The NBA is returning to China for preseason action. The Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves are scheduled to meet in Shenzhen on Oct. 5 and Shanghai on Oct. 8. This marks the Timberwolves’ first time taking part in the NBA Global Games in China and the Warriors’ third time. They played in 2008 and 2013 as well. After these Warriors-Wolves tilts, 14 NBA teams will have played 24 games in China, which has become the unofficial epicenter of the games’ growth.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced today that NBA Global Games China 2017 presented by Master Kong will feature two preseason games in China between the Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves. The Warriors and Timberwolves will play Oct. 5 in Shenzhen at the Shenzhen Universiade Center, followed by a rematch in Shanghai at the Mercedes-Benz Arena on Oct. 8.
After a bumpy adjustment period to the Chinese game, Boozer has joined Fredette as one of the CBA’s most influential imports during the past two months. One source plugged firmly into the Chinese scene says that the Miami Heat and the aforementioned Clippers are among the teams tracking the 34-year-old’s progress with Guangdong. One potential problem for Boozer: If Guangdong indeed reaches the championship series in China, he might run out of time to make it back to the States in time to hook up with a playoff team. Boozer is eligible to play in the NBA postseason for anyone who signs him, since he hasn’t been on a roster all season, but the one requirement is that he’d have to be signed back home before the NBA regular season ends April 12.
Carlos Boozer, meanwhile, remains in China but has also played his way back onto the NBA’s radar, having helped the Guangdong Southern Tigers, along with veteran guard Donald Sloan, advance to within one game of the Chinese Basketball Association finals.
“I was very pleased with the way he played,” said Austin Ainge, the Celtics’ director of player personnel, who traveled to China last December to watch Yabusele play. “I think Guerschon’s strengths right now are his size and ability to play multiple positions, either 4 or 5. His 3-point shooting and passing are wonderful for a big guy.”
Said Yabusele: “All I am saying is, in every league, you can find people who play defense and people who don’t. I think the CBA is a good league. People say they don’t play defense and things like that, but think about it — if you have some players who can accomplish a lot in this league, they can also do it elsewhere. They are just good. It’s like when you are guarding Kobe Bryant and he’s killing everybody, it doesn’t mean the defense is bad. I really think a lot of players here can do the same thing in other leagues where there’s definitely defense.”