The National Basketball Association announced Tuesday afternoon that the Orlando Magic will be participating in the NBA Mexico City games on Dec. 13th and Dec. 15th against the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz, respectively. Orlando will be the host team in each contest against the Bulls and Jazz.

“Having played in England twice, Japan, China, Mexico and Brazil, the Orlando Magic are always honored to participate in the NBA’s Global Games and look forward to again representing the Central Florida community and the NBA,’’ Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins said. “From our previous experience of playing in Mexico City, we know the passion of the fans and look forward to this amazing opportunity.’’

The two games, which will be broadcast live by ESPN and on NBA League Pass International, will mark the NBA’s 27th and 28th games in Mexico since 1992, according to the release by the league.

Orlando is coming off a season in which saw in the aftermath the firing of Frank Vogel and the hiring of former Charlotte Hornets’ head coach Steve Clifford. The Magic have the pieces to compete in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, with players like Evan Fournier, Jonathan IsaacAaron Gordon and Mo Bamba.

“Returning to Mexico City for two regular-season games this season reinforces our commitment to growing basketball in Mexico and Latin America,’’ NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in the release. “NBA teams have been playing in Mexico for more than 25 years, and the Bulls, Jazz and Magic organizations are excited to continue the tradition of bringing the live game experience to our passionate Mexican fans.’’

Also in addition to the couple of games, players, coaches and front office executives from the Magic, Bulls and Jazz will take part in a variety of NBA Cares community outreach initiatives, Jr. NBA events and interactive fan activities, according to the release.

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Andy Villamarzo has covered high school and youth sports for the Tampa Bay Times and The Tampa Tribune as a correspondent since 2008. He is a native of Holiday, FL, who graduated from Gulf High School and studied at St. Petersburg College. He has covered various prep, collegiate and professional athletes throughout his writing career, including Josh Johnson (Jacksonville Jaguars), Patrick Schuster (Arizona Diamondbacks) and currently writes for other publications like The Suncoast News, Friday Night Football Magazine and TopDrawerSoccer.com.

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