The Bulls will take part in the 2018 NBA Mexico City Games by playing a regular season game against the Orlando Magic in December, the team announced Tuesday.
The Magic will play the Bulls on Dec. 13 and the Utah Jazz two days later as part of the NBA's continuing expansion of the game in Mexico. Since 1992 the NBA has played 26 games in Mexico, the most held in any country outside the United States and Canada.
“We are honored that the NBA invited the Chicago Bulls to be a part of sharing a game we love with a global audience," COO Michael Reinsdorf said in a statement. "While our home town is Chicago, the Bulls are fortunate to have fans around the world and we are excited to take our team on the road and help bring the NBA-game experience to Mexico City. On behalf of the entire organization, I want to thank Adam Silver, the NBA, and Mexico City for this opportunity.”
The 2018 games will mark the third consecutive season the NBA has played regular season games in Mexico. Last season the Brooklyn Nets played the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat, and in 2016 the Suns played the Mavericks and Spurs.
“Returning to Mexico City for two regular-season games this season reinforces our commitment to growing basketball in Mexico and Latin America," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said. "NBA teams have been playing in Mexico for more than 25 years, and the Bulls, Jazz and Magic organizations are excited to continue the tradition of bringing the live game experience to our passionate Mexican fans.”