The Phoenix Suns released their 2013 preseason schedule, and the most intriguing game might be their first.
The Suns host a Maccabi Haifa squad out of Israel in U.S. Airways Center on Oct. 7. There’s been a bit of roster turnover for Haifa this year after winning the Israeli championship over powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv, and American coach Brad Greenberg also has been replaced. The only recognizable name on the roster could be Sherwood Brown, the shooting guard who played for NCAA upstart Florida Gulf Coast last season.
After the opener, the Suns head to the re-branded Moda Center (formerly the Rose Garden) to face the Portland Trail Blazers. Then they play the defending Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs, the Los Angeles Clippers, Sacramento Kings, Oklahoma City Thunder and finish the preseason Oct. 23 against the Denver Nuggets.
2013 PHOENIX SUNS PRESEASON SCHEDULE
Mon., Oct. 7 vs. Maccabi Bazan Haifa, 7 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 9 at Portland Trail Blazers, 7 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 13 at San Antonio Spurs, 11:30 a.m.
Tue., Oct. 15 vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 7 p.m.
Thu., Oct. 17 at Sacramento Kings, 7 p.m.
Tue., Oct. 22 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 7 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 23 at Denver Nuggets, 6 p.m.
All times are Arizona local