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Warriors and Wizards to play 2-game preseason slate in Japan in 2022

The Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo will host a pair of NBA preseason games on September 30 and October 2.

TOKYO AND NEW YORK – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Rakuten Group, Inc. today announced that the Golden State Warriors and Washington Wizards will play two preseason games in Japan in 2022. The 2022 NBA Japan Games presented by Rakuten will take place Friday, September 1. October 30 and Sunday October 2 at the Saitama Super Arena and will mark the 15th in the leagueand and 16and games in the country.

The announcement was made today at a press conference in Tokyo by Rakuten Chairman and CEO Mickey Mikitani, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NBA General Manager for Asia , Scott Levy. Silver and Levy participated via live video conference.

Tickets for the matches will go on sale at a later date. Fans can register interest in tickets and access pre-sale information here.

The Warriors, six-time NBA champions, currently boast two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry, five-time NBA All-Star Klay Thompson, 2017 NBA Defensive Player of the Year and four-time NBA All-Star Draymond Green. The Wizards currently have three-time NBA star Bradley Beal, 2018 NBA star Kristaps Porziņģis, and 2020 NBA All-Rookie Second Team member Rui Hachimura, who in 2019 became the first Japanese player to the history of the league to be selected in the first. NBA draft round. Both warriors and wizards will make their first visits to Japan.

NBA Japan Games 2022 presented by Rakuten

The Warriors and Wizards will play two pre-season games on September 30 and October 2 at Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo.

The NBA Japan Games 2022 presented by Rakuten will be broadcast live in Japan on Rakuten NBA service and will reach fans in over 200 countries and territories on television, digital media and social media. The games will also be supported by a list of marketing and merchandising partners. Prior to games, the league and its partners will also host interactive fan activities, Jr. NBA programming and NBA Cares community outreach initiatives.

Between 1990 and 2003, the NBA hosted 12 regular season games in Japan in Saitama City, Tokyo and Yokohama. The game between the Phoenix Suns and the Utah Jazz in Tokyo on November 2, 1990 marked the first regular season game played outside of North America by an American sports league. The NBA last played in Japan in 2019, when Rakuten and the NBA teamed up to bring the Houston Rockets and 2019 NBA champion Toronto Raptors to the country for two preseason games.

In 2017, the NBA and Rakuten announced a innovative partnership this made Rakuten a global marketing partner of the NBA and the league’s exclusive live game distribution partner in Japan. NBA Rakuten, the one-stop destination for fans in Japan to watch NBA games and programming, is currently offering viewers exclusive access to the 2021-22 NBA season. Additionally, Rakuten operates the NBA area on Rakuten Ichiba, the leading e-commerce platform in Japan, which offers selected NBA and team products. Rakuten is also an official partner of the Golden State Warriors, a relationship that began in 2017 when the Warriors welcomed Rakuten as the team’s first-ever shirt partner.

The presence of the NBA in Japan goes back more than 30 years. NBA games and programming have been broadcast in Japan since the 1988-89 season, and officially licensed NBA merchandise is widely available at more than 700 retail stores nationwide and across, the official online store of the NBA in Japan. In addition to live games, the league has held a number of events in Japan, including interactive fan events, NBA Cares community outreach initiatives, and in 2012 and 2019 Basketball Without Borders, the global basketball program. NBA and FIBA ​​basketball development and community outreach.

Executive quotes:

Rakuten Chairman and CEO, Mickey Mikitani:

“For nearly five years, our partnership with the NBA has united fans across Japan and contributed to the continued growth of the global basketball community. Rakuten strongly believes in the power of sports to bring people together and communities, which is so essential in today’s global society. We are excited for this exciting opportunity to bring NBA games back to Japan, this time with the Golden State Warriors, our official partners, and the Washington Wizards.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver:

“We are thrilled to once again bring pre-season games to our fans in Japan. There is great momentum around NBA basketball in the country and we thank Mickey and Rakuten for their continued efforts to further develop the sport.

Scott Levy, NBA Asia General Manager:

“Since 2017, Rakuten has brought the excitement of the NBA directly to fans in Japan through a variety of unique experiences, including as the league’s exclusive distribution partner. date, the NBA and Rakuten will offer Japanese fans the opportunity to witness an exciting game between the Warriors and the Wizards in an event that promises to be a singular moment for Japanese basketball.

Joe Lacob, CEO and Executive Co-Chairman of the Golden State Warriors:

“We are extremely grateful that the NBA has selected the Warriors and Wizards, two franchises with illustrious histories in our league, to kick off the 2022 NBA preseason in Japan, home to some of the most incredibly passionate NBA fans in the world. During our more than four-year partnership with Rakuten, we’ve had the pleasure of forming many impactful relationships across Japan, and some of our players, including Stephen Curry, have thoroughly enjoyed their recent visits to Tokyo and the interactions that they shared with basketball. fans who love the game. This unique bond with our partners and fans will continue to grow during the Japan Games, and we couldn’t be more excited and honored to experience the amazing Japanese culture as a group. This game truly unites us all across the world.

Ted Leonsis, Founder and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment:

“We are so honored to represent the NBA and the wonderful game of basketball in front of an audience of Japanese fans. We are especially thrilled to see Rui Hachimura perform in front of his fellow Japanese people. We were proud to welcome him to the DC family he nearly three years ago as a vibrant young talent and we’ve only seen his growth as a player since. And our fans across our home market in Washington DC have a special connection with the Japanese people – marked by our annual celebration of the gift of cherry trees given to our city by the mayor of Tokyo over 100 years ago. Celebrating American and Japanese cultures further strengthens our bonds and so we look forward to taking on the Golden State Warriors and growing more new fans of the sport we all love.