Thursday , Mar , 29 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

NBA headed back to China

Shanghai, China (Sports Network) – The National Basketball Association,
Chinese Basketball Association, the Shanghai Administration of Sports and the
Macao China Basketball Association announced at a press conference Thursday
that the NBA China Games will return this October.

NBA headed back to China

The Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers and the China men’s national team will be featured in three games during the event.

Dwight Howard’s Magic and LeBron James’ Cavaliers will open play for the event on October 17 in Shanghai at the Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena.

On October 18, Orlando will square off against the China men’s national team at the Venetian Arena in Macao, and the Magic and Cavs will close things out on October 20.

"The NBA has received tremendous support from the Chinese Basketball Association, the sports authorities of Shanghai and Macao, and the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel in order to bring NBA teams and competitions back to China," said NBA president of global business operations Heidi Ueberroth. "Our fans will get to see first hand exciting match-ups featuring some of the best young players in the NBA and in China. We are pleased to continue our efforts to grow the game with our partners in China."

The NBA China Games 2007 will be the league’s second trip to China. In 2004, the Rockets and Sacramento Kings played two preseason games in Shanghai and Beijing, as the NBA became the first American professional sports league to play games in China.