National Basketball Association postpones Shanghai press event amid worsening spat with China

National Basketball Association postpones Shanghai press event amid worsening spat with China

National Basketball Association postpones Shanghai press event amid worsening spat with China

Following Fertitta's tweet, Morey posted a thread that did not apologize for supporting the protesters but did clarify that he was not speaking on behalf of the team.

Silver said the league also supported Brooklyn Nets owner and Alibaba Group co-founder Joseph Tsai, who issued a lengthy statement criticising Morey's tweet. ESPN reports Chinese athletic apparel maker Li-Ning also weighed in on the comments, saying they were also upset about the tweet.

The teams have two games scheduled in China - one today in Shanghai and one on Saturday in Shenzhen.

"It's not something we expected to happen", Silver told reporters.

Long-term damage to the relationship between the National Basketball Association and China could have considerable impact on the league given that an estimate from the league's streaming partner says as many as 500 million Chinese fans consume National Basketball Association content.

"I have the best general manager in the league". I was merely voicing one thought, based on one interpretation, of one complicated event. "We will have to live with those consequences". The Lakers were arriving there Tuesday.

However, on 8th October, NBA commissioner Adam Silver stated his support for the Rockets executive, telling reporters in China that his organisation was clear that "Daryl Morey is supported in terms of his ability to exercise his freedom of expression".

As the situation in Hong Kong intensifies, businesses have been increasingly caught in the crosshairs.

"Daryl Morey, as general manager of the Houston Rockets, enjoys that right as one of our employees", Silver said. Its apology on Sunday disappointed some who see the league as the most progressive of the US sports organizations, while Silver's support for Morey's right to speak his mind has left the league vulnerable in China. "The NBA wants money, and the Communist Party of China is asking them to deny the most basic of human rights".

The protests were sparked by a proposed extradition law that would have allowed suspects to be sent to China to face trial.

Protests have rocked Hong Kong for almost five months in response to a now-defunct extradition bill widely seen as the most recent erosion of the "one country, two systems" arrangement meant to preserve the city's high degree of autonomy as a Chinese territory. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang said Tuesday.

The club's sponsor in China, Shanghai Pudong Development Bank, suspended cooperation.

However, the league presented a very different stance in their statement on Weibo, stating that they were "extremely disappointed in the inappropriate comment". But Silver also admitted that he was a realist, knowing this issue with China isn't likely to blow over very soon.

Silver also responded to those criticizing the league's approach over the last several days, including some USA lawmakers. The league has been growing its fanbase in China successfully for three decades, and many players have lucrative sponsorship deals in the country.

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