NBA Global Games Kick Off in Shanghai


nba-global-games-shanghaiThe NBA Global Games are a series of NBA games played outside of the United States and Canada where NBA teams play against fellow NBA squads or foreign ball clubs.

The first official overseas game featuring an NBA team was played on Sept. 7, 1978 when the Washington Bullets traveled to Israel to take on Maccabi Tel Aviv in an exhibition game. More games would be played across Europe and the Soviet Union until 1988. In 1990, the first regular season NBA Games outside the United States were held in Tokyo featuring the Phoenix Suns and the Utah Jazz.

With the league expanding its international footprint, the NBA Global Games have been staged in various parts of the world including Spain, England, Brazil, Istanbul, Italy, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei and the Philippines. The NBA and SM staged the first-ever NBA preseason game in the Philippines between the Houston Rockets and the Indiana Pacers on October 10, 2013. Since 2004, thirteen NBA teams have played in Greater China specifically in Beijing, Guangzhou, Macao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Taipei.

The 10th edition of NBA Global Games China, featuring the New Orleans Pelicans and the Houston Rockets, was staged in Shanghai at the Mercedes-Benz Arena last October 9, 2016. It will be followed by a rematch in Beijing on October 12, 2016, at The LeSports Center. This will be the Rockets’ fourth trip to Greater China following visits in 2004, 2010 and 2013.

The 2016 Jr. NBA-WNBA Philippine All Stars Darliene Ragasajo, Florence Jil Talas, Rozie Amatong, Aloha Marie Betanio, Ma. Cecilia Quilenderino, Tracy Carl Dadang, Fritz Felix Valencia, Harold Alarcon, Riz Ozner Gatus, Andrei Philip Lechoncito, Jearico Nuñez, Miguel Rey Luis Tan, Kai Zachary Sotto, Julian Jugo and Isaiah Miguel Blanco, and Coaches of the Year Arayi Ewon and Elegino Chollo. Photo by Jr. NBA Asia

The 2016 Jr. NBA-WNBA Philippine All Stars Darliene Ragasajo, Florence Jil Talas, Rozie Amatong, Aloha Marie Betanio, Ma. Cecilia Quilenderino, Tracy Carl Dadang, Fritz Felix Valencia, Harold Alarcon, Riz Ozner Gatus, Andrei Philip Lechoncito, Jearico Nuñez, Miguel Rey Luis Tan, Kai Zachary Sotto, Julian Jugo and Isaiah Miguel Blanco, and Coaches of the Year Arayi Ewon and Elegino Chollo. Photo by Jr. NBA Asia

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, providing thousands of fans with the chance to participate in on-court games and watch the Pelicans and Rockets in open practice. The league will also conduct NBA Cares and Jr. NBA community events and league partners will host interactive fan activities.

This year’s batch of Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA All-Stars from the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, get to watch the New Orleans Pelicans and the Houston Rockets as the NBA Global Games kick off in Shanghai.

Local celebrity Gerald Anderson and #ShootLikeTheNBA winners Kat Tan and Paolo Miguel Bernardo are also in for a treat to watch the NBA Global Games.

Disclaimer: This is an official press statement, with minor edits.

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