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Lakers and Nets players told game will go on, leading to frustration
ESPN's Rachel Nichols paints a picture of players developing frustration over the current state of the NBA in China.According to ESPN's Rachel Nichols, players on both teams are growing frustrated with the NBA putting them in a very uncomfortable situation. Also, due to several anti-NBA statements from the Chinese government, the typical fanfare that accompanied even LeBron Jr. earlier this year hasn't been around either NBA team in China.
The NBA and its owners aren't the only ones that are currently feeling the financial squeeze that came out of last week's NBA-China debacle triggered by a tweet indicating support for protestors in Hong Kong from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey.
, several front-offices are looking at scenarios that bring that salary cap down by as much as 15% for every team. But for players on the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets, the financial implications of the NBA's feud with China already played out in real time last week, via .
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.
Sources told The Athletic that several Lakers and Nets players lost money over broken deals in Shanghai that involved sponsorship appearances. China was fully halting business with the NBA and its players.
Given the NBA's popularity in China, players that would otherwise not be that notable in the United States likely had paid opportunities that are just not available in America. However, while players lost out a few easy pay days, it's probably the least of their problems after being caught up in a geopolitical firestorm that muzzled the normally outspoken league.
Lakers clear Anthony Davis to return .
Davis injured the thumb in the first quarter of the Lakers’ game in Shenzhen vs. the Nets on Saturday. The injury was initially diagnosed as a sprain, which was confirmed after the team returned to Los Angeles and conducted further tests. An MRI on Monday came back clean, showing no ligament damage.Although Davis is set to return to action, the Lakers are still without another key player. Kyle Kuzma, who is recovering from a stress reaction in his left foot, has been cleared for non-contact activity, but his status for opening night next Tuesday remains up in the air.
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