Barnes in China to support growth of hoops, promote Mavs preseason games with Sixers

DALLAS – Harrison Barnes is among a group of players visiting China over the next several days to support the continued growth of basketball in China and celebrate the NBA Finals with Chinese fans.

The Dallas Mavericks’ forward will be joined by Los Angeles Lakers rookie forward Kyle Kuzma and former San Antonio Spurs superstar center David Robinson in the trip overseas, according to NBA China. The players will be in China until June 9.

Barnes will be in Shenzhen on Saturday to assist in commemorating NBA China’s partnership extension with Dongfeng Nissan. He also will have meet-and-greet sessions and hold basketball clinics in Shenzhen and Shanghai on Sunday and Monday, respectively.

In addition, Barnes is in China to help promote the NBA China Games 2018 which will feature two preseason contests next fall between the Mavs and Philadelphia 76ers.

The Mavs will play the Sixers at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai on Oct. 5, and again at the Shenzhen Universiade Center in Shenzhen on Oct. 8.

For Game 2 of the upcoming NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, Barnes will host a viewing party in Shanghai for lucky fans selected from the NBA App and NBA Qiu Mi Quan – the NBA’s fan loyalty program in China.

“This will be my fourth trip to China,” Barnes said in a press release. “I had a great time meeting and interacting with the fans in China when I played two preseason games there back in 2013.”

When Barnes was a member of the Warriors, they played two preseason games against the Los Angeles Lakers in China in 2013. The Warriors beat the Lakers, 100-95, at the MasterCard Center in Beijing on Oct. 15, 2013, and also defeated the Lakers, 115-89, on Oct. 18, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai.

Barnes said: “I’m excited to visit China again to enjoy the excitement of the NBA Finals alongside the passionate Chinese fans.”