NBL to blitz Victoria's Latrobe Valley

The NBL has revealed its clubs will play eight games in Victoria's Latrobe Valley ahead of the season opener on October 5.

Dubbed the 'NBL Blitz', the teams will also conduct basketball clinics and visit schools across the region between September 7-9 after partnering with the Victorian Government to promote the upcoming season.

NBL chief executive Jeremy Loeliger said the Blitz was crucial in showcasing the league to a wider audience.

"This is an exciting time for the NBL and we are excited about the opportunity to host the Blitz in the Latrobe Valley," said Loeliger.

"This is a great way to showcase the League to regional Victoria but also engage with local communities ahead of the start of our 40th anniversary season in October."

Wheelchair basketball matches will also be played at halftime, with Member for Eastern Victoria Region Harriet Shing MP saying the Gippsland community will benefit from Australia's best basketballers visiting the area.

"Communities, clubs, schools and teams are all helping to shape this record investment in sporting facilities, events and programs across the Latrobe Valley region, and the benefits for our health, economic growth and local pride are enormous," she said.

The following matches will take place at the Traralgon Basketball Centre:

- Melbourne United v Illawarra Hawks, September 7, 5.30pm
- Cairns Taipans v New Zealand, September 7, 8pm
- Perth Wildcats v Adelaide 36ers, September 8, 5.30pm
- Sydney Kings v Brisbane Bullets, September 8, 8pm
- Cairns Taipans v Illawarra Hawks, September 9, 11.30am
- Brisbane Bullets v Adelaide 36ers, September 9, 2pm
- Melbourne United v Sydney Kings, September 9, 5pm
- Perth Wildcats v New Zealand Breakers, September 9, 7.30pm

Four games will also be played in Melbourne on Sunday, September 10.
- Melbourne United v Perth Wildcats, State Basketball Centre, 2pm
- Sydney Kings v Illawarra Hawks, Kilsyth, 2pm
- Cairns Taipans v Brisbane Bullets, Werribee, 2pm
- New Zealand Breakers v Adelaide 36ers, Whittlesea