Warriors to play two 2022 preseason games in Japan


The Warriors are heading to Japan.

The NBA announced Monday evening that Golden State will face the Washington Wizards for two games this fall as part of the NBA Japan Games 2022 Presented by Rakuten. 

The Warriors and Wizards will play on Friday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 2 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

“We are extremely appreciative that the NBA has selected the Warriors and the Wizards, two franchises with illustrious histories in our league, to tip off the 2022 NBA preseason in Japan, home of some of the most incredibly passionate NBA fans in the world,” said Warriors CEO and co-executive chairman Joe Lacob.

“During our four-plus year partnership with Rakuten, we’ve had the pleasure of building many impactful relationships throughout Japan, and some of our players, including Stephen Curry, have thoroughly enjoyed recent visits to Tokyo and the interactions they’ve shared with basketball fans who love the game. This unique bond with both our partners and our fans will continue to strengthen during the Japan Games, and we couldn’t be more excited and honored to experience the incredible Japanese culture as a group. This game truly unites all of us across the globe.”

This will be the first Japan visit for both teams. The Warriors last participated in the NBA Global Games in China in 2017 with two games against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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They also played Spain and France in 1994, in China in 2008 and in China again in 2013.

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