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Nets tabbed to play Kings in China next presason

Paul Pierce is surrounded by media during a

Paul Pierce is surrounded by media during a training session at the O2 Arena in London on Jan. 15, 2014. (Credit: AP)

Forget about going back to Cali. The Nets are once again bound for a little action in China.

As part of the NBA’s Global Games initiative, the Nets will play the Kings in a pair of preseason contests in China. They’ll meet Oct. 12 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai and Oct. 15 at MasterCard Center in Beijing, some nine months after the Nets beat the Hawks 127-110 in London in regular season action.

It’ll be the Nets second trip to China in four years. They played preseason games in Beijing and Guangzhou in 2010.

“It’s an honor for us to represent Brooklyn and the League in China,” Nets coach Jason Kidd said in a statement. “The borough and the Nets have connections to fans all over the world and it’s a great opportunity to play on a major international stage in China.”

The Nets’ matchups with the Kings are part of five preseason games scheduled to take part in four countries, as the league continue to try to spread its brand outside of the United States and Canada The Heat will take on the Cavaliers in Brazil and the Spurs have stops in Germany and Turkey.

There are also some regular-season games on tap that will be announced at a later date.

“As the passion for the game continues to grow globally we are focused on finding unique and meaningful ways to connect with fans worldwide, and the NBA Global Games are part of those efforts,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “Basketball brings people together across cultural and geographic lines, and these games are a great opportunity for our fans to experience the excitement of the NBA first-hand.”

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