On Tuesday morning the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) announced The NBA Abu Dhabi Games 2023. The event will feature the Minnesota Timberwolves and Dallas Mavericks playing a pair of preseason games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates..
Timberwolves CEO Ethan Casson voiced his pleasure with the team having an opportunity to participate in the event saying, “As the NBA continues its global expansion, the Minnesota Timberwolves are honored to be selected for The NBA Abu Dhabi Games. Thank you to the NBA and the host city of Abu Dhabi for allowing us the opportunity to bring fans together through the game of basketball.”
Additionally NBA Europe and Middle East Managing Director, Ralph Rivera gave his thoughts on the partnership saying, “Following the success of last year’s games and events that welcomed fans from across the globe to Abu Dhabi, we’re excited to return in the 2023 preseason with two great matchups between the Mavericks and Timberwolves and some of the best players in the world. Our collaboration with DCT Abu Dhabi continues to support the NBA’s goal of introducing basketball and its values to young boys and girls in the UAE and globally, and that will be the case once again through these games and the surrounding activities.”
The two preseason games will be played on Thursday, October 5 and Saturday, October 7.