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Wizards to play Bulls in preseason game in Brazil next year

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The Washington Wizards will make history next preseason when they travel to Rio de Janeiro to face the Chicago Bulls, the team announced. The game will be the first-ever preseason contest played in Brazil and is part of the NBA's Global Games initiative.

Nene's presence on the team made Brazil an obvious spot for the Wizards to play.

"It was very nice news and it's a huge step for South America basketbal to represent my team and my Wizards," Nene said, via Monumental Network.

This is one of eight preseason games that will be played overseas next season. The full list is as follows:

2013-14 NBA Global Games Schedule:

GAMES

DATE

LOCATION

ARENA

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul

Oct. 5

Istanbul, Turkey

Ulker Sports Arena

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Uxue Bilbao Basket

Oct. 6

Bilbao, Spain

Bizkaia Arena at the BEC

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Oct. 8

Manchester, England

Manchester Arena

Houston Rockets vs. Indiana Pacers

Oct. 10

Manila, Philippines

Mall of Asia Arena

Houston Rockets vs. Indiana Pacers

Oct. 13

Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei Arena

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards

Oct. 12

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

HSBC Arena

Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Oct. 15

Beijing, China

MasterCard Center

Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Oct. 18

Shanghai, China

Mercedes-Benz Arena