Timberwolves to play two preseason games in China

LeBron James

LeBron James

- The Minnesota Timberwolves will make their first trip to China next year to play two preseason games against the Golden State Warriors, the National Basketball Association announced Monday. This comes after the Warriors played the Bucks in China during the 2008 Global Games and the Lakers in China during the 2013 Global Games.

The games will be part of the NBA Global Games China 2017, a series of games featuring NBA teams that are played outside the United States.

"I have visited China every year since 2013, and the fans there are incredibly supportive of me, the Warriors and the NBA", Curry said in a statement. It is also worth noting that Golden State will now be heading to China for the third time overall as their counterpart in the Timberwolves will be making their way to China for the very first time.

The teams are scheduled to tip off in Shenzhen on October 5 and again in Shanghai on October 8.

"We're committed to bringing live NBA games to our passionate and growing fanbase in China", NBA commissioner Adam Silver said.

Golden State (55-14) now owns a two-game lead over San Antonio for the Western Conference's top seed, while Minnesota (28-41) is five games back of Denver for the eighth seed.

"We're proud that following these games, almost half of the league will have played in front of Chinese fans", said NBA China chief executive David Shoemaker.

These days, the Warriors are one of the NBA's most popular teams in China.