Basketball: Warriors ‘appreciate going to China’ rather than White House


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“I’m so glad that the audience in the stadium was in such high spirits. They didn’t let down the massive fan base of the Warriors in China!”


“The game was mostly played by bench players and the star players only appeared on the court for a few minutes. They should treat Chinese fans with more respect.”


After the 2017 NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors (金州勇士 jīnzhōu yǒngshì), realized they would not be welcomed at the White House because of a public dispute between Trump and their star player, Stephen Curry, they were “greeted like rock stars” on their tour in China, according to SFGATE. As part of the 2017 NBA Global Games, the Warriors played against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, on October 5, coming up short 111-97 to their rival. Another game is scheduled in Shanghai on October 8.

The craze — both online (in Chinese) and offline — surrounding the Warriors has been unheard of among Chinese basketball viewers since Yao Ming 姚明 — arguably the most famous Chinese basketball player of all time — was in his prime with the Houston Rockets a decade ago. Warriors player Klay Thompson commented, “I appreciate going to China,” adding that “I never thought I’d have fans across the world, especially the amount of fans we now have.”

Seeing the huge potential of the Chinese market, the NBA has been making the country a priority. Last year, it opened three NBA academies in China in cooperation with the Education Ministry.