- CNTV English - CCTV News

Raptors return home to face Pacers as the most diverse team in NBA

12-29-2011 14:38 BJT

TORONTO, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- Prior to their regular season home opener against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, the Toronto Raptors officially became the most international team to start the season.

The Raptors squad feature seven players from seven different countries: Solomon Alabi (Nigeria), Leandro Barbosa (Brazil), Andrea Bargnani (Italy), Jose Calderon (Spain), Gary Forbes (Panama), Linas Kleiza (Lithuania), and Jamaal Magloire (Canada).

During Wednesday's 85-90 loss to the Pacers, five of the seven foreign-born players suited up for the game with Alabi and Kleiza not dressed. Of the five players, Andrea Bargnani played a team-high 31 minutes with 21 points, five assists and four rebounds.

Behind the Raptors are the Cleveland Cavaliers with six players and the Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs, whom all have five.

Presently, 28 of 30 teams employ at least one foreign-born player. Only Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Clippers have no foreign-born players.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program