ISTANBUL, TURKEY August 3, 2007
- The 2007 edition of NBA Europe Live presented by EA SPORTS™ was presented last Friday in Istanbul as representatives from the NBA, Euroleague Basketball, Efes Pilsen and the Turkish Basketball Federation announced officially the game between Efes Pilsen and the Minnesota Timberwolves that will take place next October 6 at Abdi Ipekci Sports Hall of Istanbul, Turkey.
The official press conference welcomed the arrival of the NBA to Turkey for the first time as the Turksih fans will be able to witness a clash between their favorite local team and the Timberwolves. The conference, which was part broadcast live by NTV, also announced that tickets are now on sale and can be purchased on-line through the website www.biletix.com with prices ranging from 15 - 75 YTL.
The speakers included Tuncay Ozilhan, President of Efes Pilsen Sports Club who spoke of his delight at welcoming the NBA team to Istanbul and how he was looking forward to Efes Pilsen competing against them on home soil. Turgay Demirel, President of the Turkish Basketball Federation also spoke of what the game would mean for basketball in Turkey.
Jordi Bertomeu, CEO of Euroleague Basketball, who was also at the conference, spoke of what a great team Efes Pilsen is and how he was looking forward to the game in a country that is so passionate about basketball. Efes Pilsen Legend Tamer Oyguç echoed Bertomeu and was clearly excited about the game.
Peter Fink, NBA Vice President Events and Attractions said "The Minnesota Timberwolves are a very exciting young team and they are looking forward to being the first NBA team to play in Istanbul in front of the basketball-loving fans here." He also spoke of how the Timberwolves would not only be in Istanbul for the game but that they would be spending a week of their training camp in the city. However the game was definitely on everyone’s minds and NBA Legend Darryl Dawkins summed it up “Efes Pilsen want to win the game, but so do we! So you had all better sit tight on your seats because it’s going to be a great game.”
After the press conference Darryl Dawkins took part in a basketball clinic for around 100 children from Efes Pilsen Sport Clubs’ grassroots program at the Efes Pilsen training facility. The children put Dawkins through his paces and were all thrilled to be coached by the NBA Legend. It gave them a taste of what is to come.
About the NBA
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About Electronic Arts
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About Euroleague Basketball
Europe's premier basketball competition, Euroleague Basketball S.L, was founded in 2000 under a private organizational model that is considered a breakthrough for European professional team sports. The competition features 24 clubs from 12 or more countries per season and crowns its' Champion each spring at the Euroleague Final Four, one of the signature events of European sports. The 2006 - 2007 Euroleague Final Four will take place in Athens, Greece, May 4 - 6. Basketball in Europe has experienced spectacular growth in recent years, along with the development of Euroleague Basketball. In just six years, Euroleague Basketball has consolidated a competition of the highest sporting level, has introduced the concept of a professional league to Europe and has expanded its television reach beyond Europe, where 100 percent of all Euroleague Basketball games were televised in 2005-06, reaching coverage in all the five continents for the 2006-07 season.