Lakers, Nets visit China

LeBron James. (Facebook grab)

NEW YORK — The LeBron James-led Los Angeles Lakers are set to play NBA pre-season games in China next October, facing the Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai and Shenzhen, the league announced Monday.

The 13th edition of NBA China Games will mark the 27th and 28th league contests in the nation since 2004, with the Lakers and Nets meeting 10 October at Shanghai and 12 October at Shenzhen.

It will mark the second appearance in China for the Lakers, who played pre-season games at Beijing and Shanghai in 2013.

“The entire Los Angeles Lakers organization is excited to return to China to play in front of the passionate Chinese fans,” Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma said.

“During my visit to China, I was absolutely amazed by the fans’ love and excitement for the game of basketball… I know the atmosphere at the games will be great.”

The Lakers feature four-time NBA Most Valuable Player James, who has played in the past eight NBA Finals.