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Yao Ming, Rockets headed to China for preseason games. Nets get to tag along.

Aug 4, 2010, 11:05 AM EST

Thumbnail image for NBA_ming.jpgFans in China have stayed up in the middle of the night to watch Yao Ming play for the Houston Rockets. And at the same time vote for the rest of the Rockets to be on the All-Star Team, whether they deserved it or not.

Now, they finally get to see him play live.

The Houston Rockets and New Jersey Nets will play two preseason games in China –Oct. 13 in Beijing at the new arena built in that city for the Olympics, then again Oct. 16 at the Guangzhou International Sports Arena. While there the two teams will do other events to promote the sport with the Chinese Basketball Association.

The NBA has been going to China for years now, but the Rockets and Yao have not been since 2004.

In trying to grow the game internationally, the NBA has had a special eye on the fast-growing (and massive) market in China. Bringing Yao back home to play will certainly create a huge buzz there. (This game and these teams may have been selected before the Nets traded China’s Yi Jianlian to the Wizards this summer.)

The Nets are really going to get some passport stamps this season. China in October then in March they will play two regular-season games in London.

  1. JoeSixPack - Aug 4, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    Ummm – NBA Marketing Department? Can this under-paid marketing consultant get a well paying gig with you guys?
    Why wouldn’t you be sending Yao and the Rockets over there EVERY preseason?
    Keep in mind, there’s a BILLION people in China. That means that over there, if you’re a one in a million kindof person there’s still a thousand more just like you.
    That’s a lot. Hope you can squeeze this visit in before Yao retires.
    Meanwhile, in the future when a team signs a mildly talented 7 foot 6 guy from India, look me up. The Admins here can give you my email.
    Thanks. Have a nice day.

  2. johnmaine - Aug 4, 2010 at 11:48 AM

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  3. Confucius - Aug 4, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    Ummmm…NBA Marketing Department; I don’t believe for one New Jersey minute that this event was organized before the Nets sent Yi Jianlian to DC Chinatown. Why is the announcement today if it was done before the trade? Yi Jianlian is from Guangzhou and it just makes sense to have both Chinese players in the NBA playing in the motherland. There would have been added excitement with the Wizards featuring the #1 draft pick as well. While I’m fixing the NBA’s mistakes, I would like to add that Miami at Cleveland should have been the first Christmas Day game followed by Boston at Lakers. Feel free to contact me after you fire the knucklehead who messed up the NBA’s schedule. Give the Chinese what they want and give NBA fans the Christmas morning present we wanted.

  4. LogicMan - Aug 4, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    You might want to see Miami at Cleveland live if you were there to boo LeBron.
    As a fan of good basketball, I am not looking forward to this game itself as I figure it to be totally lopsided play wise. Not a big Lebron fan but this will be the one game that Lebron and the rest of the HEAT have circled on their calendar. They will make a point of spanking Cleveland.
    I also think the HEAT will make a point of emphasis to beat Toronto so they can show their support for Chris Bosh.

  5. LogicMan - Aug 4, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    You might want to see Miami at Cleveland live if you were there to boo LeBron.
    As a fan of good basketball, I am not looking forward to this game itself as I figure it to be totally lopsided play wise. Not a big Lebron fan but this will be the one game that Lebron and the rest of the HEAT have circled on their calendar. They will make a point of spanking Cleveland.
    I also think the HEAT will make a point of emphasis to beat Toronto so they can show their support for Chris Bosh.

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