According to an official statement released by the league on Monday afternoon, the NBA will be taking their game overseas while continuing their string of NBA Global Games. As a result, the league will be taking the Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves to China during the 2017-18 preseason.
The tandem of Western Conference franchises will be facing off on Oct. 5 in Shenzhen at the Shenzhen Universiade Centre while running it back for a rematch in Shanghai at the Mercedes-Benz Arena on Oct. 8. It is also worth noting that Golden State will now be heading to China for the third time overall as their counterpart in the Timberwolves will be making their way to China for the very first time.
“We are committed to bringing live NBA games to our passionate and growing fanbase in China,” said NBA commissioner Adam Silver. “Beyond the action on the court, these visits allow our teams and players to experience a different culture and bond with one another through community service, fan events and involvement in the local community.”
The Warriors previously played in China in both 2008 and 2013. However, once the 2017 NBA Global Games in China concludes, 14 NBA franchises will have played 24 games in all in the Greater China area since 2004. Games will have taken place in Beijing, Guangzhou, Macao, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Taipei along the way.
“NBA Global Games China 2017 will feature a variety of fan activities, including the sixth annual Fan Appreciation Day presented by Dongfeng Nissan on Oct. 7 in Shanghai, which will provide thousands of fans with the opportunity to participate in oncourt games and watch the Warriors and Timberwolves practice,” reads the NBA’s official statement from Monday afternoon. “In addition to Fan Appreciation Day, the league and its partners will conduct NBA Cares community events in both cities.”