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NBA playing Nets/Hawks in London, Spurs/Timberwolves in Mexico City next regular season

San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

MEMPHIS, TN - MAY 27: Tim Duncan #21 and Tony Parker #9 of the San Antonio Spurs celebrate a basket by Duncan in the fourth quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies during Game Four of the Western Conference Finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the FedExForum on May 27, 2013 in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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Don’t think for a second that because David Stern is stepping down that the NBA’s quest for global dominance is ending — they will continue to spread the gospel of NBA hoops around the globe. Stern will still play a large part in that.

Next season the NBA is heading out of the country for two regular season games again, the league announced Tuesday.

First, the Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs will play at the Mexico City Arena on Dec. 4.

Six weeks later, the Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets will tip it off in London for a game at The O2 on Jan. 16.

Neither of these are new venues for the NBA for games.

In the preseason the NBA is sending teams all over the globe — the Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Wizards will be involved in games from Brazil to the Philippines, as well as there being games in Bilbao, Spain, and Manchester, England. Kobe Bryant and the Lakers will be in the Philippines but the popular star isn’t expected to play as he still will be recovering from his Achilles injury.