NBA Stars Light Up The NBA Chinese New Year Celebration
See what NBA stars Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, James Harden and Jeremy Lin have in store for Chinese New Year
NBA Chinese New Year Celebration 2017 presented by Dongfeng Nissan will feature the NBA’s biggest stars, a record number of live game broadcasts, the debut of a new television spot and specially designed uniforms as the league celebrates the holiday with millions of Chinese fans around the world from January 26 to February 11.
The sixth annual NBA Chinese New Year Celebration will feature the launch of a new NBA Chinese New Year television spot, Secret Envelope, starring the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, the New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, the Houston Rockets’ James Harden and the Brooklyn Nets’ Jeremy Lin.
A highlight of the celebration will include Hall of Fame center Yao Ming having his No. 11 jersey retired by the Rockets during halftime of the Rockets’ February 3 matchup against the Chicago Bulls.
Additionally, fans will be able to watch a record 60 games and all 30 teams over 17 days, with broadcasts across Greater China on CCTV, Tencent, BesTV, Guangdong TV, GreatSports, Videoland, Fox Sports, ELTA, Eleven Sports and LeSports (HK).
Four NBA teams—the Warriors, Rockets, Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards—will wear special Chinese New Year uniforms and nine NBA teams will host Chinese New Year Celebration activities in their home arenas.
“The NBA Chinese New Year Celebration has become a wonderful occasion for the league to celebrate and connect with Chinese fans around the world,” said NBA China CEO David Shoemaker. “We are delighted that our teams and players have the opportunity to bring joy and excitement to our fans as they celebrate the holiday with their families.”
Rockets vs. Sixers
On the first day of Chinese New Year, James Harden and the Rockets will wear their Chinese New Year jerseys against rookie sensation Joel Embiid and the 76ers (CCTV)
Nets vs. Cavaliers
Jeremy Lin will take on Kyrie Irving and LeBron James as the Nets play the defending champion Cavaliers (Tencent)
Warriors vs. Clippers
Pacific Division rivals, the Warriors and L.A Clippers, will play twice in the span of six days in a home-and-home matchup (CCTV and Tencent)
Rockets vs. Bulls
Yao Ming Jersey Retirement Ceremony: Hall of Fame center Yao Ming will have his No. 11 jersey retired during halftime of the Feb. 3 matchup between the Rockets and Bulls (CCTV and Tencent)
Thunder vs. Warriors
Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder will host the Warriors as Kevin Durant returns to Oklahoma City for the first time since joining Golden State (CCTV and Tencent)