The Oklahoma City Thunder will participate in the NBA Global Games this preseason, with its opening game in Istanbul, Turkey against Fenerbahçe Ülker on Oct. 5.
Following its opening game in Turkey, the Thunder will travel to Manchester, England, to take on the Philadelphia 76ers on Oct. 8. The NBA is one of the most popular sports worldwide, and Commissioner David Stern has been an advocate of marketing the NBA globally.
In addition to its first two games overseas, the Thunder will host the Denver Nuggets at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Oct. 15, before facing the New Orleans Pelicans on Oct. 17 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The Thunder will return to Oklahoma City on Oct. 20 to face the Utah Jazz, before traveling to face the Suns in Phoenix on Oct. 22. The Thunder preseason schedule will wrap up in Wichita, Kansas on Oct. 23 against the Chicago Bulls.
Thunder 2013 Preseason Schedule
Oct. 5 – Fenerbahçe Ülker, Istanbul, Turkey, 8:00 AM (CT)
Oct. 8 – Philadelphia 76ers, Manchester, England, 2:00 PM (CT)
Oct. 15 – vs. Denver Nuggets, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 7:00 PM (CT)
Oct. 17 – vs. New Orleans Pelicans, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 7:00 PM (CT)
Oct. 20 – vs. Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 6:00 PM (CT)
Oct. 22 – @ Phoenix Suns, Phoenix, Arizona, 9:00 PM (CT)
Oct. 23 – vs. Chicago Bulls, Wichita, Kansas 8:30 PM (CT)