China to tour Australia

Friday June 23, 2017

China will play two of Australia’s leading National Basketball League teams during a tour of Australia next month.

The Chinese national team will play Melbourne United at Melbourne Park on Sunday July 16 before taking on the Brisbane Bullets on the Gold Coast on July 18.

NBL Chief Executive Jeremy Loeliger said the games were a great opportunity to showcase basketball between two of the leading nations in the region.

The games will follow next month’s tour of China by the NBL All-Australian team which will play three matches against the Chinese national team starting in Beijing on July 5.

“We are very excited to be hosting China in Australia to play against two of our biggest NBL clubs in Melbourne United and the Brisbane Bullets,” he said.

“We have a strong relationship with the Chinese Basketball Association led by its President Yao Ming and this is an opportunity to strengthen our ties with one of the biggest basketball markets in world.”

“Basketball is experiencing a huge boom in both countries and this is fantastic opportunity for everyone including Chinese Australians who may not have seen the NBL before to come along and enjoy top class basketball.”

“We are particularly excited to be able to host a game in Melbourne but also on the Gold Coast which will stage the Commonwealth Games next year.

“It will be a great opportunity for the Bullets to play in front of fans at the Gold Coast at the new Carrara Stadium.”

The games will be streamed live on NBL TV in Australia and to tens of millions of fans in China via Sina and Youku.

Melbourne United will play China at Margaret Court Arena on Sunday July 16 starting at 3pm. Tickets can be purchased at from 2pm today.

The Brisbane Bullets will play China at Carrara on Tuesday July 18 starting at 7pm. Ticketing details will be released shortly.

News Source: NBL Media