The NBA has announced that the Charlotte Hornets have been selected to participate in this year’s Global Games.
The Hornets and Clippers will play the NBA’s first game ever in Shenzhen on Sunday, Oct. 11 at the Shenzhen Universiade Center, followed by a rematch in Shanghai on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. Along with the games, Hornets players will participate in a variety of off-court activities, including NBA Cares community programs.
“The Charlotte Hornets are excited to play in NBA Global Games China and help grow the NBA’s brand internationally, while showcasing the strength of our franchise and team to millions of Chinese basketball fans,” said Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan.
“Basketball is more popular than ever, and Global Games China 2015 is part of our ongoing commitment to growing the game in the world’s most populous nation,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “These games will not only bring the excitement of NBA action directly to Chinese fans, but will also provide the league another opportunity to experience the rich history and culture of China.”
This isn’t the first time the Hornets franchise will travel overseas to play. In 1994, they played in Paris and Italy.