Warriors, Wolves to play two preseason games in China

ByMichael Fang ESPN logo
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriorswill meet in two preseason games in China next season as part of the NBA's 2017 Global Games, Wolves owner Glen Taylor confirmed to ESPN on Monday.

Games will be held in Shenzhen and Shanghai in October.

The news was first reported by Chinese outlet Lanxiong Sports.

"I'm very excited to have the team going there and play," Taylor said during halftime of Monday's Wolves-Mavericks game. "Knowing that we are going to play against the Warriors, it's going to be a lot of fun."

This will be the Timberwolves' first time playing in China.

Jiang Lizhang, founder of the Chinese marketing company Double-Edged Sports, became the NBA's first Chinese minority owner in the summer of 2016 when he purchased 5 percent of the Wolves and 5 percent of the Minnesota Lynx. At the 2016 Las Vegas Summer League, he told ESPN.com that he planned to work on bringing the Timberwolves to China.

The Warriors played against the Los Angeles Lakers in China for the 2013 Global Games. The Warriors weren't nearly as popular at the time, as many Chinese fans came out mostly to see Kobe Bryant.

Now, Golden State is one of the most popular teams in China, featuring superstars Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. Their teammate Klay Thompson also has a deal with Anta, a Chinese shoe company.