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US Sports Leagues Expand Outreach to Asia

On September 21 and 23, the National Hockey League (NHL)’s Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks played two preseason games in China; one in Shanghai and one in Beijing. These two games marked the first time ever that the NHL held games in China, signaling a push by the organization to increase interest in hockey in one of the world’s largest emerging markets for sports coverage.

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Washington Wizards Show NBA’s Global Reach

VOA: More than ever, professional basketball in the U.S. is becoming a global game. Last season, the National Basketball Association had 113 international players from 41 countries and territories. All in all, a quarter of NBA players are international.

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NBA MD wants basketball to reach the grassroots and he is shooting for it with this academy

Edex: NBA India recently opened an academy to provide world-class training opportunities to aspiring basketball players. Yannick Colaco talks about its perks.

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NBA academy opens in Australia to help budding talent

SDS: A groundbreaking deal between Basketball Australia and the NBA has the power to fast track Australia’s leading talent into the world’s most dominant league.

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Lakers’ legend Kobe Bryant unveils NBA China academy plans

Agence France Presse: Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant announced plans on Tuesday for China’s first NBA basketball school, a development the 18-time All-Star says will improve the game in the country.

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NBA legend Kobe Bryant mobbed by fans in China as he helps to set up basketball academy at Hainan resort

South China Morning Post: NBA legend Kobe Bryant has joined forces with NBA China and Mission Hills to set up the country’s first NBA Basketball School as well as an “interactive experience and store” in Haikou.

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Australia proves fertile talent pool for NBA

Daily Mail: If you ask Australian youngsters who their favourite basketball player is, US superstars such as LeBron James or Kevin Durant are likely responses, with the mere mention of the NBA creating a buzz.

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NBA Academy player takes off from behind free-throw line for ridiculous dunk

The NBA shared this crazy video that the league reposted from the NBA Academy on Thursday. The caption notes that it’s Efe Abogidi, who plays for NBA Academy Africa and is listed as 6-foot-10 at 15 years old. Abogidi manages to dunk after taking off from behind the free-throw line.

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Kawhi Leonard to make first-ever visit to China

NBA China today announced that NBA Champion and two-time NBA All-Star Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs will visit China from Aug. 18 – 24 to support the growth of basketball in the country and coach top youth talent from the region at The NBA Academy Zhejiang. This will be Leonard’s first trip to China.

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NBA heads to the Holy Land to develop talent, promote values

The Associated Press: The NBA is heading to the Holy Land this week, bringing together some of the top emerging talent from across Europe as part of the league’s push to attract more foreign players and expand its global reach.

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