The Rockets are set to face a familiar preseason foe again this year.
Last preseason, the Rockets got the opportunity to play a game against the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association. This year, the same thing will happen!
In the second game of the preseason on October 5, the Sharks, owned by Yao Ming, will make their way over to Houston and play an exhibition match. If it is anything like last season’s match, it will not be anywhere close to a good game. However, it is still fun to see the Rockets compete against teams from other leagues around the world.
Here are the highlights from last year’s exhibition:
Other Preseason Games
The Rockets have some decent tests during the preseason. First off, they start October 3rd in Oklahoma City for a matchup against the Thunder. The Rockets will get to be the first to see what Paul George and Russell Westbrook can accomplish together.
Next, the team plays the Shangai Sharks in Houston on the 5th. Hopefully, the team can come out of there with a victory and no injuries. This game is one of two at home this preseason.
Thirdly, the Rockets travel to New York on the 9th for a matchup that will definitely be awkward. Carmelo Anthony will likely be playing for one of these two teams, and it should be interesting to watch them compete.
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The last road game is next on the 11th in Memphis. The Grizzlies are always a good and gritty matchup, how will they look this year without Zach Randolph? Will Chandler Parsons ever play like he did in Houston again?
Lastly, the Rockets play a classic preseason game against San Antonio in Houston. As it normally is, this one will be on national television (TNT). The previous game against Memphis will be as well.
Get excited, Rockets fans, basketball officially returns in under 40 days. Preseason hoops are in about 3 weeks. Let’s go!