NBA Game In Mexico City Postponed Because Of Smoke In Arena

The NBA hasn't played a game in Mexico for 16 years.
Posted at 2:15 PM, Dec 05, 2013

The NBA hasn't played a game in Mexico for 16 years, and considering the way this one went, it might be another decade before it tries again.

"The Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs were supposed to play in Mexico City last night, but a problem with the generator sent smoke billowing into the arena last night." (Via WHDH)

Before fans made it into the stadium, almost an hour before tip off, smoke filled Mexico City's brand-new arena.

The players were evacuated shortly after the smoke appeared. (Via Instagram / tweetdavebenz)

The unfortunate cancellation of the game comes after two days of major events around the city, including this game against a Mexican youth team that won an international tournament in October. (Via YouTube / laaficion)

ESPN NBA analyst Tim Legler says the real loser here are the people of Mexico City who haven't seen an NBA game on their side of the border for more than a decade.

"Tough situation for the fans of Mexico City and for people all over Mexico. ... This was a big, big deal. State-of-the-art stadium and you have something like this happen. I feel bad for all parties involved." (Via ESPN)

But one Fox Sports writer argues the NBA pulled the trigger far too quickly and didn't give the people of Mexico City a fair shot. 

"The game was called only 15 minutes after scheduled start time. What's the harm in starting the game an hour later? ... It seems like the NBA didn't do Mexico City any justice and there was very little, if any, effort involved in trying to have the game go on. ... it also helped make Mexico City a target of ridicule." (Via Fox Sports)

The game between the T-Wolves and San Antonio will be rescheduled for a later date but a little farther north this time — in Minnesota's home arena, the Target Center.