With Exhibition Game in China Looming, NBA Charity Event Cancelled

Tim Kelly
October 09, 2019 - 11:53 am

Tuesday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said that the league would live with any consequences that the league would face in China because of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeting his support for Hong Kong protestors.

From a business perspective in China, the NBA continues to see backlash.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets are scheduled to play a game Thursday in Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China and another Saturday in Shenzhen Dayun Arenan in Shenzhen, China. Both of those games are still slated to take place.

That said, Wednesday morning, the Lakers were scheduled to host an event for "NBA Cares," which was ultimately cancelled.

China Central Television (CCTV) has already decided it won't air Thursday's game. CCTV is owned by the Chinese government.

Morey has since deleted the initial tweet, and offered two tweets apologizing. Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta tweeted that Morey "does NOT speak for the Houston Rockets" on this matter. Rockets superstar and former NBA MVP James Harden says that he, on behalf of the organization, apologizes for the tweet.

Outside of the NBA world, Morey's tweet hasn't been viewed the same way. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., says that the tweet made him proud. Two Democractic presidential candidates that have previously held office in Texas, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke and former HUD secretary Julian Castro also have voiced support for Morey's tweet.