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Nets To Stop Over In Russia On Way To China

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NEW YORK - MAY 19:  New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov addresses the media during a press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on May 19, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 19: New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov addresses the media during a press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on May 19, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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You knew it was only a matter of time and indeed, Mikhail Prokhorov's Nets will visit Moscow next month on their way to China for preseason games. The Times reports that the team will hold an open practice and a basketball clinic for 3,000 Russian youth in the Russian capital. The complete itinerary has yet to be set but Adam SIlver, the NBA's deputy commissioner, told a Moscow newspaper "many activities" are planned around the visit.

It will be a hectic 11 days for the Nets, as they make a complete circuit of the globe...and up to Boston. They play the 76ers in Newark the afternoon of October 9. Then, they're off. Sovietsky Sport, a Russian sports magazine, reports the Nets will be in Moscow the next day. After that, they fly across Eurasia to play the Rockets in Beijing on October 13 and again in Guangzhou in southern China on October 16. Finally the Nets cross the Pacific to complete their round-the-world journey. A day after arriving back in New Jersey, they'll take more simple transit, a bus, across the Hudson to play the Knicks on October 19. The next day, it's back on the plane for a short hop up to Boston to play the Celtics in their last preseason game. Mercifully, they have a week off before Opening Night vs. the Pistons.

The trip was expected to be announced on Thursday along with the opening of an NBA office in Moscow. The announcement came right around the time Team USA beat Team Russia at the FIBA World Championships...all of it on the 38th anniversary of the famous 1972 Olympic Gold Medal Game in Munich when the Soviet Union defeated the US.