The National Basketball Association has said it will mark the 10th edition of its NBA Global Games China series by staging two preseason games in the country later this year.
The Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans will play on October 9 in Shanghai at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, followed by a rematch in Beijing on October 12 at the LeSports Center.
The 10th edition of Global Games China will celebrate the Rockets' first visit to Shanghai since their inaugural game there in 2004, when NBA legend Yao Ming played in his hometown for the first time in his NBA career in front of a sold-out crowd. The Rockets have since also taken to China in 2010 and 2013, but NBA Global Games 2016 will mark the Pelicans' first visit to the country.
NBA Global Games China 2016 will feature a variety of off-court activities, including the fifth Fan Appreciation Day presented by Dongfeng Nissan on October 7 in Shanghai, which will provide fans with the opportunity to participate in on-court games and watch the Rockets and Pelicans showcase their skills. The league will also conduct NBA Cares and Jr. NBA community events and league partners will host interactive fan activities.
Following Global Games China 2016, 13 NBA teams will have played 22 games in Greater China since 2004, in Beijing, Guangzhou, Macao, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Taipei.