03.29.07

NBA China Games

Posted in Basketball at 7:18 am by Nicole

The NBA announced today in Shanghai that the NBA China Games will be held in October in Shanghai and Macao. It’s no surprise that the Cleveland Cavaliers are one of the two teams that has been chosen to participate, given the stunning popularity of LeBron James in China. At last summer’s exhibition matches with the USA national team in Guangzhou, James had by far the craziest appearance schedule of the team members, entertaining Chinese fans throughout the city in between making all of those alley-oops in the match against the Chinese national team. The Orlando Magic, featuring USA national team member Dwight Howard, will also participate in the China Games. Kudos as always to the NBA’s marketers, who have solved the riddle of bringing what used to be a completely American-based sport and league to China in a major, major way.

The NBA.com website has posted a great list of star NBA players’ nicknames in Chinese – Chinese characters, pinyin pronunciation, and translation/explanation included. Great fun – who (in the United States, anyway) knew that Dirk Nowitzki was “the German racecar” to his Chinese fans?

CBA Finals – Bayi wins: Former NBA player Wang Zhizhi, the first Chinese player to make the jump from China to the big leagues in the United States, led his Bayi Rockets team to a 4-1 defeat of the Guangdong Tigers, the defending Chinese Basketball Association champions, in this week’s CBA finals. Next stop for the Tigers’ star player, Yi Jianlian – the NBA draft on June 28.

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