Heat scheduled for exhibition games in Rio, Louisville

LeBron James, here driving around Cleveland's Jarrett Jack, could get that chance again when the Heat play the Cavs in Rio de Janeiro on Oct. 11.


The Miami Heat will play the Cleveland Cavaliers in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 preseason, the NBA announced Thursday.

The Heat, Brooklyn Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Sacramento Kings and San Antonio Spurs will play a series of games in five cities as part of NBA Global Games 2014. Games will be held in in Brazil, China, Germany and Turkey.

Miami will play Cleveland on Oct. 11 at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It will be the NBA’s second game ever in South America.

The other ’14 Global Games games include: San Antonio Spurs vs. Alba Berlin on Oct. 8 in Berlin, Germany; San Antonio vs. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul on Oct. 11 in Istanbul, Turkey; Brooklyn vs. Sacramento Oct. 12 & 15 in Beijing, China.

NBA Global Games also will include regular-season games to be announced at a later date.

"As the passion for the game continues to grow globally we are focused on finding unique and meaningful ways to connect with fans worldwide, and the NBA Global Games are part of those efforts," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. "Basketball brings people together across cultural and geographic lines, and these games are a great opportunity for our fans to experience the excitement of the NBA first-hand."

It was also announced the Heat will play the New Orleans Pelicans Oct. 4. in a preseason game at the KFC YUM! Center in Louisville, Ky.

Tickets for the game in Louisville will go on sale on Saturday, April 19 at 10 a.m. at the KFC Yum! Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

"It’s a well-known fact that Kentucky is basketball country, yet many area fans have never been able to experience a professional game in person," KFC Yum! Center General Manager Dennis Petrullo said. "This event is a great opportunity for people to put aside their college basketball allegiances and cheer on some of the best players in the sport."