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Sport NBA in China: Concern grows that Lakers-Nets games will be cancelled

18:00  08 october  2019
18:00  08 october  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

NBA postpones Nets-Lakers media sessions in Shanghai

  NBA postpones Nets-Lakers media sessions in Shanghai The NBA has postponed Wednesday's scheduled media sessions in Shanghai for the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers, and it remains unclear if the teams will play in China this week as scheduled. The teams were practicing in Shanghai on Wednesday, where at least two other NBA events in advance of the start of the China games were called off as part of the ongoing rift that started after Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey posted a tweet last week that showed support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong."Given the fluidity of the situation, today's media availability has been postponed," the league said.

NBA games draw huge numbers of viewers in China , with millions watching games primarily through streaming platforms. In May this year, the NBA opened its largest store outside North America in Beijing. The new NBA season starts on 22 October.

NBA Chief Communications Officer Mike Bass said the league recognized that Morey's tweet “deeply offended many of our friends and fans in China China has had teams in the U.S. playing preseason games this week, the Rockets are about to play two games in Japan and the Los Angeles Lakers

China will not air two preseason NBA games scheduled in China this week on TV and the Internet after NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s latest comments in Tokyo showing unwavering support for free speech and the growing rift between the league and China.

Media availability for players and Adam Silver in China cancelled

  Media availability for players and Adam Silver in China cancelled The NBA will play in China, but they will not be speaking.The Los Angeles Lakers will continue their preseason schedule in just a few hours, as they are set to take on the Brooklyn Nets at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. However, unlike your usual NBA basketball game, we will not be hearing from the participants in Thursday's preseason matchup. The NBA, according to multiple reports on the scene in Shanghai, will not speak to the media. The Chinese government cancelled both NBA Cares events scheduled for earlier this week.

The NBA ’s reaction to one of its executives speaking out on the anti-government protests in Hong Kong has received criticism from several US politicians.

The NBA China Games 2019 will be the NBA ’s 27th and 28th games in China , with 17 NBA teams having played games in Beijing, Guangzhou, Macao, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Taipei since 2004. The Lakers ’ roster currently features three-time NBA Champion LeBron James, 2016 No. 2 overall draft

There is concern the two games between the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers will be cancelled, a person in China with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the sensitive situation.

In a lengthy statement, Silver tried to clarify the NBA’s stance, saying, “It is inevitable that people around the world – including from America and China – will have different viewpoints over different issues.  It is not the role of the NBA to adjudicate those differences.

“However, the NBA will not put itself in a position of regulating what players, employees and team owners say or will not say on these issues. We simply could not operate that way.”

NBA scraps media access to teams in China, Saturday's game on

  NBA scraps media access to teams in China, Saturday's game on NBA scraps media access to teams in China, Saturday's game onThe teams had been scheduled to address news conferences on Friday afternoon, and the league's terse e-mail statement gave no reason for the cancellation. The league said earlier that Saturday evening's Lakers-Nets exhibition game in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, on the border with Hong Kong, will proceed.

The Lakers are headed to China for some preseason basketball in the middle of a heated situation between China , the While the Rockets had their preseason exhibitions canceled , the Lakers and While the political situation in China ahead of their matchup with the Nets might look murky, from a

The NBA ’s relationship with China dates back about 30 years to the time when former Commissioner David Stern struck a deal with Chinese television to show games on a tape-delayed basis. Stern even talked about having an NBA -sponsored or branded league in China . The first league office there had

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In addition to not airing the games, Chinese actors, musicians and celebrities have withdrawn from NBA-related events, and a Nets’ scheduled visit to a school in China has been cancelled.

The rift between China and the NBA that began over Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s tweet showing support for pro-democracy supporters in Hong Kong continues to grow, leaving the NBA in a sudden geopolitical crisis just before the start of the 2019-20 season.

The NBA tried to apologize to China for Morey’s tweet in a statement on Sunday, but two versions of the statement – one in English and one in Chinese – left more confusion. Silver and the NBA were also criticized for appearing to choose profit over freedom.

"I understand that there are consequences from that exercise of, in essence, his freedom of speech. We will have to live with those consequences," Silver told reporters in Tokyo.

Kyrie to miss Saturday's preseason game after aggravating facial fracture

  Kyrie to miss Saturday's preseason game after aggravating facial fracture Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving will miss Saturday's preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers after aggravating a facial fracture during the previous contest, the team announced Friday. Irving played just one minute in Thursday's affair in China before Lakers guard Rajon Rondo delivered inadvertent contact to his face. The six-time All-Star initially suffered the injury during an offseason pickup game and was sporting a protective mask during his Nets debut in China.

Hawley also called for the NBA to cancel two preseason games in China this week "pending a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Hong Kong.” The Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets are en route to China for those games and their players and coaches surely will be asked about the crisis.

Basketball can become as popular in India as it is in neighboring China and bringing pre-season games to The Lakers , 16-time champions, and Nets will play in Shanghai on Thursday followed by a game in “So for us we see all of that growing interest and the big macro factors around the country

He is Tokyo for two preseason games between Houston and Toronto, and he is expected to be in China later this week.

Adam Silver wearing a suit and tie: NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference before an NBA preseason basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors in Saitama, near Tokyo© The Associated Press NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference before an NBA preseason basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors in Saitama, near Tokyo

Before meeting with reporters, Silver tried to clear up any discrepancies with his lengthy statement Tuesday.

“I recognize our initial statement left people angered, confused or unclear on who we are or what the NBA stands for. Let me be more clear,” Silver’s statement began.

“Over the last three decades, the NBA has developed a great affinity for the people of China.  We have seen how basketball can be an important form of people-to-people exchange that deepens ties between the United States and China.

“At the same time, we recognize that our two countries have different political systems and beliefs.  And like many global brands, we bring our business to places with different political systems around the world.

“But for those who question our motivation, this is about far more than growing our business.

Anthony Davis suffers sprained thumb in Lakers’ exhibition loss to Nets in China

  Anthony Davis suffers sprained thumb in Lakers’ exhibition loss to Nets in China It doesn't appear serious but the team doctors will take a closer look once the Lakers get back home from China.Anthony Davis sprained his thumb on a first-quarter blocked shot against the Nets. Soon after he was taken out, got ice on it, and the team medical staff will look at more closely when the Lakers get home from China. Laker reporter Mike Trudell described what happened this way.

The association is headed by Yao Ming, a former Rockets player who made the team by far the most popular N.B.A. franchise in China . All of this comes just as the Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets are headed to China for a two- game exhibition. The Nets are owned by Joe Tsai, a co-founder

SHANGHAI – The NBA and Brooklyn Nets abruptly cancelled a media event in Shanghai on But the NBA China sent out a brief notice to media just two hours before it was due to start, saying The Nets are set to play the Lakers in Shanghai on Thursday, and in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on

“Values of equality, respect and freedom of expression have long defined the NBA – and will continue to do so.  As an American-based basketball league operating globally, among our greatest contributions are these values of the game.”

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NBA in China: Concern grows that Lakers-Nets games will be cancelled

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