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Published on 14 Oct 2008
1979: Washington Bullets (now Wizards) first NBA team to visit China. Interest was ignited again in 2004, when Yao Mings Houston Rockets played the Sacramento Kings in front of capacity crowds in Beijing and Shanghai (the photo below shows just how keen the Beijing crowd was to get into the arena). Two more US teams toured last year; and this year the Milwaukee Bucks will play Golden State Warriors. The first game tips off in Guangzhou tomorrow and, on Saturday, the show will move to Beijing, where the teams will play in front of more than 17,000 fans at the Olympic Basketball Arena, the scene of Team USAs recent Olympic triumph, not to mention redemption.