Former NBA vet adds spice to Leopards' NZ tour

Last updated 12:08 20/09/2013
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NZ BOUND: Donte Greene in action for the Sacramento Kings.

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NBA veteran Donte Greene has been confirmed as a late addition to the Dongguan Leopards for their three-game New Zealand tour against the Breakers.

The Brian Goorjian-coached Leopards from China are touring New Zealand in the first of what's hoped to be a regular series of games between the two clubs.

Originally it had been anticipated the Leopards would not have their American imports for the pre-season tour, but the addition of Greene, with more than 250 games of NBA experience, adds serious interest to the series.

The games are in New Plymouth (September 29), Hamilton (October 1) and Auckland's Vector Arena (Oct 3) as the Breakers complete preparations for the Australian NBL season which tips off on October 10.

Greene is a 2.11m power forward who played 253 games for the Sacramento Kings, averaging 2.1 rebounds and 6.1 points per game.

Most recently he spent two months at the Boston Celtics but has been released to play for the Leopards in the Chinese national league.

The Leopards are due to arrive in New Zealand on Thursday September 26. The Breakers are currently playing in the ANBL's pre-season Blitz tournament in Sydney

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