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WOODSON SAYS KNICKS UP FOR LONDON
- Updated: October 4, 2012
New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson says his team has no fears over travelling to London to face the Detroit Pistons on January 17.
The NBA regular season game, which was first revealed by MVP in July, follows on from a series of pre-season ties which are taking place over the next week in European cities including Milan, Barcelona and Berlin.
It will be the seventh time that NBA teams have played at The 02 Arena and the Knicks’ first trip to the UK.
“I am excited to show our great fans in London what New York basketball is about,” said Woodson.
“For Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler to return to the city where they helped Team USA win the (Olympic) gold makes it even more special for our team.”
The game follows the league’s first-ever regular-season games in Europe held in March 2011, which included a pair of sold-out contests between the Toronto Raptors and New Jersey Nets also played at The O2.
The city will also stage the Euroleague Final Four next May as well as the BBL play-off final.
“London was the epicentre of global sports this summer, and the Olympics were a tremendous showcase for basketball,” said NBA Commissioner David Stern.
“Playing our third regular-season game in the city in three years and having historic franchises like the Knicks and Pistons serve as our ambassadors provide extraordinary opportunities to further the game’s growth and development in the UK and throughout Europe.”
Tickets will go on sale on October 30 at www.theo2.co.uk.