The NBA has announced two preseason games for the 2016-17 season that will feature the OKC Thunder against two Euroleague Basketball powers -- Real Madrid and FC Barcelona Lassa. The games -- Real Madrid on October 3 and Barca on October 5 -- will take place in those Spanish cities. It should be noted that Barcelona played a major role in the history of basketball's global popularity, as it was at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games that the "Dream Team" -- America's first Olympic basketball team featuring professionals -- captivated the world.
The big question about the October games is whether Thunder star Russell Westbrook will get his guaranteed Spanish triple-doubles with Kevin Durant on the floor -- or not. Durant is the most sought-after free agent in the NBA this summer, and every team with a snowball's chance of luring the former NBA MVP and scoring champion is taking a shot. Durant turned down sneaker suitor Under Armour two years ago to remain with Nike, so loyalty has been KD's modus operandi so far. Who knows? Maybe even a nice trip to Spain with Victor Oladipo will be incentive enough for Durant to hang around for one more shot at a title in Oklahoma City.
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