The Nets will make a trip to Mexico this year, taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder on Dec. 7 and the Miami Heat on Dec. 9, the league announced Wednesday.
"I've obviously traveled a lot in the basketball world and been to Mexico City twice and know what a great fanbase there is," head coach Kenny Atkinson said following the announcement. "We're honored and playing two good teams. The Mexican fans are going to have a good time watching us play these games.
"I did NBA Basketball Without Borders in Mexico City, and I coached with the Dominican national team and we played the FIBA Championships in Mexico City: I really felt the passion of the Mexican fans. It's an incredible city, great culture."
The games will take place at Arena Ciudad de Mexico, marking the second time the Nets will play games in Mexico City. The franchise participated in a preseason game there in 1999. Both of this season's games will count as home games for the Nets.
"First of all, what we're trying to build here with the Nets is a diverse culture, whether it's with our staff or our players," Atkinson said. "To get out of our comfort zone, go to a different country, new culture, new people, it's a growing experience. It's going to help us improve as a team, as an organization. These opportunities don't come along too often. We're thrilled we have a chance to be part of this."