Warriors to play 2 preseason games in China

Warriors to play 2 preseason games in China

As a result, the league will be taking the Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves to China during the 2017-18 preseason. The Timberwolves were the first major team in any USA sports league to add a Chinese minority owner and several of the players have made marketing trips to the country in recent years.

The Warriors will play two preseason games against Minnesota in China next season as part of the NBA's 2017 Global Games, the league announced Monday.

"I have visited China every year since 2013, and the fans there are incredibly supportive of me, the Warriors and the NBA", Curry said in a statement. However, once the 2017 NBA Global Games in China concludes, 14 NBA franchises will have played 24 games in all in the Greater China area since 2004.

The tandem of Western Conference franchises will be facing off on October 5 in Shenzhen at the Shenzhen Universiade Centre while running it back for a rematch in Shanghai at the Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 8.

The Timberwolves have a rapidly growing presence in China, the organization said in a statement.

"We are committed to bringing live National Basketball Association games to our passionate and growing fanbase in China", said National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver. "Traveling to China with my teammates and coaches will be a fantastic experience".

Minnesota, whose roster features the last two rookie of the year winners in Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, are 28-41 and five games back of the final Western Conference playoff spot.