Wizards Celebrate Chinese New Year
1/23/2012, 11:56 a.m.
Game between Washington and Boston Broadcasted in China
The Washington Wizards participated in the first-ever NBA Chinese New Year Celebration taking place the week of Jan 21-28 when they hosted the Boston Celtics at Verizon Center on Sun., Jan.22. The NBA and CCTV have partnered to broadcast the game in China on New Year's Day.
The game featured in-arena celebrations and concourse activities honoring Chinese culture including traditional musicians, singers, calligraphy, ping pong and tai chi demonstrations. Performers will also be on hand to showcase traditional attire. In addition, there was a halftime performance from the Wong People Chinese Lion Dancers.
As part of the celebration of the Year of the Dragon, players from both teams wore specially designed Chinese New Year shooting shirts from adidas, the league's official on-court apparel outfitter, which will be available for fans worldwide at NBAStore.com.
Bullets & Wizards Alumni Association president Bob Dandridge, also a member of the 1978 Championship team and the delegation that visited China in 1979, was joined by Chinese officials that took part in the "waking up of the lions" ceremony which is a symbolic gesture that highlights our partnership and to pass on the energy and spirit of the game to the fans.