Pacers to Play Two Preseason Games in Asia
March 5, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS – The National Basketball Association announced Tuesday that the Indiana Pacers will play two preseason games next October in Asia.
On Oct. 10, the Pacers will meet the Houston Rockets in Manila, Philippines, at the Mall of Asia Arena. On Oct. 13, the Pacers and Rockets will play again at the Taipei Arena in Taipei, Taiwan. This will be the Pacers’ third trip overseas. In 1996, they played Seattle in Berlin, Germany, and Seville, Spain. In 2009, they played the Denver Nuggets in Taipei and Beijing, China.
"I’ve heard so often that NBA basketball is very popular in the Philippines," said Pacers' owner Herb Simon. "This is an opportunity to bring both basketball to and to visit this wonderful country. And, of course we are excited to re-visit Taiwan where we were treated warmly and had a great visit in 2009."
"I can’t wait to travel with my teammates for these two games and be ambassadors for the NBA," said Pacers' center Roy Hibbert, who was part of the 2009 trip. "Taking NBA basketball to the Philippines for the first time is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and the last time we had a great visit to Taiwan and I’m really looking forward to going back. The fans there were great."