Shanghai China, Brooklyn Nets

Shanghai China, Brooklyn Nets

NBA, Nets cancel Shanghai media event

NBA China tells the media that the event has been scrapped just 2 hours before it was due to start

10/8/2019 12:02:00 PM

NBA China tells the media that the event has been scrapped just 2 hours before it was due to start

NBA China tells the media that the event has been scrapped just 2 hours before it was due to start

Updated 4:09 PM, October 08, 2019CANCELED. Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets arrive in Shanghai before their exhibition game against the Los Angeles Lakers got canceled. Photo from Brooklyn Nets TwitterBEIJING, China – The NBA and Brooklyn Nets abruptly cancelled a media event in Shanghai on Tuesday, October 8 as the American basketball league struggles with a public relations crisis sparked by a tweet from a

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Houston Rockets executivebacking Hong Kong democracy protesters.Nets players, the team's Taiwanese-Canadian owner Joseph Tsai, and NBA China officials were scheduled to be on hand for the publicity event, ahead of a pair of exhibition games in China against the Los Angeles Lakers this week.

But the NBA China sent out a brief notice to media just two hours before it was due to start, saying it had been scrapped.The announcement gave no reason and NBA representatives did not immediately respond to AFP queries for an explanation, and to confirm whether other events and the games themselves would go ahead.

The NBA's China crisis erupted on Friday when the Houston Rockets' general manager posted a tweet backing protesters in the semi-autonomous southern Chinese city of Hong Kong who are demanding greater freedoms.China, which allows no dissent on the sensitive issue, immediately sought to punish the Rockets, with state-run TV cutting its games and Chinese sponsors abandoning the team.

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