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signoftimes
06-02-2003, 12:34 PM
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NBA schedules games in China
From the Sports Desk
Published 6/2/2003 12:09 PM
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NEW YORK, June 2 (UPI) -- The NBA strengthened its ties to China on Monday when it announced preseason games will be played in Shanghai and Beijing in October 2004.

The league reiterated its commitment to support the development and growth of basketball in Asia, despite many sporting events being moved from that area because of the outbreak of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

"We are excited about scheduling our first NBA exhibition games in China," said NBA Commissioner David Stern. "China has been our fastest growing global market, and with the extraordinary success of Yao Ming, we anticipate the development of more elite players as the 2008 Beijing Olympics approach."

Details and specific dates were not announced.

The NBA has had increasing presence in China, establishing offices in Hong Kong and Beijing as well as holding clinics and player tours. The connection dates to the 1978-79 season, when the NBA champion Washington Bullets (now the Washington Wizards), traveled to China to play two exhibition games against the Chinese National Team.

The association continued when Yao was drafted by the Houston Rockets with the No. 1 pick in the 2002 draft.

"We recognize that the NBA is committed to bring the action and excitement of the very best basketball in the world to the growing contingent of basketball fans throughout China," said Sun Kanglin, the Director of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Sports.

"We are proud to bring home Yao Ming, and we extend our most sincere welcome to the Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings to Shanghai," said the President of the Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Sports, Jin Guoxiang.

In addition to the two games in China in 2004, the NBA also announced its international preseason schedule for October 2003.

Dallas and Utah will square off in Mexico City, Mexico on Oct. 5; Miami will battle Philadelphia in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Oct. 7; San Antonio will face Memphis in Paris on Oct. 6; and Memphis will visit FC Barcelona on Oct. 10.

In addition, the Los Angeles Clippers and Seattle will open their 2003-2004 regular season with two games at Saitama Super Arena in Japan on Oct. 30 and Nov. 1.

The rest of the 2003-04 preseason and regular season schedules will be announced at a later date.





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mavsfanforever
06-02-2003, 06:42 PM
Originally posted by: signoftimes
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NBA schedules games in China
From the Sports Desk
Published 6/2/2003 12:09 PM
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NEW YORK, June 2 (UPI) -- The NBA strengthened its ties to China on Monday when it announced preseason games will be played in Shanghai and Beijing in October 2004.

The league reiterated its commitment to support the development and growth of basketball in Asia, despite many sporting events being moved from that area because of the outbreak of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

"We are excited about scheduling our first NBA exhibition games in China," said NBA Commissioner David Stern. "China has been our fastest growing global market, and with the extraordinary success of Yao Ming, we anticipate the development of more elite players as the 2008 Beijing Olympics approach."

Details and specific dates were not announced.

The NBA has had increasing presence in China, establishing offices in Hong Kong and Beijing as well as holding clinics and player tours. The connection dates to the 1978-79 season, when the NBA champion Washington Bullets (now the Washington Wizards), traveled to China to play two exhibition games against the Chinese National Team.

The association continued when Yao was drafted by the Houston Rockets with the No. 1 pick in the 2002 draft.

"We recognize that the NBA is committed to bring the action and excitement of the very best basketball in the world to the growing contingent of basketball fans throughout China," said Sun Kanglin, the Director of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Sports.

"We are proud to bring home Yao Ming, and we extend our most sincere welcome to the Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings to Shanghai," said the President of the Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Sports, Jin Guoxiang.

In addition to the two games in China in 2004, the NBA also announced its international preseason schedule for October 2003.

Dallas and Utah will square off in Mexico City, Mexico on Oct. 5; Miami will battle Philadelphia in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Oct. 7; San Antonio will face Memphis in Paris on Oct. 6; and Memphis will visit FC Barcelona on Oct. 10.

In addition, the Los Angeles Clippers and Seattle will open their 2003-2004 regular season with two games at Saitama Super Arena in Japan on Oct. 30 and Nov. 1.

The rest of the 2003-04 preseason and regular season schedules will be announced at a later date.





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Good we can buy tickets thru Ticketmaster for cheap now.