In case you’ve been living under a rock over the past few days, there has been a near international incident involving Houston Rocket’s General Manager Daryl Morey, the NBA, and China.
Daryl Morey tweeted out a picture lending support to protestors in Hong Kong who have been fighting for independence.
This has caused a lot of drama. So much so that it may lead to pre-season games in China being cancelled.
Marc Stein from the New York Times and Jeff Zillgitt from USA Today Sports both reported growing concern that the Lakers and Nets game scheduled to take place on Thursday may be cancelled. The two teams also have a scheduled game in China on Saturday.
Nets owner Joseph Tsai was among those taking a hard stance against Morey’s tweet in an effort to save the NBA’s relationship with China.
This is a tricky situation for everyone involved, and the question now is when, or if, this situation is resolved.
It’s no secret that the NBA sees China as a vital market for their ambitions to grow the NBA into a global league. Their refusal to take a stance is noted, and it’s clear that they are concerned about a potential loss in money.
This story is still ongoing and we’ll just have to wait and see what the end results end up being. We will keep you updated on the situation, especially as it pertains to the Lakers.