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Monday, June 2, 2003
Yao returning to China for exhibition game

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Yao Ming will return to China with the Houston Rockets for exhibition games in October 2004.

Yao Ming
Yao

The Rockets will play the Sacramento Kings in games in Shanghai and Beijing, the first ever played by the NBA in China. They will feature the 7-foot-6 Yao, who was the first overall choice in the draft last year.

The NBA also announced its overseas schedule for 2003 on Monday, including games in Saitama, Japan on Oct. 30 and Nov. 1 between Seattle and the Los Angeles Clippers to open the regular season.

Overseas exhibitions include Dallas and Utah in Mexico City on Oct. 5; Miami and Philadelphia in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Oct. 7; San Antonio and Memphis in Paris on Oct. 8; and Memphis vs. FC Barcelona in Barcelona on Oct. 10.