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"Los Spurs" To Play First Regular Season Game in Mexico

  The San Antonio Spurs later this year will play their first ever regular season game in Mexico City, 1200 WOAI news reports.

 

  The Spurs will take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Mexico City Arena on December 4th as part of the NBA Global Games schedule.

 

  It is the first regular season Spurs game ever to be played outside of the NBA countries of the U.S. and Canada.

 

  The Spurs have played four pre season games in Mexico City.  The most recent was a one point victory over the Los Angeles Clippers at the Sports Palace in Mexico City in October of 2010.

 

  "Given the deep-rooted Mexican heritage of San Antonio and our proximity to the Mexican border, Mexico City is an ideal location for us to play our first regular season game outside of the United States and Canada," Spurs Sports and Entertainment President of Business Operations Rick Pych said.

 

 "The NBA is a global game and this is a terrific opportunity to reach a new group of fans and have them experience Spurs basketball."

 

  While the NBA is a global game, basketball is not a big sport in Mexico.  Only three Mexican born players have ever played in the NBA, and all three left Mexico to play basketball. One, Eduardo Najera, grew up in San Antonio and played basketball for Cornerstone Christian Academy. 

 

  The Spurs, despite their international roster and their 'Los Spurs' image, have never had a Mexican born player on their roster.

 

  The Spurs-Timberwolves game will be the second NBA regular season game in Mexico City.  The Houston Rockers and Dallas Mavericks played in Mexico in 1997.

 

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