The Kings made it official on Thursday that the team will play two preseason games in China in the 2014-15 season. Specifically, they will take on the Brooklyn Nets on October 12 in Shanghai and again on October 15 in Beijing.
The announcement confirmed February's report by SB Nation's NetsDaily.
This isn't the first time the Kings will have played in China. It was 10 years ago when Chris Webber, Mike Bibby, Peja Stojakovic and crew played in the inaugural NBA China games. They went up against Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady's Houston Rockets.
"We're thrilled to bring the Kings experience back to our fans in China," said Vivek Ranadivé in a team statement. "Over 300 million Chinese men and women play basketball so there's huge potential to connect with new and existing fans. We'll be volunteering in the community, as well as utilizing technology and social media to share our trip with Kings fans around the world. We look forward to playing the Brooklyn Nets, who share our philosophy that basketball is the preeminent global sport of the 21st century."
The trip falls in line with Ranadive's NBA 3.0 concept. On his trip to Sacramento earlier this season, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said he anticipates a preseason game taking place in Ranadive's home country of India in the future.
The full 2004 China preseason games are actually on YouTube if you want to check them out. In one of the games, Bobby Jackson nailed two late shots to beat the Rockets 91-89.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ThrowbackThursday&src=hash">#ThrowbackThursday</a>: 20 memorable photos from 2004 Kings trip to China - <a href="http://t.co/YIiV1hfjKY">http://t.co/YIiV1hfjKY</a> <a href="http://t.co/dYPrazGtM5">pic.twitter.com/dYPrazGtM5</a></p>— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) <a href="https://twitter.com/SacramentoKings/statuses/454340298160611328">April 10, 2014</a></blockquote>
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