Kawhi Leonard spent time in Beijing today with the Chinese media. Here’s what Leonard had to say about how he’s preparing for the upcoming season: “Everyone saw how it ended. [The offseason] started off slow, just rehabbing, getting back 100 percent. But obviously, just everything like I say every year. Just come back a better player, better man, better leader, and just work on my game.”
The Wolves will play three exhibition contests, including participating in two games as part of the previously announced NBA Global Games China: Oct. 5 at Shenzhen Universiade Center in Shenzen and Oct. 8 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, both vs. the Golden State Warriors. The Wolves will serve as the designated road team in Shenzen and the home team in Shanghai. The games in China mark the first games ever played by the Wolves in that country and the first trip to Asia since the team played in Japan in 1999. It will be the Wolves’ ninth and 10th international games overall. The Wolves open their preseason schedule by taking on the Los Angeles Lakers at Honda Center in Anaheim, California, on Sept. 30.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Source: Brandon Bass is leaving the NBA to sign a $2 million deal in China with the Liaoning Leopards.
Michael C. Wright: NBA China announced Wednesday that two-time NBA All-Star Kawhi Leonard will visit China from Aug. 18-24 to support the growth of basketball in the country, and coach top youth talent from the region at The NBA Academy Zhejiang. This would mark Leonard’s first trip to China. Leonard will host a basketball clinic in Beijing for select migrant school students as part of the league’s celebration of its partnership with CCTV. Leonard will also meet fans at NBA 5v5, the league’s five-on-five tournament for elite players in China, and visit Tencent’s studio in Beijing.
Giannis Antetokounmpo was dominant in his first international match of the summer, but he will be disappearing again next week. The Milwaukee Bucks star will be absent from Greece’s Eurobasket schedule due to an upcoming tour of China, which takes place from August 15-20.