The National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced that NBA 3X, the league’s global 3-on-3 basketball tournament and free interactive fan experience, will be returning to the UK with events in London and Manchester this July.
Atlanta Hawks center and two-time NBA All-Star Al Horford will highlight the event in London’s Ducketts Common on July 13-14. Horford will return to the capital with his Atlanta Hawks team as they take on the Brooklyn Nets in a regular-season game at The O2 on January 16 as part of the NBA Global Games London 2014.
Following London, NBA 3X will visit Manchester’s City Square at the Etihad, on July 19-20, and will feature one of the league’s top defenders, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka. Ibaka’s visit to Manchester comes ahead of the Thunder’s trip to the city for a preseason game against the Philadelphia 76ers on October 8 as part of NBA Global Games Manchester 2013.
“We are thrilled to be welcoming NBA 3X back to the UK for the second consecutive year,” said Benjamin Morel, NBA Senior Vice President, Europe. “Fans and players alike can expect a truly authentic NBA experience and a unique opportunity to meet two of the league’s top players, ahead of an exciting schedule of NBA games in both cities.”
NBA 3X combines a competitive 3-on-3 basketball tournament with free interactive basketball activities, including the adidas Skills Challenge Court, the Foot Locker pop-a-shots, and the StubHub Knockout competition. The NBA 3X experience also includes autograph sessions, music and live DJ’s, NBA merchandise giveaways, prizing and much more.
The 3-on-3 tournament comprises of teams of four players and is open for boys and girls of all skill levels in the following categories: under-12, under-14, under-16, under-18, and an 18+ open category.
More information and team registration details can be found on Facebook and Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/nbauk/events and @NBAUK. Fans are encouraged to register as soon as possible as spaces are limited.