Jazz to play Magic in Mexico City; source confirms Utah will host Christmas Day game against Damian Lillard’s Trail Blazers

Jazz to play Magic in Mexico City; source confirms Utah will host Christmas Day game against Damian Lillard’s Trail Blazers

For some, a visit to Mexico in December may very well be a well-deserved trip. For the Utah Jazz, touring south might be a enterprise journey.

The Jazz will play the Orlando Magic in Mexico Metropolis in an everyday season sport on Dec. 15, the NBA introduced Tuesday. The sport is the second of a two-game sequence wherein the Magic may even play the Chicago Bulls within the Enviornment Ciudad de Mexico.

League sources on Tuesday evening confirmed to The Tribune a report from ESPN that the Jazz will host the Portland Path Blazers as a part of the NBA’s annual slate of Christmas Day video games. The league on Wednesday will launch the primary week of standard season matchups, plus the complete schedule of video games on each Christmas Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Utah performed in Mexico Metropolis in 2003 in a preseason sport towards the Dallas Mavericks, and performed two October video games there in 1996: one towards Dallas, and one towards the Phoenix Suns. The Jazz gained the 2003 contest and cut up the 1996 video games.

“The Utah Jazz are excited to play in Mexico Metropolis and are proud to symbolize our followers and the NBA on a worldwide stage,” Jazz president Steve Starks stated in an announcement. “Our group thanks the NBA and the individuals of Mexico Metropolis for this distinctive alternative.”

The Jazz have traveled to different locales for preseason video games earlier than: 2009 matchups towards the Chicago Bulls and Actual Madrid happened in London’s O2 Enviornment. In 1990, they performed two contests to open the common season in Tokyo towards the Phoenix Suns.

However that is the most recent in-season worldwide Jazz sport ever (excluding the staff’s annual journeys to Toronto). The competition will rely as an away sport for the Jazz and a house sport for the Magic.

Mexico Metropolis is nearer to Salt Lake Metropolis than Orlando is by about 250 miles. And the NBA normally tries to accommodate internationally touring groups with journey days scheduled across the sport itself. The complete NBA schedule is launched later in August.

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