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October 19, 2014 Updates
October 18, 2014 Updates

From the official release: “The groundbreaking partnership will focus on basketball participation in elementary, middle and high schools across China and aims to provide enhanced basketball training to at least 3 million students by 2017.” … “As part of the curriculum, NBA players, legends and coaches will visit Chinese schools to conduct basketball clinics and provide specialized instruction to Chinese coaches and physical education teachers. Chinese coaches and physical education teachers selected by the Ministry of Education will also have the chance to observe and participate in coaching activities organized by the NBA.” … NBCSports.com

In China, there is one bastion of American capitalism and culture that no one is shy about supporting: the N.B.A. The country’s insatiable appetite for American basketball was on display last week in Shanghai and Beijing, where the Nets played the Sacramento Kings in exhibition games. The Global Games — as N.B.A. teams’ games outside North America have come to be known — are greeted in China as the sports equivalent of the Academy Awards. It is the one time each year that fans can watch stars whom they have studied on CCTV-5 broadcasts play live. “The N.B.A. is just too thrilling,” said Wang Lianying, smoothing an “I ♥ NBA” sticker on her cheek as a Chinese master of ceremonies directed the crowd at the 18,000-seat MasterCard Center here to roar its approval for the Brooklynettes, the Nets’ dance team. “I was here last year and just had to come again.” New York Times

The N.B.A. is fortunate that basketball’s broad appeal transcends national lines. Even Xi Jinping, China’s president, is a fan — he took in a Los Angeles Lakers game in the United States in 2012. The league has been able to promote its brand through cooperation with the Chinese government at its highest levels. “It wasn’t that long ago when people spoke of Ping-Pong diplomacy, but I think we’ve now entered the era of basketball diplomacy,” said David Shoemaker, chief executive of N.B.A. China. The next night, crowds trying to escape the maw of the Beijing subway were subjected to a gantlet of scalpers. “Do you need tickets? How many? I’ve got a great deal,” said one man, who offered courtside seats with a face value of 3,200 renminbi for 2,000 renminbi (about $325) and whose cheapest nosebleed seats would still set a fan back 200 renminbi, a bit over $30. New York Times

October 17, 2014 Updates

The N.B.A. is fortunate that basketball’s broad appeal transcends national lines. Even Xi Jinping, China’s president, is a fan — he took in a Los Angeles Lakers game in the United States in 2012. The league has been able to promote its brand through cooperation with the Chinese government at its highest levels. “It wasn’t that long ago when people spoke of Ping-Pong diplomacy, but I think we’ve now entered the era of basketball diplomacy,” said David Shoemaker, chief executive of N.B.A. China. New York Times

October 16, 2014 Updates

More likely for now is that the NBA will allow advertising on team jerseys, said Silver, who was on his second visit to China since becoming commissioner in February. Ads on uniforms will boost the NBA’s global growth, he said. “It would cause a whole host of companies to become that much more invested in the NBA,” Silver said. “Just think about it -- if there was a Chinese company that was represented on an NBA jersey, and for the affinity of Chinese fans to see that familiar brand on an NBA team -- that’s going to help grow the game here.” Bloomberg

October 13, 2014 Updates
October 12, 2014 Updates

It took only two pre-season games for Byron Mullens and the Shanxi Brave Dragons to part ways. Reports coming out of China confirm team via an official statement from team officials states that Shanxi is looking for another foreign player to replace Mullens. “We really want to replace him. We are actively looking for another player,” says Shanxi head coach Yang Xuezeng. Basketball Buddha

October 11, 2014 Updates

There were only two Chinese teams with incomplete roster, but as we told "there were", because Jilin Northeast Tigers are signing former Dallas Mavericks guard Dominique Jones, who will return for his second consecutive Chinese campaign. Sportando

October 9, 2014 Updates

Michael Beasley may not have played his way out of the NBA, but, for now, that's where the former Miami Heat forward is headed. A source with the Memphis Grizzlies confirmed to the Sun Sentinel that Beasley has left the team to sign in China. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

October 8, 2014 Updates

Zhejiang Guangsha Lions have not waste their time and have completed the deal to sign former Memphis Grizzlies guard Jamaal Franklin. The player will be the substitute of Jonathan Gibson, who'll miss from 4 to 6 weeks of action due to an injury. Sportando

October 7, 2014 Updates

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