The NBA’s relationship with China is on fire now after Rockets GM Daryl Morey posted a tweet supporting Hong Kong in the middle of their political dispute involving China. Since then, NBA preseason games have been taken off the air, Rockets paintings at a Shanghai basketball gym featuring their logo, Tracy McGrady and James Harden were taken down, along with the scheduled Nets-Lakers preseason game.
An NBA Cares event involving the Lakers was supposed to take place today in Shanghai and would’ve benefited the Special Olympics is now off, according to ESPN. The league says that it wasn’t their decision. In addition to this, an event for NBA fans was canceled.
The Nets’ NBA Cares event on Tuesday was cancelled by the government in China too. It was supposed to take place at an educational center. Despite the circumstances, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league would still donate computers to them.
Silver told both the Nets and Lakers that the league still intends to go forward with the game on Thursday. Media sessions have since been called off. The NBA has had a strong relationship with China over the years and their relationship could come to an end soon. It’ll be interesting to see if this do get resolved and NBA activity in the country will resume.