Li Kaier, the first naturalized Chinese men's basketball player, will make his debut in the International Solidarity Cup!


It is reported that the first naturalized player of the Chinese men's basketball team, Kyle Anderson (Lee Kyle), will make his debut at the FIBA International Solidarity Cup sponsored by Meibo in Shenzhen on August 20, 2023. CCTV will broadcast this game.

Li Kaier is 2.06 meters tall and weighs 104 kilograms. He was born on September 20, 1993 and has played for the NBA Spurs, Grizzlies, and Timberwolves. He is currently an active player for the Timberwolves and averaged 8.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.8 steals, and 0.5 blocks per game last season. In this season, the NBA has played luxury triple double data for many times, which is called "essence of human peristalsis" and "sledgehammer" by Chinese fans. He has a very good sense of rhythm and excellent coordination ability, which can activate the attack of the Chinese team.

Li Kaier has one eighth of Chinese ancestry, and his great grandfather is named Li Chongxin (Samuel Li). In the 1920s, he went to Jamaica to search for gold, married and gave birth to Li Kaier's grandmother Marianne. Later, Marianne moved to the United States and gave birth to Susanna, the mother of Lee Kyle, at her home in Xi'an, New Jersey. In 2018, Li Kaier came to Shenzhen to search for his roots and was warmly welcomed by the Li family in Xinmuxin Village, Pinghu. He was also given the name "Li Kaier" and included in the family tree.
With the efforts of the Chinese Basketball Association and the General Administration of Sport of China, Li Kaier, who has both Chinese ancestry and recognition of traditional Chinese culture, and strong strength, ultimately became the first naturalized player in the Chinese men's basketball team. The warm-up match between the Chinese men's basketball team and Serbia in the International Solidarity Cup on August 20th was Li Kaier's first appearance in a Chinese jersey, which will surely attract the attention of fans across the country.

The 2023 FIBA Men's Basketball World Cup will be held from August 25th to September 10th. In the group stage, the Chinese men's basketball team and Serbia are both in Group B. If they leave the group, the Chinese men's basketball team is likely to face the Italian men's basketball team. Therefore, the two matches of China vs Serbia and Italy vs Brazil in the International Solidarity Cup will be broadcasted by CCTV.

As the official partner of the "International Solidarity Cup" and the official sponsor of the Serbian national men's basketball team, Meibo looks forward to the complete success of the "International Solidarity Cup", looks forward to exciting matches from the Chinese and Serbian teams, and looks forward to Li Kaier's outstanding debut performance.