The NBA is constantly looking to expand its brand in order to reach and make new fans from all corners of the world. One of the ways which they have been doing it this preseason is playing games halfway across the world in China.
The Golden State Warriors and the Minnesota Timberwolves have been the focus of the NBA's preseason tour in China, as the two teams have been playing multiple games against one another in different cities across the country in the span of a couple of days.
While this is great for the NBA's brand, not everyone has enjoyed the trip, as Warriors' Draymond Green voiced his unhappiness about the trip, as he believes it has affected his diet and overall health.
Speaking about the effect of the China trip, Green told USA TODAY Sports: “I mean at the end of the day, my overall health probably will take a step back. Your conditioning, and eating the right things (are negatively affected). You head into the season, and you kind of want to tune your body up and eat healthy and this, that, and the other. So all those things that’s conducive to playing basketball take a hit.”
Green says trips like this take a big hit on players’ health, saying: “It’s a huge problem. You kind of take training camp and break it up. It’s not the norm, so I think it’s a humongous problem.
“You start to risk injury and all of those things, so we have a pretty professional team. Guys get their work in, but it’s still nothing like actual practicing and that tempo. It’s more a risk of injury than the season. We’ll figure it out over the season.”
The trip has adjusted how the team would usually prepare for an upcoming season, especially for one that is as important as an NBA title defense for Golden State. The trip to China not only means they're traveling more, but it also means they're playing fewer games due to the less time available.
This, in turn, could result in a slower start to the season for both the Warriors and the Timberwolves when the regular season begins in just a few weeks, but we'll have to wait and see if this is the case. Logic says it should be, but these are professional athletes as well, so they may be able to adapt more quickly than expected.