The first game of four this week between Euroleague Basketball and NBA teams is ready to tip off tonight in New York, where Fenerbahce Istanbul is paying a visit to the Brooklyn Nets. The first of two exhibitions in the United States for Fenerbahce comes as part of the 2015 Euroleague Basketball World Tour and tips off at 19:30 local time (01:30 CET on Tuesday). Apart from playing the Nets at Barclays Center, Fenerbahce pays a visit to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday at 19:00 local time (02:00 CET on Saturday).
This is the ninth year of official preseason games between Euroleague Basketball and NBA, and the fourth consecutive season Fenerbahce competes against the NBA teams. However, it's Fenerbahce's first test as a visiting team in the U.S. In its previous meetings against NBA teams, all of them played in Istanbul, Fenerbahce defeated the Boston Celtics in 2012, then fell to both the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2013 and the San Antonio Spurs last year.
A six-time Turkish League champion, Fenerbahce is a multi-sports club more than 100 years old with a fan base of millions. Since the 1950s, club has been winning national titles and competing in Europe's top competitions. Since 2006, Fenerbahce has since won five domestic titles in eight seasons, as well as three additional national cup trophies. In the Euroleague, Fenerbahce made history last season reaching its first-ever Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four.