Wednesday April 15th, 2015

The NBA will hold Fan Appreciation Day on Thursday as part of "a worldwide effort to thank our fans around the world via social media." The day will consist of 24 online chats with more than 20 current and former players.

The NBA's social media accounts will also offer fans free merchandise including signed jerseys and basketballs, as well as NBA League Pass playoff codes.

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The 24 chats will be held on the NBA's corresponding regional social media accounts as follows:

Country/Region Chat Time (ET) Local Time Player / Legend Language Platform
Greece 8:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m. Peja Stojakovic Greek Facebook
Africa 9 a.m. 3 p.m. Dikembe Mutombo English Facebook
Germany 9 a.m. 3 p.m. Detlef Schrempf German Facebook
Mexico 11 a.m. 10 a.m. Eduardo Najera Spanish Facebook
Brazil Noon 1 p.m. Anderson Varejao Portuguese Facebook
Spain Noon (TBD) 6 p.m. (TBD) Jose Calderon Spanish Facebook
Turkey 1:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m. Tim Hardaway English Facebook
Italy 2 p.m. 8 p.m. Danilo Gallinari Italian Facebook
Argentina 2 p.m. 3 p.m. Carlos Delfino Spanish Twitter
UK 4 p.m. 9 p.m. James Worthy English Facebook
Canada 4 p.m. 3 p.m. Ben Gordon English Facebook
Enebea 5 p.m. 5 p.m. Jorge Gutierrez Spanish Facebook
Global 5:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. Isiah Thomas English Facebook
New Zealand 7 p.m. 11 a.m. Sean Marks English Facebook
Canada 8 p.m. 7 p.m. Andrew Wiggins English Facebook
Japan 8 p.m. 9 a.m. Yuta Tabuse Japanese Facebook
India 9 p.m. 7:30 a.m. Sim Bhullar English Facebook
China 9 p.m. 9 a.m. Jeremy Lin Chinese Weibo
Indonesia (LINE account) 9:15 p.m. 9:15 a.m. Jeremy Lin English LINE
Taiwan 9:30 p.m. 9:30 a.m. Jeremy Lin Chinese Facebook
Indonesia (FB account) 10 p.m. 10 a.m. Gary Payton English Facebook
Philippines 10 p.m. 10 a.m. Jordan Clarkson English Facebook
Australia TBD TBD TBD English Facebook
France TBD TBD TBD French Facebook

Additionally, the NBA plans to share individual player shoutout videos in-language, photo galleries and more through its social media platforms, which the league says collectively now have more than 811 million likes and followers.

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