The NBA’s quest for world domination is actively moving into the right direction as Commissioner David Stern announced his international preseason schedule for next season.
The biggest game will come in Taipei, Taiwan when Jeremy Lin and the Houston Rockets take on the Indiana Pacers on Oct. 13, 2013. Lin, whose parents were both born on the Asian island, says his “hard-core fans” are in Taiwan.
Lin and the Rockets will also travel to Manila, Philippines on Oct. 10, 2013. This marks the NBA’s return of 34 years absent from its previous game in the Philippines when the Washington Bullets played a PBA All-Star team.
Other NBA action taking place in Asia sees Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers facing off in multi-city double header against the Golden State Warriors in China (Oct. 15 in Beijing and Oct. 18 in Shanghai).
Kobe Bryant greets Chinese fans during his annual tour to the mainland.
Stern has always stressed the importance globalizing not only the NBA but the game of basketball in general. He released a statement saying: “Providing fans with an authentic NBA experience is an important part of our efforts to grow the game globally. This fall, nearly a third of our teams will embark on a global tour that will celebrate the game of basketball, give our international fans a chance to connect with NBA teams and players, and leave a lasting impact in each of the communities we visit.”
Nick Bedard (@bedardnick) is the editor-in-chief of Basketballbuddha.com.