For months now, we’ve heard pretty confirmed rumors that the Sacramento Kings would be playing preseason games in China come the 2014-15 season and today those reports were confirmed by the Kings themselves.
The Kings will play the Brooklyn Nets on October 12 in Shanghai (Mercedes-Benz Center) and October 15 in Beijing (MasterCard Center). The games are part of NBA Global Games, the league’s comprehensive international schedule that will include a total of five preseason games in four countries this October.
The Kings will join a handful of teams, including the Miami Heat, who will travel abroad to expand the NBA’s global reach.
It’s been ten years since the Kings and Houston Rockets traveled to China during the 2004 season and the Kings’ new emphasis on NBA 3.0 and global recognition certainly played a part in the scheduled trip.
Kings owner Vivek Ranadive commented on the upcoming excursion.
“We’re thrilled to bring the Kings experience back to our fans in China,” said Kings Majority Owner Vivek Ranadivé. “Over 300 million Chinese men and women play basketball so there’s huge potential to connect with new and existing fans. We’ll be volunteering in the community, as well as utilizing technology and social media to share our trip with Kings fans around the world. We look forward to playing the Brooklyn Nets, who share our philosophy that basketball is the preeminent global sport of the 21st century.”
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