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All The World's A Stage: Stern Talks About NBA's Dedication To Global Push
Published October 8, 2012
GOING GLOBAL: In Orlando, James Fredrick reports last night's Hornets-Magic preseason game in Mexico City drew 18,133 fans to Ciudad de Mexico Arena, and they "stuck around to relish the last few moments of hosting NBA players." The league has "not announced whether it will play any other games in Mexico" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 10/8). Meanwhile, in Ft. Lauderdale, Ira Winderman notes the Heat left yesterday for Beijing, and while "plenty of cultural and corporate events will be mixed into the schedule, there also are a pair of exhibitions and four practice sessions scheduled over the week." Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is "insisting the week also will be about basketball." However, with the "drudgery of last week's training camp at AmericanAirlines Arena behind them, Spoelstra said that there is "no need solely for non-stop basketball" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 10/8).