The Oklahoma City Thunder will visit Real Madrid Monday afternoon at 2pm in the NBA Global Games. The Thunder will tip-off against nine-time Euroleague Champion and 33-time Spanish League Champion Real Madrid on Oct. 3 at the Barclaycard Center, before travelling to Barcelona to face 18-time Spanish League Champion and two-time Euroleague Champion FC Barcelona Lassa on Oct. 5 at the Palau Sant Jordi.
The Thunder will start their new season without their former star, Kevin Durant as he left to go to the Golden State Warriors. Russell Westbrook will lead the Thunder in what is sure to be an uphill climb but the team is not short of talent since Durant’s departure. The Thunder traded long time PF, Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic for SG, Victor Oladipo which would give Westbrook his best backcourt mate since James Harden.
Real Madrid is by far no pushover as they have won the EuroLeague Championship 9x and the Spanish League Championship, 33 times. Real Madrid features former NBA players, Rudy Fernandez and current stars, Sergio Llull and Felipe Reyes. The Thunder are more athletic on both ends of the court with the size of Steven Adams and Enes Kanter.
The NBA looks to offer these games on a yearly basis and as NBA Commissioner said:
“Coming off one of the most exciting Wesetrn Conference Finals in recent memory, the Oklahoma City Thunder is an ideal team to bring the excitement and passion of the NBA directly to our European fans. The Thunder’s matchups against two heavyweights of European basketball will show off the best of our game while also providing a focal point for a wide range of grassroots basketball activities in Madrid and Barcelona.”
With the European market looking to expand Globally as well, as Euroleague Basketball president and CEO, Jordi Bertomeu had to say on the game:
“It is a great pleasure to welcome an NBA team to Europe again. Real Madrid and FC Barcelona Lassa, two of our most important franchises, and the Oklahoma City Thunder will certainly offer a great show, bringing the best basketball possible from both continents closer to fans.”
Here is where you can watch the game live Monday afternoon.
Date: Monday, October 3
Start Time: 2:00 p.m. (EST)
TV Channel: NBA TV
Live Stream: Stream 1