As confirmed by the NBA, the Raptors will take on the Orlando Magic in London, England at the O2 Arena on January 14th next year. This will be the sixth NBA regular season game played in London since 2011.
The Raptors are no strangers to international games. If you recall, they were one of the first two teams to play regular season games in London. On March 4th and 5th in 2011, the Raptors faced off against the (then) New Jersey Nets. The Raptors lost both games (it was a tough season), but the latter game went to triple OT. And it allowed me to type this quote:
"Travis Outlaw scored the final eight points for the Nets, while Brook Lopez added 34 points and 14 boards to help New Jersey hold off Bargnani (35 points) and the Raps in an instant classic."
The NBA in London is wonderful.
Still, Masai Ujiri had this to say about the upcoming game (and the past):
"On behalf of the Raptors organization, we are proud to return to London for NBA Global Games 2016. We had a tremendous experience in London in 2011 and look forward to reconnecting with the fans and community. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to continue in the NBA's mission to make an impact globally."
What do you guys think of this whole deal?