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cin
09-26-2003, 02:07 PM
NBA mulls regular-season games in China


ASSOCIATED PRESS

BEIJING, Sept. 26 The NBA is considering playing regular-season games in China, where such stars as Yao Ming have boosted the popularity of the game.
The league will use preseason games planned for Beijing and Shanghai in October 2004 to test facilities and travel arrangements, Marc Fischer, the league's Hong Kong-based managing director for Asia, said Friday.
Fischer, who was in Beijing for promotional events, told The Associated Press a definite plan is not yet in place.
''A major factor is how teams feel about coming all this way,'' he said.
Yao, the center for the Houston Rockets, and other Chinese stars like Wang Zhizhi and Mengke Bateer have brought a surge of interest in basketball.
Chinese national TV shows two NBA games a week while fans in Shanghai, where Yao starred before joining the NBA, can see as many as six a week.
This year the NBA launched a Chinese-language Web site. The league also publishes a Chinese version of its official magazine and has a Beijing office.

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Wouldn't the jet lag put an awful lot of unnecessary wear & tear on the players during the season?

MFFL
09-26-2003, 02:44 PM
Wow that would be a tough road trip. And who would be giving up their home game?

Chiwas
09-26-2003, 03:21 PM
Originally posted by: MFFL
Wow that would be a tough road trip. And who would be giving up their home game?
Teams of the MLB do it very often with official games in Mexico.

Montreal played (I think) 22 home games in Puerto Rico this season.

But China is very far. They are going to have few NBA games there, if it happens.

MavsFanatik33
09-26-2003, 05:22 PM
I think this is a bad idea, it will just effect team's home games. They are just trying to reach out to the China fans, let Yao make a few appearances and leave it at that.