Capitanes de la CDMX, first Latin American team to participate in the NBA G-League

Captains of Mexico City will be in the NBA G-League. Photo: Courtesy

The NBA has always been characterized as a league that breaks boundaries, always seeking to expand and reach more people throughout the world.

The affiliation of the Capitanes de Mexico City team in the NBA Development League (NBA G-League), occurred in 2019, announcing that its debut would be until the 2021 season, a case that did not occur either, due to restrictions by COVID-19.

The team is putting together conscientiously, knowing that it represents a great challenge to compete in that league, so they have hired experienced people. Such is the case of Nick Lagios, who was former director of sports operations for the Los Angeles Lakers affiliate in the development league, the South Bay Lakers, and who will take over as Captains General Manager.

However, everything seems to indicate that the moment of seeing a Mexican team compete in an American league for the first time is closer than ever.

According to information from Shams Charania of The Athletic, the CDMX Captains will participate in the 2021-2022 season in the NBA G-League, becoming the first Latin American team to compete in said competition.

Despite the good news for Mexican basketball, the club announced that unfortunately they will carry out all their matches in the United States, this, due to the contingency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which is still in force, and maintains the restrictions regarding to international travel.

In a post on the team’s social media, they shared a statement in which they explained the following:

“Our adventure in the NBA G League will begin outside of Mexico, we will play all the games of the next tournament in the United States and away from our people. Safeguarding the health of players, fans, and everyone in the NBA G League is paramount to us. Added to that, the existing international travel restrictions due to COVID-19 have made this the most prudent decision for us, ”it reads.

Although the beginning of the Capitanes in the NBA G-League will be in the United States, this is still a great step for the NBA, which continues to explore the possibilities of having a franchise in the future outside the United States (and Candá ), as well as for the growth of Mexican basketball and its fans.

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