The Golden State Warriors have the NBA’s best record, and arguably the league’s best fans. The team, which is based in Oakland but is set to move across the bay to San Francisco by 2018, offered a symbol of respect to its large contingent of Chinese and Chinese-American fans on Monday by unveiling their first-ever Chinese New Year uniforms. Team forwards Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green showed off the new unis at a press conference in San Francisco alongside that city’s mayor, Ed Lee, and the team’s chief operating officer, Rick Welts.
The team will debut the new uniforms on the court on Friday, February 20 when they match up against the San Antonio Spurs at Oracle Arena to tip off Chinese New Year, which begins on February 19. The team will also wear them again in February 24 at Washington, on March 2 at Brooklyn and March 4 versus the Milwaukee Bucks.
“We have been working with the NBA for two years now on our Chinese New Year uniforms to recognize the tremendous fan base that our Asian community represents,” said Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts. “Connecting with our Asian community is a priority for our organization and we are proud that we are going to be one of two teams in the NBA to debut a Chinese New Year-themed uniform as a way to thank our fans here in the Bay Area and abroad in China.”
The Houston Rockets also announced their Chinese New Year uniforms on Monday, making Golden State and Houston the first two NBA teams to debut such uniforms. The Rockets signed the league’s first Chinese superstar in Yao Ming, and also signed Chinese-American star guard Jeremy Lin in recent years.
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