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Nets, Lakers will play two preseason games in China this October

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TenCent, the NBA’s digital partner in China, as well as ESPN China report that the Nets and Lakers will play in the NBA China Games 2019 next October 10 and 12.

According to TenCent, the big Chinese media company...

The 2019 NBA China Games teams have been confirmed: the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets.

According to insiders, the 2019 NBA China Games will be held in Shanghai on October 10th and on October 12th in Shenzhen. The NBA has not yet officially announced the news.

The games are preseason contests. It will be the third time the Nets have traveled to China and the third straight year the team will play either preseason or regular season games outside the US. They played a preseason game vs. the Raptors in Montreal, Canada last October and played two regular season games vs. Oklahoma City and Miami in Mexico City last season.

The Nets traveled to Beijing and Shanghai (after a practice in Moscow) for preseason games vs. the Rockets not long after Mikhail Prokhorov took over in 2010. They returned to the Chinese cities again in 2014 for two more preseason games vs. the Kings. They also played the first regular season games ever in England in 2011.

Nets executives, in the words of CEO Brett Yormark, are always the first to “raise their hands” when the NBA is looking for teams to travel overseas.

This will be the first time the Nets will play in China since Joe Tsai bought 49 percent of the team last April for a reported $1.1 billion. Tsai, executive vice chairman of Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, has an option to buy control of the Nets in 2021. He was named to the NBA China board of directors in October.

Back in April, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. told Brian Lewis this about Tsai’s role in China.

“Most importantly the new partner … Joe Tsai, co-founder of Alibaba, the fact is that he’s someone who’s living in China but very familiar with the Brooklyn Nets brand,” Silver told The Post. “He’ll be the co-owner for several years, not controlling owner, [but] it speaks specifically to the interest in the Brooklyn Nets in China, and to the greater interest in the league.”

Tsai, a native of Taiwan and a citizen of both Taiwan and Canada, has played a critical role in arranging college games in Huangzhou, China, where Alibaba in headquartered. He also played in a Jeremy Lin charity game last August in Shenzhen with Lin and his former Nets teammates Spencer Dinwiddie and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.

The NBA China Games Tournament was first staged in 2004 as an important step in the NBA’s globalization strategy. Since then, it has been held for 12 times.