HEAT to Play Grizzlies in Puerto Rico In 05-06 Preseason

MIAMI, May 24 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) returns to Puerto Rico on October 14 with a marquee match-up between the Miami HEAT and the Memphis Grizzlies in San Juan, it was announced today by the NBA. Both teams are expected to travel with their full preseason rosters, bringing to the island stars such as Miami HEAT All-Stars Shaquille O’Neal and Dwyane Wade and Memphis Grizzlies star forward Pau Gasol. The on-sale date for the event to take place at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jose Mario Agrelot will be announced at a later date.

“The 2005 Puerto Rico game is another example of the league’s commitment to reaching fans around the world and serving the Latin America market,” said Arturo Nuñez, Vice President and Managing Director of the NBA Latin America and U.S. Hispanic. “We will continue reaching out to fans, while increasing awareness and participation in the sport of basketball in Puerto Rico and throughout Latin America.”

NBA Puerto Rico 2005 will be the 22nd game organized by the NBA in Latin America since 1992, and the fifth preseason game staged in Puerto Rico. The NBA’s last game in Puerto Rico was played on October 7, 2003, when the HEAT defeated the 76ers 86-79 in overtime at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum. Previous games on the island have included the HEAT vs. Denver in 1993 and a two-game series between the HEAT and Atlanta in 1994. The game also marks the eighth time the HEAT will play internationally and the sixth time the team will be featured in Latin America.

The Miami HEAT had a ground-breaking 2004-05 season with a 59 - 23 record during the regular season. They swept the playoff series against the New Jersey Nets and Washington Wizards with a 4-0 winning streak, respectively, and have secured a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals.

“It is an honor to serve as a global ‘ambassador’ for the NBA and the HEAT while playing abroad,” said Miami HEAT General Manager Randy Pfund. “We are committed to representing the NBA in a very positive way while providing local fans in Puerto Rico with first-class sports entertainment.”

The Puerto Rico 2005 game will be co-produced by San Juan-based Empresas Angelo Medina (EAM), one of Latin America’s top promoters of special events and concerts, including the Miss Universe Pageant. The company owns the perennial Basketball League Cangrejeros de Santurce and operates Deportes 13, which broadcasts NBA and WNBA games across Puerto Rico on channel 13. Its management arm boasts major entertainment clients such as singer Ednita Nazario.

“We are pleased to work together with the league to bring NBA basketball to Puerto Rico, where the sport has always enjoyed great success and popularity,” said Angelo Medina, President of EAM. “Hundreds of thousands of fans in Puerto Rico follow the NBA on a daily basis and this game provides them with the opportunity to watch two great teams perform live in Puerto Rico, while experiencing the excitement of the NBA first-hand.”

SUMMARY OF GAMES PLAYED IN LATIN AMERICA:
Event Date Result Notes
NBA PUERTO RICO 2003 10/7/03 Miami HEAT 86 – Philadelphia 76ers 79 (OT) Preseason
NBA Dominican Republic 2002 10/11/02 Minnesota Timberwolves 90 – Miami HEAT 85 Preseason
NBA Puerto Rico 1994 10/23/94 Atlanta Hawks 104 –Miami HEAT 99 Preseason
NBA Puerto Rico 1994 10/21/94 Miami HEAT 104 – Atlanta Hawks 99 Preseason
NBA Puerto Rico 1993 10/30/93 Miami HEAT 109 – Denver Nuggets 102 Preseason

SUMMARY OF MIAMI HEAT GAMES PLAYED ABROAD:
Date Result Location
10/7/03 Miami HEAT 86 – Philadelphia 76ers 79 (OT) Roberto Clemente Coliseum; San Juan, PR
10/11/02 Minnesota Timberwolves 90 – Miami HEAT 85 Palacio de los Deportes; Santo Domingo, DR
10/11/99 HEAT 126, Maccabi Tel-Aviv 91 The Yad Eliyahu Sports Palace; Tel Aviv, Israel
10/23/94 Atlanta Hawks 104 –Miami HEAT 99 Roberto Clemente Coliseum; San Juan, PR
10/21/94 Miami HEAT 104 – Atlanta Hawks 99 Roberto Clemente Coliseum; San Juan, PR
10/30/93 Miami HEAT 109 – Denver Nuggets 102 Roberto Clemente Coliseum; San Juan, PR
10/20/91 HEAT 109, Washington 98 Crystal Palace Resort; Nassau, Bahamas