NBA game to go ahead in China despite free speech row
SHANGHAI: The NBA confirmed an annual exhibition game in China would go ahead on Thursday (Oct 10), rejecting calls to scrap the event over a free ...
However the NBA confirmed on Thursday afternoon the Shanghai game would go ahead."The Lakers and the Nets will face each other in the NBA China game in Shanghai beginning tonight at 1930," the NBA said on its verified Chinese social media account.
The posts did not mention the second game of the series scheduled for the southern city of Shenzhen on Saturday.Silver and the NBA initially responded to Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's Friday tweet with statements that American politicians branded as kow-towing to China.
Rockets guard James Harden, in Japan for another exhibition game, also apologised to China even though he had not publicly expressed any views previously on the matter.ANGER OVER FREE SPEECH VOWThen, under mounting pressure in the United States, Silver on Tuesday made a strong defence of free speech and American values that provoked new outrage in China's state-controlled media.
"The long-held values of the NBA are to support freedom of expression, and certainly freedom of expression by members of the NBA community," Silver said in Japan.He added that the league would"have to live with" any consequences that may arise from that.
However although Chinese netizens called for fans to shun the league, a broader protest campaign on China's government-controlled internet is yet to take root.And there has been no suggestion yet that popular broadcasts in China of the NBA's upcoming regular season are in jeopardy.
After a video of fans waiting for players at their Shanghai hotel was posted to leading social media platform Weibo, a related hashtag quickly became one of the country's most viewed on Thursday.Responses were overwhelmingly critical of the NBA and its loyal Chinese fans, but many others called for cooler heads.
"James and many players are always good idols but the NBA needs to be responsible for what they said and did," one post said.READ: NBA chief backs 'free expression' after Hong Kong tweet furoreHong Kong has endured nearly four months of protests ignited by a now-scrapped plan to allow extraditions of criminal suspects to be tried in China's opaque courts.
They snowballed into a movement calling for more democratic freedoms, the biggest challenge to China's rule of Hong Kong since its handover from the British in 1997.China reacts fiercely to any questioning of its sovereignty over semi-autonomous Hong Kong, and state media has repeatedly warned foreign firms that voicing support for protesters could cost them access to China's market of 1.4 billion people.
The People's Daily, mouthpiece of the ruling Communist Party, on Wednesdaythat it alleged helped protesters identify police in Hong Kong.Apple responded quickly to the criticism, dropping the app on Thursday.USand Hong Kong's flagship airline, Cathay Pacific, have also been heavily criticised in China.Read more: CNA »
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