NBA preseason schedule: Thunder open in Istanbul in 1 of 8 overseas games


The Oklahoma City Thunder will play in the NBA's first preseason game of 2013 and face a Turkish power led by familiar face Linas Kleiza.

The NBA preseason will tip off on Oct. 5 when the Oklahoma City Thunder travel to Istanbul to face Turkish basketball power Fenerbahce Ulker, the NBA announced Thursday. That day will also include Dwight Howard's debut in Houston as the Rockets host the rebranded New Orleans Pelicans.

Kevin Durant and company will open in Turkey but against familiar faces. Fenerbahce signed Linas Kleiza away from the NBA after the Toronto Raptors used their amnesty provision on the forward this offseason, and the contract is reportedly one of the largest in Europe. The Lithuanian is joined by Romain Sato, a Xavier Musketeers product who was a second-round draft pick of the San Antonio Spurs in 2004, and Croatian forward Bojan Bogdanovic, the Nets' 2011 second-round pick who almost signed with Brooklyn this offseason.

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Oklahoma City isn't the only team playing in unfamiliar territory this offseason. The Philadelphia 76ers will open in Bilbao, Spain, on Oct. 6 as part of eight overseas games before facing the Thunder on Oct. 8 in England.

Here's a look at all the international games:

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul

Oct. 5

Istanbul, Turkey

Ulker Sports Arena

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Uxue Bilbao Basket

Oct. 6

Bilbao, Spain

Bizkaia Arena at the BEC

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Oct. 8

Manchester, England

Manchester Arena

Houston Rockets vs. Indiana Pacers

Oct. 10

Manila, Philippines

Mall of Asia Arena

Houston Rockets vs. Indiana Pacers

Oct. 13

Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei Arena

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards

Oct. 12

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

HSBC Arena

Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Oct. 15

Beijing, China

MasterCard Center

Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Oct. 18

Shanghai, China

Mercedes-Benz Arena

Additionally, a number of teams will play in non-NBA cities. The New York Knicks announced their preseason schedule on Thursday, which includes a game in Green Bay, Wisc., against the Milwaukee Bucks, a Baltimore outing against the Washington Wizards, and games against the Celtics in Providence, R.I., and Manchester, N.H.

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