Utah Jazz to play exhibition game vs. Sydney Kings of Australia's NBL Oct. 2

Utah Jazz to play exhibition game vs. Sydney Kings of Australia's NBL Oct. 2

The Utah Jazz’s roster has two players who hail from Australia in Joe Ingles and Dante Exum, but more basketball players from Down Under will be coming to Salt Lake City in October.

The Jazz and the Sydney Kings of Australia’s National Basketball League will face off in an exhibition game Oct. 2 at Vivint Arena, Utah announced Monday evening. It will be the first game played at the building following the completion of renovations that are scheduled to be done in mid-September.

The game will be part of a tripleheader between the NBL and NBA. Other matchups will include the Oklahoma City Thunder against Melbourne United and the Phoenix Suns squaring off against the Brisbane Bullets.

The Thunder-United game will be on Oct. 8 in Oklahoma City, while the Suns-Bullets matchup will be Oct. 13 in Phoenix. This marks the first time NBL teams will come to the United States to face NBA competition.

The Daily Telegraph in Sydney first reported the news on Monday afternoon, indicating that the Jazz-Kings game would take place on what will be Oct. 3 in Australia.

Ingles played for the NBL’s South Dragons from 2006-2009, while Exum’s father Cecil played for multiple teams in the league after his collegiate career at North Carolina in the 1980s.

“This is massive for Australian basketball and an exciting opportunity for NBA and NBL players to compete together on the same floor,” Ingles said in the announcement. “As an Aussie who began my career in the NBL and now entering my fourth season with Utah, I am very proud of the growth of the game in my home country and can’t wait for the Jazz and Salt Lake City to play host to Sydney this fall.”

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Published at Mon, 31 Jul 2017 21:15:00 +0000