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Hornets NBA Global Games China 2015 Fact Sheet

Hornets to Participate in Global Games China 2015

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  • The Hornets will play two preseason games vs. the Los Angeles Clippers as part of NBA Global Games China 2015
  • Game 1: Sunday, Oct. 11 in Shenzhen at  Shenzhen Universiade Center
  • Game 2: Wednesday, Oct. 14 in Shanghai at the Mercedes-Benz Arena
  • The Oct. 11 game will be the NBA’s first game ever in Shenzhen
  • The games in China will be part of NBA Global Games 2015, with additional games announced at a later date
  • The announcement was made earlier today (Wednesday, March 25) in Shenzhen with NBA China CEO David Shoemaker, Deputy Director of Shenzhen Municipal Bureau of Culture, Sports and Tourism Ke Gangming and eight-time NBA All-Star and NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo
  • This is the Hornets first trip to China
  • This is the second time that the Hornets have played preseason games overseas: Oct. 18, 1994 vs. Golden State in Paris and Oct. 21, 1994 vs. Buckler Bologna in Bologna, Italy


  • In 2004, the NBA became the first American professional sports league to compete in China, with two exhibition games between the Houston Rockets and the Sacramento Kings in Shanghai and Beijing 
  • Following NBA Global Games China 2015, the NBA will have played 20 games in Greater China since 2004 
  • The NBA is the most popular sports league in China, and basketball is the nation’s number one team sport, with 300 million people playing the game
  • The NBA is the most followed sports league on social media in China; almost 100 million on Tencent and Sina
  • NBA and Tencent just announced the largest digital partnership in league history in China
    • Record number of live games and content delivered on PCs and mobile devices to hundreds of millions of daily users on Tencent
    • Tencent to launch first-ever NBA LEAGUE PASS and NBA Game Time App
    • Thirteen media partners in China provide fans with unprecedented access to NBA games and content through TV, Smart TVs, tablets, PCs and mobile devices
    • Since 2004, NBA Cares has built 46 spaces where children and families can live, learn or play and supported more than 100 community outreach initiatives

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