Pacers, Kings to take NBA to India in 2019

The Pacers and Kings are taking the NBA to India.

The two teams will play a pair of preseason games Oct. 4 and 5 in Mumbai, the league announced Thursday.

The NBA has never staged a game in India, and the exhibitions mark the first time the country will host games by a North American sports league.

Pacers owner Herbert Simon said: “We are thrilled to be one of the first two teams to play the first-ever game in India and proud to be part of the expanding NBA worldwide footprint of our game of basketball.”

NBA commissioner Adam Silver also welcomed the announcement.

“Our inaugural NBA India Games will help further untap the enormous basketball potential in a country with a thriving sports culture and a growing, young and engaged population,” he said.

“We thank the Kings and Pacers organizations for participating in this historic event.”