Clippers to hold training camp in Moscow

Updated: December 13, 2005, 6:24 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers will hold training camp in Moscow next fall before playing exhibition games against two of Russia's top teams.

The NBA announced Tuesday that the Clippers will join the San Antonio Spurs, Phoenix Suns and Philadelphia 76ers in NBA Europe Live 2006, a series of exhibition games in seven European cities.

The Clippers will train at the Universal Sports Hall CSKA before playing CSKA Moscow and Unics Kazan in exhibition games Oct. 6 and 8.

This will be the second time an NBA team has played in Russia. The Atlanta Hawks played in the former Soviet Union in 1988 when they toured Russia, Lithuania and Georgia.

"We are honored to open training camp and represent the NBA by playing two exhibition games in Moscow next year," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said.

This will be the first trip to Europe for the Clippers, who have played games in Japan and Mexico. Clippers forward Yaroslav Korolev is one of five players in the NBA from Russia and played for CSKA Moscow during the 2004-05 season.

"I think this is a great opportunity for the fans in Russia to see an NBA team and how the American game is played," Korolev said. "I am very excited because I get to play at home and show my teammates a place that most of them have never been to."


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