The NHL starts on Wednesday, so it's also time to think about the NBA … preseason, that is.
The Toronto Raptors hit the West Coast to start its preseason schedule Sunday night against the Los Angeles Clippers at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. The Raptors even get to play in Ontario … California before its home preseason debut on October 12 against Canadian and Rookie of the Year player Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Raptors also would have met up with Anthony Bennett on the Timberwolves, except that the team signed the Canadian forward to a contract to play in Toronto.
The team will play 2 of its 7 preseason games at the Air Canada Centre but also make a visit to fellow NHL arenas in Ottawa (Canadian Tire Centre) and Montréal (Bell Centre). LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are the other ACC opponent on October 18.
The other game in the 2015 NBA Canada Series schedule also includes Wiggins and Minnesota against the Chicago Bulls from the MTS Centre in Winnipeg on October 10. Wiggins will get to play in Toronto, Ottawa, and Winnipeg in the preseason.
The NBA Canada series also has interactive fan events and NBA Cares community outreach programs to help further develop basketball in Canada. Glad to see the NBA step up especially with the increasing number of Canadians in the NBA.
|October 4||L.A. Clippers||Vancouver||7p|
|October 5||At Golden State||San Jose, CA||10:30p|
|October 8||At L.A. Lakers||Ontario, CA||10p|
|October 14||At Minnesota||Ottawa||7p|