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The NBA is heading again to China subsequent 12 months. The league has introduced that the NBA China Video games will happen through the 2018 preseason, marking the 25th and 26th video games the league will play in China relationship again to 2004.

This time round, the NBA is sending two groups to China which have by no means performed within the nation earlier than: The Philadelphia 76ers and the Dallas Mavericks. Recreation one will happen on October 5, when the 2 sides will sq. off in Shanghai on the Mercedes-Benz Enviornment. Three days later, the groups will play in Shenzhen on the Shenzhen Universiade Heart, the identical place the place the collection of video games had been introduced on Tuesday by NBA China CEO David Shoemaker and Director of the Longgang Municipal Bureau of Tradition, Sports activities and Tourism Liu Deping.

“After I performed within the 2008 Beijing Olympics, I witnessed China’s enthusiasm for basketball firsthand,” Mavericks ahead Dirk Nowitzki mentioned in a press release. “It is going to be a incredible expertise for our franchise to play in China for the primary time. We’re additionally enthusiastic about the potential for reconnecting with two nice Chinese language gamers who performed for the Mavericks, Wang Zhizhi and Yi Jianlian.”

“Getting an opportunity to play everywhere in the world has at all times been a dream of mine and I’m excited to play in China in October,” Sixers guard/ahead Ben Simmons mentioned. “I do know the followers there are enthusiastic about basketball and I’m actually wanting ahead to the journey to Shanghai and Shenzhen.”

The Sixers gained each matchups in opposition to the Mavericks through the 2017-18 common season. Earlier than that kicked off, the Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves participated within the NBA China Video games in 2017, with the 2 groups splitting the collection.

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