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Grizzlies to host preseason game against Real Madrid

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Such is the state of the world that most of us would rather see Real Madrid’s soccer team — with Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka — than their basketball team, but we’ll take what we can get.

Real Madrid — which includes Rudy Fernandez and Sergio Rodriguez — will take on the Memphis Grizzlies in a preseason game in Tennessee, the team announced (via SLAM).

This is just more of the international growth of the game. The NBA has sent teams to Europe and China and Mexico for a decade now to spread the gospel of the league. But now some of the bigger European teams — Real Madrid this year, Barcelona before — are willing to come here to do the same.

The game will be Oct. 6 at the FedEx Forum.