS™ and the NBA share a passion for basketball," said Jan Bolz, Vice President, International Sales and Marketing at EA. "We're excited to bring the NBA Europe Live tour back to Spain this year, creating a common platform for fans to enjoy the world's best real and virtual basketball under one roof."
NBA Europe Live presented by EA SPORTS™, will see a total of four NBA teams travel to six Europe cities in four countries. After Malaga, the Grizzlies will travel to Madrid to play a game against either MMT Estudiantes or Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada on Oct. 11. The Toronto Raptors will also play that night in Madrid against Real Madrid. The Raptors will conduct training camp in Treviso, Italy, before playing the Boston Celtics on Oct. 6 and Lottomotica Roma on Oct. 7 in Rome. The Minnesota Timberwolves will hold training camp in Istanbul before playing a game against local team Efes Pilsen on Oct. 6. The Timberwolves and Boston Celtics will then square up in London on Oct. 10.
After the 2007 NBA Europe Live Tour, NBA teams will have played 41 games in 15 cities throughout Europe over the past two decades. The inaugural NBA Europe Live visited seven cities in five countries and drew more than 36 million viewers, 115,000 spectators, and 18 marketing partners in October 2006.