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Basketball is growing by leaps and bounds in Mexico

Three months after the return of the NBA to Mexico with the regular season game between San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heatthe General Director of th


Three months after the return of the to Mexico with the regular season game between San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heatthe General Director of the , spoke about the place that Mexico occupies for the best basketball league, the importance of having Captains in the G-Leagueand the development of sport in the country.

When asked about the impact that the Mexican fan has in the most important basketball league in the world, Zárraga was clear: “We have 30 million fans. It is 20 percent more than in 2021, and excluding China and the United States, Mexico is in the top 5 from countries with the greatest presence in NBA social networks” added Raúl.

The creation of ‘NBA Academy’ In San Luis Potosí, in addition to the installation of fields sponsored by the league itself, programs and camps with more than 27,000 coaches, they have helped the sport grow to the point of making it the second most practiced, behind soccer.

Another factor is the expansion of the Capitanes de la Ciudad de México to the G-League, the development league of the NBA. “This is the first time any US league has extended outside of the US and Canada. Captains now not only represents a city, it represents a country.” Zarraga commented.

“Before we brought two NBA games, now we want to offer the same emotion but instead of one, with 24 games for the Capitanes in the G League. It is something never seen before, it is historical” he added.

The importance of Captains in the NBA development league could be seen in the future. “Juan Toscano he did not have a Capitanes in Mexico that could have been his springboard. Today, 25 percent of players in the NBA are international. That is why we focus on bringing out Mexican talent” concluded the General Director of the NBA in Mexico.

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