Lakers, Nets going to China for preseason games next season

BEIJING (AP) — LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are headed to China next season for a pair of preseason games against the Brooklyn Nets.

The teams will play Oct. 10 in Shanghai, and Oct. 12 in Shenzhen. They will be the 27th and 28th games that the NBA has played in China. It'll be the third trip to China for the Nets, and the second for the Lakers.

The China Games have been a major success for the NBA, which has looked to broaden its international footprint for many years. It's estimated that at least 300 million people in China play basketball in some form.

The 2019-20 NBA season is tentatively scheduled to begin Oct. 22.