Knicks to play Pistons in London on Jan. 17

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler will return to London early next year -- and this time, they'll bring their Knicks teammates along for the ride.

The NBA announced on Thursday that the Knicks will square off against the Pistons in a regular-season game on Jan. 17 at The O2 arena. It will be a nice treat (and reunion of sorts) for Knicks coach Mike Woodson, who was a Detroit assistant when the Pistons won the championship in 2004.

"I am excited to show our great fans in London what New York basketball is about," he said in a statement. "For Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler to return to the city where they helped Team USA win the gold makes it even more special for our team."

Woodson also commented about the opportunity after practice on Thursday.

"I think it's a nice mixture," he said. "It'll give us a chance to change the pace a little bit. I haven't done that as a coach before, so I'm kind of looking forward to it."

The matchup marks the third regular-season game played in London. In March 2011, the Nets played two games against the Raptors at The O2, and both sold out.

Tickets will go on sale on Oct. 30 at www.theo2.co.uk.

"London was the epicenter of global sports this summer, and the Olympics were a tremendous showcase for basketball," NBA commissioner David Stern said in a statement. "Playing our third regular-season game in the city in three years and having historic franchises, like the Knicks and Pistons, serve as our ambassadors provide extraordinary opportunities to further the game's growth and development in the UK and throughout Europe."

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