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Jazz-Kings countdown

WE'RE counting down now in the final days to the NBL and WNBL tip-offs but it is hard to see past the historic NBA preseason game between the Sydney Kings and Utah Jazz tomorrow.

Not the first NBA-NBL encounter - that record belongs to Perth Wildcats with their clash against NBA champion Houston Rockets in 1995 - it is the first one sought by both leagues and speaks volumes for how far our competition has come in two years under Larry Kestelman's stewardship.

The game will be broadcast globally on ESPN and NBA League Pass, with the NBL's 2017-18 season tip-off on Thursday at Titanium Security Arena where the Adelaide 36ers host title favourite Melbourne United.

The 2016-17 NBL season was by far the closest of the league's 39 seasons and on the eve of season #40, the preseason Blitz created history when no team came through unbeaten and no club went without a win.

That has never happened before.

“Australian basketball has never been better and this promises to be the biggest NBL season we’ve ever seen," NBL chief executive officer Jeremy Loeliger said.

“Last season we enjoyed record crowds and in this, our 40th season, more history will be made when Sydney Kings, Melbourne United and Brisbane Bullets play in the NBA preseason.

“Whether you are at the game or watching live on FOX SPORTS or SBS, it’s an exciting time for Australian basketball and I’m sure the fans can’t wait for it to start.”

The WNBL also tips off on Thursday when arch Victorian rivals Dandenong Rangers host Melbourne Boomers, the league also now back on TV courtesy of FOX SPORTS.

Stay tuned this week for full NBL and WNBL: season previews.

TOMORROW: JAZZ-KINGS, not Jazz Kings as in Louis Armstrong, Count Basie and Duke Ellington but from 11.30am in SA and NT and midday eastern, it's the Jazz V Kings in historic NBA-NBL action on ESPN and NBA League Pass!   

Oct 2

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