NBA: Lakers to play Red Army in exhibition game at Muslim vocation center

XINJIANG PROVINCE, CHINA (Xinhua) — The National Basketball Association of America has announced that the famous Los Angeles Lakers will play a fun exhibition game against the glorious Red Army team in a Xinjiang province vocational center this week.

“The game is part of President Xi’s important effort to educate China’s Muslim community about life in a democratic society,” said a statement from Chen Quanguo, Communist Party chief in Xinjiang.

LeBron James, the magnificent and best basketball player of all time, said he is looking forward to his next visit to the great nation of China.

“I’ve been there so many times and the level of excitement that they have for the game of basketball and us in general is very overwhelming and it’s special,” James told Lakers Nation. “I’m sure the Red Army contest will spread that excitement to the Muslim vocational students.”

Lakers Nation reported that “the NBA has long been a staple in China” and it “makes sense” that James is looking forward to this visit.

“Experiencing new places and cultures is something not everyone gets the chance to do, so James wanting his teammates to truly take everything in makes sense,” said Lakers Nation.

Chief Chen Quanguo told the NBA that Xinjiang has asked Lakers Nation to be its “sister province” in America.

“Brother LeBron knows we must never be afraid to do the wrong thing or to say the wrong thing or to even think the wrong thing,” said Quanguo. “That is why friendly sports competition is so important to understand each other.”

The California’s state worker retirement system, CalPERS, is fully funding the Lakers’ trip to Xinjiang as part of its outreach to government officials in China.

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