USA Basketball v Australian Boomers at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne…what could be bigger?
USA Basketball will arrive down under for two huge clashes against the Australian Boomers this time next year, with both games taking place at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne.
The USA will compete in Australia for the first time since the Sydney Olympics, nearly 20 years since Australian basketball fans have been treated to the best in the world on our home court.
The two games will take place on Thursday 22 August, 2019 at 7:30pm and Saturday 24 August, 2019 at 2:00pm. Tickets to both games will go on sale on Wednesday 29 August, 2018 at 1:00pm (AEST). Tickets will start at $91.45.
Three-time NBA Champion and current Boomers Assistant Coach Luc Longley, former NBA All-Star and current New York Knicks GM Allan Houston, and current Australian Boomer in the NBA Mitch Creek spoke to the media together on Monday at Etihad Stadium to promote the ticket launch. The three were joined by current USA Basketball CEO Jim Tooley in Melbourne, as well as Basketball Australia CEO Anthony Moore.
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With Mitch Creek’s recent signing to the Brooklyn Nets, Australia now have 10 players plying their trade at the top level in the NBA.
The two games will form part of both sides preparation for the FIBA World Cup in China in 2019.
Longley stated, “We have the talent to compete with the best in the world and this series is a vital part of preparation to win gold at the FIBA World Cup in China next year”.
Houston spoke of the last time the USA played on Australian soil, reminiscing about the trip as “one of the most memorable playing experiences of my life”.
Houston further stated, “Australia has a long history of developing talented basketball players and there is no question this will be a competitive and entertaining series come August next year”.
Fans can be excited about some of the world’s best basketballers arriving down under, with tickets available from Ticketmaster.com.au to the general public at 1pm (AEST) Wednesday 29 August.