ESPN’s NBA Preseason Schedule Includes First NBA Game in Seattle in 10 Years


ESPN’s NBA Preseason Schedule Includes First NBA Game in Seattle in 10 Years

Three Appearances Each by the Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James, and the Golden State Warriors and Kevin Durant

ESPN will nationally televise five NBA preseason games this fall, highlighted by the first NBA game to take place in Seattle, Wash. in 10 years. On Friday, Oct. 5, at 10:30 p.m. ET, Kevin Durant will return to Seattle where he his career started, when the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors take on the Sacramento Kings at KeyArena. 2018 marks the 10-year anniversary of the SuperSonics final season in Seattle before moving to Oklahoma City (following the 2007-08 season).

ESPN’s NBA preseason slate will begin on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 9:30 p.m. when the Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James host the Denver Nuggets and Isaiah Thomas at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, Calif. The Lakers and James will make three appearances on ESPN’s NBA preseason schedule, as will the Warriors and Durant. The five-game schedule concludes on Friday, Oct.12, when the Warriors and Lakers square off at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN2.

Full schedule:

Date Time (ET) Game Location Platform
Sun, Sept. 30 9:30 p.m. Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Lakers Valley View Casino Center,

San Diego, Calif.

Fri, Oct. 5 10:30 p.m. Sacramento Kings at Golden State Warriors KeyArena, Seattle, Wash. ESPN, ESPN App
Wed, Oct. 10 8 p.m. Indiana Pacers at Chicago Bulls United Center,

Chicago, Ill.

10:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers T-Mobile Arena,

Las Vegas, Nev.

Fri, Oct. 12 10:30 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors SAP Center,

San Jose, Calif.




Ben Cafardo

I lead communications strategy and execution for ESPN’s NBA, MLB, FIBA and Little League World Series properties. I’m also a proud consumer of all things ESPN.
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