Tokyo – The NBA Japan 2022 Games presented by Rakuten, NBA champions Nissan Golden State Warriors and the Washington Wizards will have two pre-season games on Friday, September 30 at 7 p.m. JST and Sunday, October 2 at 2 p.m. JST, in Saitama Super Arena. Matches will be broadcast live in Japan on NBA Rakuten, NBA Rakuten’s YouTube channel and Rakuten TV, and in the United States on NBA TV and NBC Sports Washington.
In addition to the two games, NBA Japan Games Saturday Night 2022 presented by Rakuten & Nissan, which will take place on Saturday, October 1 at 5 p.m. at the Saitama Super Arena, will celebrate basketball and showcase the affinity of the NBA and popular culture for a one-of-a-kind fan experience.
Here is a look at the facts and figures about the NBA Japan Games 2022 provided by Rakuten & Nissan:
1 – The NBA Japan 2022 Games presented by Rakuten and Nissan will be held first A trip to Japan for both Warriors and Wizards.
2 – Warriors will become secondly The reigning NBA champions play in Japan, having played then-league champion Toronto Raptors at the 2019 NBA Japan Games.
3 – three NBA legends – Richard Hamilton, Tim Hardaway and Dikembe Mutombo – will participate in Japan’s NBA Games Saturday Night 2022 presented by Rakuten and Nissan.
6 – Bootcamp rosters for Warriors and Wizards feature a set six International players from six Countries:
- Warriors (2): Jonathan Kuminga (Democratic Republic of the Congo) and Andrew Wiggins (Canada).
- Wizards (4): Denny Avdega (Israel), Roy Hachimura (Japan), Kristaps Borzis (Latvia) and Makor Maker (South Sudan; relations with Australia).
9 Rui Hashimura became the first Japanese player ever to be selected in the first round of the NBA Draft when he was drafted ninth Generally by Wizards in 2019.
15th – This year’s Japanese NBA Games and the events surrounding them are backed by a record 15th Marketing partners: Rakuten, Nissan, 2K, American Express, Fellaz, Hennessy, Hokka, Instyle Group, NEC, Nike, Saitama Super Arena, SAP, ServiceNow, Sun Chlorella, Tissot.
16 – NBA Japan 2022 Games presented by Rakuten and Nissan will be NBA 15thThe tenth And the 16The tenth Games in Japan. The first regular season game of the NBA outside the United States was held in Japan in 1990 and was the first regular season game to be played outside North America by a U.S. sports league.
20 – Since 2010, more than 20 Current and former NBA players have visited Japan to participate in fan events, lead youth basketball clinics, and further develop the game in the country, including Stephen Curry and Draymond Green of the Warriors, and Bradley Beal of the Wizards.
22 – There are 22 combined All-Star games between players participating in the NBA Japan Games 2022 presented by Rakuten and Nissan: Beal (3), Curry (8), Green (4), Porziņģis (1), Klay Thompson (5) and Wiggins (1) .
22 – Playing The Warriors (10) and The Wizards (12) together 22 Matches outside North America bound for the NBA Japan Games 2022 presented by Rakuten and Nissan.
30 – On September 29, the National Basketball Association and Special Olympics Nippon hosted more than 30 Special Olympics Players for the NBA Cares Special Olympics Clinic featuring Warriors players, coaches, and coaches.
34 The NBA presence in Japan is making a comeback 34 Years where NBA games and programming have been on the air in Japan since the 1988-89 season.
60 – On September 28, the National Basketball Association hosted the “Time to Play” clinic at Minato Sports Center, which presented 60 Young players have the opportunity to learn from former WNBA players Monica Rogers and Katrina Hebert and Japan women’s national team player Naho Miyoshi.
75 Japanese-American Wataru Misaka becomes the first person of color to play in the NBA 75 Years ago as a member of the New York Knicks in 1947.
150 – On October 1, witches will pack and serve food 150 School supplies kits for young people from a local orphanage in Tokyo.
200 – The NBA Japan 2022 Games presented by Rakuten and Nissan will reach fans in more than 200 Countries and territories around the world on TV, digital and social media.
700 – Officially licensed NBA merchandise is available in over 700 Retail stores nationwide and through NBAStore.jp, Japan’s official online NBA store.
55400 – more than 55400 Fans attended the 2019 NBA Japan Games, which featured sold-out crowds, and the first NBA fan night at the Saitama Super Arena.
1,600,000 – more than 1.6 million Fans from Japan follow global and local NBA accounts on social media via Facebook, Twitter, LINE and TikTok.