In less than six months, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens will be on the sideline in six different countries. He’s perhaps the best current example of the NBA’s international reach. Stevens’ itinerary: He was an assistant for the NBA’s game in South Africa in August, will take his Celtics to Italy and Spain for preseason matchups in October, and his club will head to Mexico in December for a regular-season contest against Sacramento. So those, combined with the normal locales in the U.S. and Canada, means Stevens will get a real feel for the game’s global following. The league has long placed importance on growing the game worldwide, and this year’s lineup for the Global Games, with NBA teams heading to six different countries, only enhances those efforts. – Associated Press
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