The NBA announced five games will be played that month in five different cities in four countries around the globe. Additionally, regular season games will also be part of the NBA Global Games 2014 schedule, but those will be announced at a later date.
"As the passion for the game continues to grow globally we are focused on finding unique and meaningful ways to connect with fans worldwide, and the NBA Global Games are part of those efforts," said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. "Basketball brings people together across cultural and geographic lines, and these games are a great opportunity for our fans to experience the excitement of the NBA first-hand."
The NBA press release notes that "along with the oncourt action, NBA Global Games 2014 will feature a variety of off-the-court activities, including NBA Cares community programs and interactive fan events in each city. The games will also be supported by a variety of marketing and merchandising partners, and will be available to fans globally on television, digital, and social media."
The Heat game against LeBron James' first team represents the second-ever NBA game to be played in South America.
The San Antonio Spurs will open the schedule with two games in Europe, first against eight-time German champions Alba Berlin on Oct. 8 in Germany at O2 World Berlin. San Antonio will then travel to Istanbul, Turkey to take on five-time Turkish champions Fenerbahçe Ülker Istanbul at the Ülker Sports Arena.
After the Heat vs Cavs game, the Brooklyn Nets and the Sacramento Kings will play on Oct. 12 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China then travel to Beijing for a game on Oct. 15 at the MasterCard Center.