The NBA is a very worldwide sport, and soon fans from other countries will be able to see two well-known teams up close in NBA Japan Games 2022. NBA announced in March that they would play two preseason games at the NBA Japan Games in 2022. The NBA has thrived while other American sports haven’t done nearly as well in this area. Hence, the league wants to keep growing the game outside of the country.
Teams that will be playing in Japan for the NBA Global Games 2022
Two preseason games will pit the Washington Wizards against the defending champion Golden State Warriors. Since defeating the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals, the Warriors are yet to play on the court.
As they start their quest for yet another championship that provides Japanese fans the first chance to watch them. They get a chance to watch the Wizards, who have a number of enthusiastic young players in addition to one of the league’s top scorers.
Where will the Games be Played?
At Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, two exhibition games will be played. Tokyo is only an hour away from Saitama, making the games more accessible to more people. The venue can accommodate at least 22,000 spectators, higher than the usual NBA arena.
Why NBA Games 2022 will be played in Japan?
In the past, the NBA has scheduled games during the preseason in several nations. The purpose is to give fans the opportunity to see a game. They played preseason games in Japan in the past, in 2019, but they couldn’t go back until now.
Returning to Japan was unavoidable given the popularity of the previous round of games, especially given the country’s constantly expanding fan base. Additionally, the fact that the Wizards’ Rui Hachimura is Japanese and that the Warriors are sponsored by the Tokyo-based Rakuten further increases local interest in the matches.
Dates and Times of the NBA Japan Games 2022
The Warriors and Wizards will play their debut game on NBA TV on September 30th, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern. The second exhibition match will be shown live on NBA TV on October 2, 2022, at 1:00 am Eastern. With two games, more fans will have the opportunity to attend a game and watch it on TV.
Numerous All-Stars, including Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, and Bradley Beal, will play in the two exhibition games. Fans from all over the world will have to watch both games as a result of their inclusion.