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Tweet creates rift between the National Basketball Association and China

Tweet creates rift between the National Basketball Association and China

And while the tweet was quickly deleted, the reaction from China has been swift and severe, with the Rockets going from one of the country's favorite teams to a blacklisted one nearly overnight.

The Shanghai Sports Federation (上海市體育總會) announced on Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 9) the cancelation of an NBA event for fans scheduled for that night, citing the "improper remarks" by Houston Rockets manager Daryl Morey and the "improper claim" by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver as reasons for doing so, reported CNA.

The NBA's initial response to Morey's tweet drew bipartisan criticism from prominent US politicians, including Sen.

Before San Antonio's preseason game against the Heat on Tuesday, Popovich offered praise for commissioner Adam Silver for how he's handled the firestorm that followed a tweet from Rockets general manager Daryl Morey. On Tuesday, that was extended to exhibition games between the Lakers and Nets in China this week. The NBA is enormously popular in China, which canceled the broadcast of NBA exhibition games.

The NBA has been steeped in controversy after Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey accidentally created an worldwide conflict when he tweeted a picture showing solidarity for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

But on Wednesday, an editorial in the official English-language China Daily accused Silver of "brazenly endorsing Morey's secessionist-supporting tweet" and giving "a shot to the arms of the rioters of Hong Kong".

The NBA's efforts to please the Chinese government appear not to be limited to the issuance of obsequious press statements and the disavowal of criticism of the oppressive Communist regime.

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In a Facebook post explaining its decision last week, the firm said it had "never taken a political position", without mentioning the Hong Kong protests or China. "It is inevitable that people around the world - including from America and China - will have different viewpoints over different issues".

Bannon said that National Basketball Association fans should demand an explanation from the Houston Rockets owner and National Basketball Association officials.

The NBA initially described the anger over Morey's post as "regrettable", drawing criticism from US politicians, who accused the league of putting its China business ahead of free speech.

As a result, its government and nationalist voices online lash out at any foreign comments perceived as challenging its territorial integrity, as Morey's tweet was widely viewed in China.

Smartphone maker Vivo said it was pulling out, while Master Kong, a maker of instant noodles and beverages, said it ended all NBA-linked marketing activities.

"Silver's about face, which will definitely give a shot to the arms of the rioters in Hong Kong, shows his organisation is willing to be another handy tool for U.S. interference in the special administrative region", the state-run China Daily newspaper said in an editorial.

The NBA's woes in China also revive memories of the wrath faced a few years ago by brands from Hyundai Motor Co.to Amorepacific Corp., which saw their sales plunge from a boycott. Standing next to All-Star teammate Russell Westbrook, he added, "For both of us individually, we go there once or twice a year".


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