MINNEAPOLIS — Returning Timberwolves players will receive their second straight in-season trip south of the border this November.
And maybe this time, they’ll actually play a basketball game.
The team announced Thursday it will once again participate in the NBA Global Games with a Nov. 12, regular-season clash against Houston in Mexico City. The last time Minnesota set foot inside Mexico City Arena, on Dec. 4 of last year, a generator malfunction caused the building to fill with smoke.
Both the Timberwolves and Spurs, their opponent that evening, were evacuated and flown back stateside. The game was made up in April at the Target Center.
"We are very proud to once again represent the NBA in Mexico," Timberwolves president Chris Wright said in a statement. "This is a great opportunity for the NBA and the Minnesota Timberwolves to continue the incredible growth of our international fan base. The Mexico City fans were phenomenal last year and we look forward to visiting them again this season."
With seven international players from seven different countries, Minnesota featured one of the league’s most foreign-based rosters once again last season.
They’ll be one of four teams to play a regular-season contest off American or Canadian soil. Milwaukee and New York will square off Jan. 15 in London, while five teams — Brooklyn, Cleveland, Miami, Sacramento and San Antonio — will play a series of preseason exhibitions in Brazil, China, Germany and Turkey.