HOUSTON – The Houston Rockets will head overseas in October for two exhibition games, the NBA announced Tuesday.
The Rockets will face the Indiana Pacers in their two exhibition games. They will begin their preseason slate with a game on Oct. 10 in Manila, Philippines at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The NBA said that this the first time one of their teams has traveled to the Philippines since the then-Washington Bullets played against a Philippine Basketball Association All-Star team in 1979.
The Rockets and Pacers will then travel to Taipei for a game on Oct. 13 at the Taipei Arena in Taiwan.
“Providing fans with an authentic NBA experience is an important part of our efforts to grow the game globally,” said NBA Commissioner David Stern. “This fall, nearly a third of our teams will embark on a global tour that will celebrate the game of basketball, give our international fans a chance to connect with NBA teams and players, and leave a lasting impact in each of the communities we visit.”
The league also said that the games will feature a variety of events off the court, including NBA Cares community outreach activities and interactive fan events in each city.
Fans will be able to watch the exhibition games on television and through digital media.