A young Warriors star is in China promoting the game of basketball. Sound familiar? After Klay Thompson joined NBA Nation in Xi'an and Chengdu earlier this summer, Harrison Barnes has partnered with the global tour and will be in China until next week.
NBA Nation is nearing the conclusion of its 12-city tour through China that allows fans the chance to enjoy basketball contests, interact with NBA players and pose for pictures with the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy. And over the last week, Barnes has hosted an NBA FIT Clinic and showed some youth some basketball pointers.
For Barnes, and other players who have served as ambassadors for the league, the trip has served as a promotional vehicle for basketball as the NBA becomes more of a global game. He has been exposed to a brand new culture and brand new fans, many of whom are now sporting #WarriorsGround T-Shirts thanks to Barnes' generosity.
Not only is the trip allowing him to take part in a number of basketball activities, but he's also signing autographs, interacting with fans and in the process he's being exposed to part of the world that he has never seen before. Barnes is soaking in as much as he can from his China travels, and he even visited a family's home to deliver tickets to a Warriors preseason game in China.
Yes, the Warriors will return to China in October for the NBA's 2013 Global Games. They'll play two preseason games against the Lakers, in Beijing on Oct. 15 and in Shanghai on Oct. 18. That trip will end the Warriors' 2013 tour of the country, one that has included separate visits by Barnes, Thompson and the Warrior Girls.
The relationship between the Warriors and China will continue to grow after the NBA's preseason. The team has hosted Chinese exchange students at Warriors Basketball Camps for the past five years, and basketball, and the NBA in particular, continues to grow in popularity in the most heavily populated Asian country. And since the Warriors are a team that is widely considered to be on the up-and-up, this relationship figures to only blossom in the near and distant future.