Paul Ulane

NBA Celebrates the Year of the Dragon

  • GearHead
  • Paul Ulane
  • January 24, 2012, 12:00 PM

3…2…1…HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! *cue noisemakers*

To help ring in the Chinese New Year, the NBA will host its first ever Chinese New Year Celebration from January 21 – 28. More than just a week long party, the celebration will include live games, custom coverage and a variety of events in both the U.S. and China.

21 games this week will get celebratory coverage across networks like CCTV 5, BTV, GDTV, GZTV, NowTV, NBA TV, Sina and Tencent. NBA fans in China will be able to check out some of the league’s best teams, including the defending champ Dallas Mavericks, the Miami Heat and the L.A. Lakers. The Golden State Warriors will be hosting special in-arena events all game long on January 27 that will pay tribute to Chinese culture. The players that night will also warm up in specially designed shooting shirts by Adidas (check one of those shirts out above).

The first game of the program featured the Minnesota Timberwolves visiting the Los Angeles Clippers last Saturday night. Kevin Love helped start the new year off with a bang when he nailed a deep three pointer at the buzzer to lead the Wolves past the home team.  The celebration concludes with a fan viewing party in Beijing on January 28.

Here’s the full remaining schedule (all dates and times are local Beijing time):

Orlando @ Boston, Jan. 24, 8:30 a.m. (BTV)
Phoenix @ Dallas, Jan. 24, 9:30 a.m. (CCTV 5/GDTV/SINA)
Memphis @ Golden State, Jan. 24, 11:30 a.m. (GZTV)
Cleveland @ Miami, Jan. 25, 8:30 a.m. (GDTV/SINA/TENCENT/CCTV 5)
LA Clippers @ LA Lakers, Jan. 26, 11:30 a.m. (GDTV/BTV/SINA/CCTV 5)
Miami @ Detroit, Jan.26 8:30 a.m. (TENCENT)
Boston @ Orlando, Jan. 27 9:00 a.m. (GDTV/SINA)
Memphis @ LA Clippers, Jan. 27 11:30 a.m. (CCTV 5)
New York @ Miami, Jan. 28 9:00 a.m. (GDTV/TENCENT)
Milwaukee @ Chicago, Jan. 28 9:00 a.m. (SINA)
Utah @ Dallas, Jan. 28 9:30 a.m. (GZTV/BTV)
Oklahoma City @ Golden State, Jan. 28  11:30 a.m. (CCTV 5/NBA TV/GDTV)

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