LONDON – (Staff Report from Official News Release) – The first hint of the 2018-19 NBA regular season schedule was announced when organizers of the NBA London Game 2019 stated that the Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks will meet at The O2 on Thursday, Jan. 17.
The Wizards’ roster currently features All-Star guards Bradley Beal and John Wall, who last season led the Wizards in points and assists, respectively, as well as Polish center Marcin Gortat. The Knicks’ roster currently features Latvian forward Kristaps Porzingis, French point guard Frank Ntilikina, guard Tim Hardaway Jr. and newly appointed head coach David Fizdale.
The game will be broadcast by the NBA’s broadcast partners in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and on NBA League Pass International. US broadcast details were not announced.
The NBA London Game 2019 will mark the league’s ninth regular-season game in London and the Knicks’ third game in the capital, having played regular-season games against the Detroit Pistons in 2013 and the Milwaukee Bucks in 2015. The Wizards will be playing their first game in the UK. All eight previous regular-season NBA games in London sold-out.
In addition to the oncourt action, the NBA London Game 2019 will feature a variety of interactive fan activities, NBA Cares community outreach initiatives and Jr. NBA basketball programming that will bring the NBA experience to fans in London.
“We’ve been playing regular-season match-ups in London for nearly a decade, and over that time the games and the surrounding festivities have grown into the equivalent of an NBA All-Star experience transported to Europe,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in a prepared statement. “Fans and partners from across the continent come to celebrate basketball and enjoy the excitement and experience of an NBA game.”