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Brisbane Bullets, Melbourne United to host Chinese national team

Melbourne United and Brisbane Bullets will host the Chinese national basketball team next month, after the NBL All-Australian team plays three matches against China in Beijing.

United will host China at Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne Park, on Sunday July 16, with the Bullets playing the tourists on July 18.

Daniel Kickert scores in a crowd of Hawks. Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images
"We have a strong relationship with the Chinese Basketball Association, led by its President, Yao Ming, and this is an opportunity to strengthen our ties with one of the biggest basketball markets in world," said. NBL chief executive Jeremy Loeliger.

"Basketball is experiencing a huge boom in both countries and this is fantastic opportunity for everyone including Chinese Australians who may not have seen the NBL before to come along and enjoy top class basketball."

"We are particularly excited to be able to host a game in Melbourne but also on the Gold Coast which will stage the Commonwealth Games next year.

"It will be a great opportunity for the Bullets to play in front of fans at the Gold Coast at the new Carrara Stadium."

Source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19713800/brisbane-bullets-melbourne-united-host-chinese-national-team

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