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Yao, Rockets to play Nets twice in 2010 China Games

By Official Release
Posted Aug 4 2010 3:58PM

BEIJING -- NBA China Games 2010 will feature the Houston Rockets playing two games against the New Jersey Nets in Beijing and Guangzhou this October, the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Sport, and the Guangzhou Sports Bureau announced today.

NBA China Games 2010 will mark the homecoming of Houston Rockets All-Star Yao Ming and the debut of the state-of-the-art Guangzhou International Sports Arena. This will be the NBA's fifth set of preseason games in China.

The Rockets and Nets will tip off on Oct. 13 in Beijing at the 17,012-seat Wukesong Arena, and will meet again on Oct. 16 at the 17,773-seat Guangzhou International Sports Arena. This will be the third consecutive year the NBA will play a game at the state-of-the-art Wukesong Arena, home to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The following partners will conduct comprehensive marketing programs throughout China in conjunction with NBA China Games 2010: adidas, Mengniu, Lenovo and Tsingtao Beer. Everbright Bank will conduct promotions around the game in Beijing. Both games will be televised live on China's national network, CCTV 5, and on Guangdong TV Sports Channel.

"This event will give our great fans in China an authentic NBA experience with two live games in state-of-the-art arenas," said NBA China CEO Tim Chen. "We will work closely with the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), the local basketball associations, and all of our partners in China to create events and basketball development programs that will reach fans well beyond the games."

"We would like to welcome both NBA teams, the Rockets and Nets, to Beijing and Guangzhou. China has been successful in cultivating basketball talent and we are committed to working with the NBA to create more youth basketball development and coaching programs," said Chinese Basketball Association Executive Vice President and Secretary General Xin Lancheng. "We hope these programs foster cultural exchange, increase basketball participation, and elevate the next generation of Chinese basketball players to even greater levels."

The Rockets have a talented roster surrounding Yao, including Aaron Brooks, winner of the 2009-10 NBA Most Improved Player Award presented by Kia Motors, high-scoring guard Kevin Martin, and former NBA champion Trevor Ariza. Rockets owner Leslie Alexander, who played an integral role in making the inaugural NBA China Games happen in 2004, is bringing his team back to compete in their second NBA China Games.

The Nets roster currently features NBA All-Star Devin Harris; Derrick Favors, the third overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft; and center Brook Lopez, who was named to the T-Mobile NBA All-Rookie first team in 2009. The Nets recently named Avery Johnson -- the 2005-06 NBA Coach of the Year and an NBA Champion as a player with the San Antonio Spurs -- as their new head coach. Under new owner Mikhail Prokhorov, the Nets will be competing in NBA China Games for the first time. Prokhorov is the first majority owner of an NBA team from outside North America.

"The game between the Rockets and Nets will generate tremendous excitement in Beijing and give fans a chance to enjoy live NBA action," said Beijing Municipal Bureau of Sport Director General Li Yingchuan. "The Wukesong Arena will enhance the experience for fans and further cement the venue as a premiere destination for live sports and entertainment."

"NBA China Games 2010 will be a great event and Yao Ming's first NBA game in Guangzhou will be a great moment for the city," said Guangzhou Sports Bureau Director General Liu Jiangnan. "We can't wait to unveil the newly developed Guangzhou International Sports Arena and the game between the Rockets and Nets will be just the first of many live events coming to Guangzhou."

NBA China Games 2010 will consist of many activities for fans in addition to the games, including NBA Cares community events, interactive fan events, basketball development programs, player appearances, and a variety of fan promotions conducted by the league's marketing, merchandise, television, and digital partners.

In 2004, the NBA became the first American professional sports league to play games in China, with two games between the Rockets and the Sacramento Kings in Shanghai and Beijing. NBA China Games 2007 featured three games between the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Orlando Magic, and the Team China All-Stars in Shanghai and Macao. NBA China Games 2008 featured the Milwaukee Bucks and Golden State Warriors playing in Guangzhou and Beijing and. Last October, the NBA game in Beijing featured the Denver Nuggets and the Indiana Pacers.

With the announcement of NBA China Games 2010, the NBA has committed to play a total of seven preseason games outside the United States and Canada this October. The Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and New York Knicks will play in Barcelona, London, Milan, and Paris as part of NBA Europe Live presented by EA SPORTS"!, while the San Antonio Spurs will play the Los Angeles Clippers in Mexico City for NBA Mexico Game 2010 presented by HP. To date, the NBA has staged a total of 98 games outside of the U.S. and Canada in 32 cities in 17 countries and territories.

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