Brisbane Bullets will play Phoenix Suns in October as part of an historic series of games between NBL and NBA clubs.
The NBL Executive Chairman and Owner Larry Kestelman and NBA Asia Managing Director Scott Levy made the announcement today.
The Bullets are one of three NBL teams, along with Sydney Kings and Melbourne United to be a part the U.S. tour playing against NBA teams.
The Brisbane v Phoenix game will take place on October 13 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in the final of three matches in the U.S. between NBL and NBA teams.
Brisbane CEO Richard Clarke said this is a very exciting opportunity for our club and I want to thank the NBA and NBL for making it possible.
“For our club to be chosen is a great endorsement of the Bullets and the NBL in Australia.”
“This is an opportunity to showcase Brisbane on the biggest basketball stage in the world and for our players to test themselves against the world’s best.”
Phoenix Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough said: “We’re excited to host the Brisbane Bullets in Phoenix. It’s representative of the global expansion of the game and a great opportunity for our organization to connect with Suns fans in Australia and beyond.”
Brisbane Bullets’ Daniel Kickert said: “This a great opportunity for all the players and we can’t wait to get to the US in October and take on the Phoenix Suns.”
The announcement of the game vs the Suns does mean a change to the home schedule for the Bullets. The game scheduled for October 15 vs the New Zealand Breakers will now be played on Sunday December 3, at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.