The National Basketball Association (NBA), New York, announced that it will feature two preseason games in Shenzhen and Shanghai, China this October between the Charlotte Hornets and the Los Angeles Clippers.
“We are delighted to have two young and talented teams in the Clippers and Hornets showcase the best NBA basketball to our fans in China,” says NBA China CEO David Shoemaker. “We thank the Chinese Basketball Association and the cities of Shenzhen and Shanghai for their support as we continue to work with them to get more boys and girls to play and enjoy basketball and to grow the game in China.”
This is the latest scheduled event in the NBA Global Games 2015 series, and the first game will be played at the Shenzhen Universiade Center in Shenzhen, the city’s first ever NBA game, on Oct. 11. The rematch will take place Oct. 14 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai.
“Basketball is more popular than ever, and Global Games China 2015 is part of our ongoing commitment to growing the game in the world’s most populous nation,” says NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “These games will not only bring the excitement of NBA action directly to Chinese fans, but will also provide the league another opportunity to experience the rich history and culture of China.”
NBA Global Games China 2015 will feature several off-court activities including NBA Cares, and the games will be available for viewing on television, digital and social media.
For more information, visit www.nba.com/global. — J.B.