Philadelphia PA: As the entire basketball world awaits the release of the 2-17-18 NBA Schedule, there will be some international flavor that will involve a classic rivalry. On Thursday, the NBA would announce that the Philadelphia 76ers to play the Boston Celtics in the NBA London Game 2018 on Thursday, January 11 against the Boston Celtics at The O2 Arena. The game will be LIVE on CSN here in Philadelphia & on 97.5 The Fanatic

This will be the 8th time the NBA will be playing a regular season game in London, and this will be the 76ers & Celtics second time playing in UK, the last time the Celtics played in the UK was a preseason game vs Minnesota Timberwolves in 2007 while the 76ers last played in the UK was also a preseason game in Manchester vs Oklahoma City Thunder in 2013.

Statements:
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver:
“This will be our 16th game in London where our events have become an annual opportunity for basketball fans across Europe to come together and share their passion for the NBA.”

Sixers Managing General Partner Josh Harris, who also owns Crystal Palace F.C. of the EPL:
“The sport of basketball continues to show remarkable growth internationally and we’re excited to travel to London to play in front of the great fans there on Jan. 11. This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase our dynamic team filled with exciting international players to a fan base that has a clear passion for world-class sporting events. It’s especially exciting to have the Sixers face off against the Boston Celtics on Thursday, to be followed by Crystal Palace’s Saturday match-up against Burney nearby in South London.”

Sixers Head Coach Brett Brown:
“Participating in NBA London Game 2018 is a great opportunity for our players to compete in front of an international audience at the historic O2 Arena. I have fond memories of coaching the Australian national team in London during the 2012 Olympics. The basketball fans there are very passionate and I am looking forward to playing the Celtics there in January.”

Philadelphia 76ers Center Joel Embiid:
“I look forward to coming back to London with the Sixers after visiting for the first time this summer.  We are a young, hungry team and will be sure to give the fans an exciting game against Boston in January.”

Boston Celtics Point Guard Isaiah Thomas:
“It’s very exciting for our team and the whole Celtics organization to compete in front of our loyal fans in London.  I can’t wait to connect with them at the NBA London Game 2018 and hopefully make new fans in the process.”

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