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Philadelphia 76ers and Dallas Mavericks Will Square Off In China for 2018 Preseason Matchup

Sixers Headed To China For 2018 preseason

The National Basketball Association has decided to host it’s annual China games featuring the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers will face the Dallas Mavericks twice, on Oct. 5 and 8th. The games will take place in Shanghai and Shenzhen. More than 20 games have been played since the NBA unveiled the annual event. These will be the 25th and 26th games held since 2004. In the history of the NBA China games, 17 different teams have squared off.

China Games Is One For The Fans

Fan Day makes its 7th annual return as well on Oct. 4. These festivities will give the Shanghai and Shenzhen communities the opportunity to participate in games, and watch both the 76ers and Mavs compete in skills competitions and conduct practice. Along with NBA Fan Day, the NBA will host several NBA cares programs throughout Shanghai and Shenzhen. These programs will connect the community and showcase the NBA in a light other than basketball.

Sixers center Joel Embiid had this to say about the games:

“It will be an honor to be the first 76ers team to play in front of the amazing fan base in China in October.”

13-time all-star Dirk Nowitzki mentioned his experience in the 2008 Beijing Olympics:

“It is such an honor playing internationally. I’ve been fortunate to play in China before and I remember how great the fans were. It’s going to be such a fantastic experience for our team.”

While the Sixers wait to compete in the preseason, they continue to battle the Miami Heat in an intense first round of the playoffs. The series is tied 1-1 and China could not seem further away, both literally and figuratively. Philadelphia has continued to impress this year, and their hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed. With such a small amount of teams competing in China over the years, it is evident that the NBA only wants to send the best. This year the Sixers definitely fit that bill, and hopefully for years to come.

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Aric Kirsten

Currently a sports management and sociology major at the University of Arizona. Playing basketball and football has been a huge part of my life, as well as being an avid fan!

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