The anticipation is building as the National Basketball Association (NBA) announces the ninth installment of the NBA Canada Series presented by Bell, set to take place in October 2023. This series of preseason games is gearing up to showcase the vibrant talent emerging from the Canadian basketball scene and deliver an electrifying experience for fans.
The excitement commences on Sunday, Oct. 8, with a showdown at Vancouver’s iconic Rogers Arena. Toronto Raptors, led by two-time NBA All-Star Pascal Siakam, along with the 2021-22 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes, will take on the 2022-23 NBA Pacific Division champion Sacramento Kings. This matchup guarantees an intense clash between these two teams, with Sacramento Kings featuring three-time NBA All-Star Domantas Sabonis, De’Aaron Fox, and Canadian sensation Trey Lyles. Guiding the Kings is the experienced hand of Mike Brown, the unanimous 2022-23 NBA Coach of the Year.
Later, on Thursday, Oct. 12, the Bell Centre in Montréal becomes the epicenter of basketball passion. The Oklahoma City Thunder, boasting the talents of Canadians Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Montréal-native Luguentz Dort, will go up against the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons bring a strong lineup, including the likes of Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, and Ausar Thompson, the No. 5 overall draft pick in 2023. This matchup embodies the spirit of basketball’s unifying force and celebrates the diverse journeys of players.
The eagerly awaited ticket sales will soon commence, offering fans the chance to secure their seats for this thrilling event. While awaiting this moment, fans can register their interest for exclusive presale access by visiting NBA.com/CanadaSeries. Additionally, premium NBA Experiences ticket packages, providing enhanced access to the Montréal game and accompanying events, will be available for purchase. The collaborative effort between the NBA and presenting partner Bell, alongside the support of Hennessy, Labatt, Subway, and Tangerine, ensures a comprehensive and unforgettable experience both on and off the court.
The legacy of excellence that the NBA Canada Series presented by Bell carries is noteworthy. With 15 NBA teams participating in 16 preseason games across six cities, the series has garnered an impressive cumulative attendance of over a quarter of a million basketball enthusiasts. It serves as a significant platform to nurture Canadian basketball culture, highlight local talents, and foster a vibrant sense of community among fans.
Leah MacNab, NBA Canada Senior Vice President and Managing Director, highlights the series’ importance, stating, “We’re extremely excited about this year’s NBA Canada Series presented by Bell, which comes at a time when basketball popularity and the level of talent coming from Canada are at an all-time high. Through these two games and the surrounding events, the passionate NBA fans in Vancouver and Montréal will have the opportunity to see some of the best up-and-coming players in the league and several hometown heroes, which will inspire the next generation of fans and players across the country.”
David Kennedy, Bell’s VP Brand & Sponsorship, adds his perspective, saying, “We’re thrilled to sponsor the ninth NBA Canada Series and bring the live NBA experience to fans in Montréal and Vancouver. For over a decade we’ve been partners of both the Toronto Raptors and the league, and are strong supporters of basketball and events like this that bring communities together and inspire the next generation of players.”
As the NBA Canada Series presented by Bell approaches, excitement continues to build among fans, players, and communities. This series not only elevates the level of competition but also nurtures a sense of unity and inspiration among players and fans alike. It transcends geographical boundaries, celebrating the shared love for basketball and the potential it holds for the upcoming generation of athletes.
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