Tag: National Basketball Assn

Chinese State Television Vows ‘Retribution’ Against N.B.A.’s Adam Silver

China Central Television, the state-run Chinese television network, said the N.B.A. Commissioner Adam Silver would face “retribution” for saying that the Chinese government asked him to fire a league executive who supported the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong this month. The public threat was broadcast Saturday evening in a commentary, in which CCTV also said […]

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N.B.A. Commissioner: China Asked Us to Fire Daryl Morey

Want more basketball in your inbox? Sign up for Marc Stein’s weekly N.B.A. newsletter here. The Chinese government asked the N.B.A. to fire a team executive who posted on social media in support of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, the league’s commissioner, Adam Silver, said on Thursday in his first public appearance in the United […]

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LeBron James Faces Backlash Unseen Since ‘The Decision’

It has been almost a decade since the last time LeBron James faced widespread backlash. Fans in Cleveland burned his jersey. They threw rocks at a billboard with his face on it. James was maligned as a narcissist by Dan Gilbert, the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, in a letter that was widely mocked. And […]

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LeBron James Says Executive Was ‘Misinformed’ in China Tweet

LOS ANGELES — LeBron James on Monday night sharply criticized Daryl Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets, for his recent tweet in support of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters. The tweet set off a furor for the N.B.A. last week while James and the Los Angeles Lakers were in China. “I believe he wasn’t […]

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American Basketball vs. Chinese Hardball. Guess Who Won.

BEIJING — Back in the Cold War, the sclerotic Soviet system proved no match for the lure of American soft power: bluejeans, jazz, rock ’n’ roll, Coca-Cola, Hollywood. All became symbols of American freedom and prosperity that no amount of communist prohibitions could stop. Today, China poses a far more formidable yet lucrative challenge for […]

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A Healthy Fear of China

“I have seen the future, and it works,” the left-wing journalist Lincoln Steffens famously declared, after observing Bolshevik Russia in its infancy. What was intended as a utopian boast soon read as a dystopian prediction — but then eventually, as Stalinist ambition gave way to Brezhnevian decay, it curdled into a sour sort of joke. […]

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N.B.A.-China Spat Shows Sports Isn’t (and Shouldn’t Be) Just About Games

The myth of sports sticking to sports died this week, from self-inflicted wounds and a global outbreak of compromised values. In the end, it never had a chance — even though some fans have trouble letting go of the idea. Memorial services were held at an N.B.A. news conference where a reporter asked a timely […]

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Why China Went to War With the N.B.A.

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher A seven-word tweet in support of Hong Kong’s antigovernment protests by Daryl Morey, general manager of the Houston Rockets, triggered a furor in both China and the United States. The ensuing controversy revealed the unspoken rules […]

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China Blows Whistle on Nationalistic Protests Against the N.B.A.

BEIJING — After three days of fanning nationalistic outrage, the Chinese government abruptly moved on Thursday to tamp down public anger at the N.B.A. as concerns spread in Beijing that the rhetoric was damaging China’s interests and image around the world. For days, China’s state-run news outlets and tightly controlled social media platforms had been […]

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China’s N.B.A. Fans Feel the Tug of Loyalty — Toward Beijing

SHANGHAI — The Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets tipped off on Thursday night in Shanghai in, undoubtedly, the most geopolitically important exhibition game in N.B.A. history. Yezi Zhang, a college student, was there, too, and her emotions were decidedly mixed. Ms. Zhang, a 24-year-old from the city of Hangzhou, was among a few […]

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Asked About N.B.A. Spat With China, Trump Instead Blasts Kerr and Popovich

President Trump declined to criticize China’s handling of a free speech dispute with the N.B.A. on Wednesday, instead opting to blast two basketball coaches who have spoken out against the president in the past. “They have to work out their own situation,” Trump said of the escalating dispute between the league and China, where two […]

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China Is a Minefield, and Foreign Firms Keep Hitting New Tripwires

BEIJING — For international companies looking to do business in China, the rules were once simple. Don’t talk about the 3 T’s: Tibet, Taiwan and the Tiananmen Square crackdown. No longer. Fast-changing geopolitical tensions, growing nationalism and the rise of social media in China have made it increasingly difficult for multinationals to navigate commerce in […]

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N.B.A. Commissioner Defends Daryl Morey as Chinese Companies Cut Ties

The main state television broadcaster in China announced Tuesday that it would not broadcast two N.B.A. preseason games scheduled for this week in Shanghai and Shenzhen, as the firestorm over a team executive’s Twitter post supportive of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong continued to escalate. In its statement, the broadcaster, China Central Television, chided Adam […]

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For Companies in China, Political Hazards Are Getting Harder to See

BEIJING — For international companies looking to do business in China, the rules were once simple. Don’t talk about the 3 T’s: Tibet, Taiwan and the Tiananmen Square crackdown. No longer. Fast-changing geopolitical tensions, growing nationalism and the rise of social media in China have made it increasingly difficult for multinationals to navigate commerce in […]

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The World’s Wokest Sports League Bows to China

The national editor of this newspaper last year asked the commissioner of the N.B.A. at a conference how it felt “to be the wokest professional sports league.” It was a fair description: While Colin Kaepernick has been unable to find a job in the N.F.L. after kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality, […]

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When It Comes to China, Silence Is Golden

“Fight for freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.” Daryl Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets, tweeted that message on Friday. It’s a sentiment that should command broad support in the United States, and throughout the free world. But the reaction from China, which does not number free expression among its cherished values, was swift […]

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Nets Owner Joe Tsai Didn’t Seem Political. Until Now.

The owners of major American sports franchises generally do not dive headlong into geopolitical firestorms. But not many owners have the background of Joe Tsai, a Taiwanese-born billionaire who recently became the primary owner of the Brooklyn Nets. This weekend, Tsai surprised many when he weighed in after the N.B.A. responded to a Twitter post […]

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Why the N.B.A. Apologized to China Over Daryl Morey’s Tweet About Hong Kong

HONG KONG — The N.B.A. is widely seen as the most permissive of the major American sports leagues when it comes to freewheeling speech, allowing its athletes and other representatives to speak out on thorny political matters without fear of retribution. Unless, apparently, the autocratic leaders of a lucrative market raise a stink. On Sunday, […]

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‘Stand With Hong Kong’? Not When N.B.A.’s Chinese Fortune Is on the Line

HONG KONG — The N.B.A. is widely seen as the most permissive of the major American sports leagues when it comes to freewheeling speech, allowing its athletes and other representatives to speak out on thorny political matters without fear of retribution. Unless, apparently, the autocratic leaders of a lucrative market raise a stink. On Sunday, […]

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N.B.A. Executive’s Hong Kong Tweet Starts Firestorm in China

The general manager of the Houston Rockets sought to quell an outcry in China on Sunday night after the support he expressed on Twitter for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong upset sponsors, media outlets and basketball officials in a country that invests billions in the N.B.A. The initial and quickly deleted message by the general […]

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