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LeBron under fire for comments on NBA-China row

Oct 15, 2019 - 8:58 PM

After criticizing a Rockets executive for angering China with a 'misinformed' tweet, LeBron James draws flak for 'parroting communist propaganda'

EMBATTLED. The outspoken LeBron James gets into trouble for his opinion on the raging NBA controversy. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron blames China mess on Rockets GM's 'misinformed' tweet

Oct 15, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The NBA controversy continues as LeBron James' comments draw praise in China, but harsh criticism in the United States

Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Nets beat Lakers to bring merciful end to tense China tour

Oct 13, 2019 - 7:40 AM

As the NBA's controversial preseason China tour wraps up, it leaves behind questions over the future of a key market

STILL POPULAR. On court, Chinese fans continue to cheer for NBA superstars like LeBron James. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Time out? China's NBA row suddenly cools

Oct 12, 2019 - 9:47 AM

After a week of ferocious attack on the NBA, China's state press and internet now appear to be skirting the issue

TRUCE. The NBA-China feud starts to simmer down. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

NBA cancels all Lakers-Nets press events in China

Oct 11, 2019 - 5:58 PM

The NBA says the China row has put the players in a 'complicated and unprecedented situation'

NO MORE QUESTIONS. Visiting NBA players like Lakers superstar LeBron James and the Nets' DeAndre Jordan will just let their games do the talking. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Warriors coach Kerr shrugs off Trump criticism

Oct 11, 2019 - 4:15 PM

US President Donald Trump says Steve Kerr – a longtime critic of the president – 'looked like a little boy' when the Warriors coach declined to comment on the NBA-China row

Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Curry cautious, Barkley blasts 'idiots, fools' in NBA-China row

Oct 11, 2019 - 10:35 AM

As the NBA controversy in China rages on, Warriors star Steph Curry takes a wait-and-see stance while legend Charles Barkley rips league critics

CIRCUMSPECT. ’We understand this is a business,’ says NBA superstar Steph Curry. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Hail King James: NBA reigns for a night in China game

Oct 11, 2019 - 8:36 AM

The preseason Shanghai clash between the Lakers and the Nets shows it will be difficult to shake the NBA's huge following among passionate Chinese fans

MAIN DRAW. LeBron James mesmerizes Chinese fans even as the Lakers bow to the Nets. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Controversy-hit Rockets beat Raptors in Japan preseason game

Oct 10, 2019 - 11:04 PM

The Rockets split their preseason games with the NBA champion Raptors in a Japan tour overshadowed by the controversial tweet of Houston's general manager

Russell Westbrook picks up his first preseason victory with the Rockets. Photo by AFP

NBA game to go ahead in China despite free speech row

Oct 10, 2019 - 2:38 PM

LeBron James and the Lakers take on the Brooklyn Nets in a Shanghai preseason game amid a controversial pro-democracy tweet that has angered China

Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

Hong Kong supporters removed from 76ers-Guangzhou game

Oct 10, 2019 - 1:01 PM

Two fans get escorted out during the preseason game of the Philadelphia 76ers and the Guangzhou Lions for yelling and flashing 'Free Hong Kong' signs

PRESEASON. Shake Milton and the Sixers overpower the Guangzhou Lions in an exhibition match. Photo from Philadelphia 76ers

Spurs coach Popovich 'thrilled' by NBA stand in China row

Oct 10, 2019 - 11:02 AM

Amid a rift that threatens the NBA's lucrative business in China, coach Gregg Popovich praises NBA commissioner Adam Silver for coming out 'strongly for freedom of speech'

ALL PRAISE. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says Silver has been ‘a heck of a leader.’  Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images/AFP

NBA's sheer dominance could limit damage from China backlash

Oct 09, 2019 - 11:59 PM

It's the biggest game in town and that leverage may just carry the NBA past the China crisis

ADVANTAGE. LeBron James and the NBA enjoy a huge following in China. Photo by AFP

Shanghai cancels NBA fan event over 'inappropriate' HK comments

Oct 09, 2019 - 4:36 PM

China calls off an NBA fan night on the eve of a preseason game pitting the Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets

HEATED. The NBA and China row continues even as several NBA players like LeBron James and Anthony Davis remain in Shanghai for the Los Angeles Lakers’ scheduled events with the Brooklyn Nets. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Chinese media slam NBA 'about face' on Hong Kong

Oct 09, 2019 - 2:41 PM

As the NBA insists it won't apologize for a controversial Hong Kong tweet, Chinese media say there's now 'little room for reconciliation'

FIRESTORM. James Harden and the Houston Rockets – who are in Japan for preseason events – get a lot of backlash in China. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

NBA champion Raptors trip Rockets in Japan preseason game

Oct 09, 2019 - 10:08 AM

The Raptors spoil the Harden-Westbrook Rockets debut in a Japan preseason game overshadowed by the NBA's China furor

HOT START. Raptors guard Fred VanVleet takes a shot in front of Rockets stars James Harden (left) and Russell Westbrook in their NBA preseason basketball game in Saitama. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Yao Ming 'extremely hot' over NBA's China crisis

Oct 08, 2019 - 9:01 PM

NBA commissioner Adam Silver says Yao Ming was 'extremely upset', 'extremely unsettled' and 'extremely hot' on the Hong Kong tweet furor

CUTTING TIES. Yao Ming cuts ties with his former NBA team Houston Rockets for Daryl Morey's comments. Photo from Instagram (@yao)

NBA: 'We are not apologizing' for Hong Kong tweet

Oct 08, 2019 - 6:59 PM

'The NBA will not put itself in a position of regulating what players, employees and team owners say or will not say on these issue,' says NBA commissioner Adam Silver

NO APOLOGY. The NBA is not liable for the statements of its teams in the league. Photo from Twitter/@HoustonRockets

China punishes NBA as crisis over democracy tweet deepens

Oct 08, 2019 - 5:35 PM

China continues to consider more punishments for the NBA over a Hong Kong tweet furor

TWEET FUROR. NBA China and the Brooklyn Nets cancel their media event two hours before it was slated to start. Photo from Brookyln Nets' Twitter

China state TV to suspend broadcast of NBA exhibition games

Oct 08, 2019 - 4:56 PM

'We believe that any comments that challenge national sovereignty and social stability are not within the scope of freedom of speech,' says CCTV in a statement

SUSPENDED. The Los Angeles Lakers' China exhibition game against the Brooklyn Nets will not be broadcasted by CCTV. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/ AFP)

NBA, Nets cancel Shanghai media event

Oct 08, 2019 - 4:09 PM

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

CANCELED. Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets arrive in Shanghai before their exhibition game against the Los Angeles Lakers got canceled. Photo from Brooklyn Nets Twitter

NBA backs free speech after Hong Kong tweet furor

Oct 08, 2019 - 2:16 PM

'Daryl Morey is supported in terms of his ability to exercise his freedom of expression,' says NBA Commissioner Adam Silver

APOLOGY. James Harden apologizes to China for Daryl Morey's tweets supporting the Hong Kong protests. Photo from Houston Rockets' Twitter account (@HoustonRockets)

NBA champion Raptors, Lowry agree on $31M one-year deal

Oct 08, 2019 - 12:24 PM

Kyle Lowry's deal with the Raptors produces the largest salary cap hit for an NBA player who will be 34 or older

EXTENDED. Kyle Lowry stays with the 2019 NBA champions Toronto Raptors for another year. File photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: After major losses, Kerr says Warriors need to 'work much harder'

Oct 07, 2019 - 8:41 PM

The Warriors will head into the NBA season without Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, and Shaun Livingston – all key players in their 5 straight trips to the finals

NEW-LOOK. Steve Kerr says the Warriors are back into experimenting, just like what they did during the beginning of their five-year dominance. File photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Rockets exec says Hong Kong tweet not meant to offend China

Oct 07, 2019 - 3:34 PM

The Rockets have received flak from Chinese fans after general manager Daryl Morey tweeted 'Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong'

ON THE DEFENSIVE. Daryl Morey says his views do not represent the Houston Rockets or the NBA. Photo from Instagram/@darylmorey

'We love China': Harden sorry over Rockets GM's Hong Kong tweet

Oct 07, 2019 - 1:40 PM

The tweet sent out by Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has cost the franchise TV exposure and sponsorship in the lucrative Chinese market

DAMAGE CONTROL. James Harden says he 'loves' playing in China. File photo Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

China's CCTV suspends Houston Rockets broadcasts

Oct 07, 2019 - 12:10 PM

The development comes after Rockets general manager Daryl Morey posted a tweet showing support for the Hong Kong protests

SAVING WHAT'S LEFT. The Rockets have been in damage control since Daryl Morey sent the controversial tweet. Photo from Twitter/@HoustonRockets

Paul Pierce says the Clippers are the 'team to beat'

Oct 02, 2019 - 3:15 PM

'Right now, I have to say the Clippers are the team to beat,' says 10-time NBA All-Star Paul Pierce

FOR THE CLIPPERS. Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce puts his bet on the Los Angeles Clippers for the NBA title. File photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images/AFP

Cignal, SKY negotiate joint bid for NBA broadcast

Oct 01, 2019 - 4:02 PM

Cignal TV and SKY are in negotiations with NBA after Solar Entertainment terminates airing NBA Premium and BTV

WATCHING NBA. Local cable TV networks Cignal and SKY are looking to broadcast NBA games in the Philippines. File photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

George won't make Clippers debut in October

Sep 30, 2019 - 1:17 PM

Paul George says he would miss the entire pre-season and at least the first 10 days of the upcoming NBA season

WAITING GAME. Paul George teaming up with Kawhi Leonard in an official NBA game will have to wait a little bit longer. Photo from Instagram/@ygtrece

Harden, Westbrook want to play for USA at Tokyo Olympics

Sep 28, 2019 - 11:28 AM

Rockets stars James Harden and Russell Westbrook hope to bring their explosive tandem to Team USA's Olympic campaign

ROCKET MEN. Russell Westbrook and James Harden add their names to the list of NBA superstars committing to play in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Photo from Houston Rockets

After 'failed' Celtics leadership role, Irving seeks new start with Nets

Sep 28, 2019 - 10:29 AM

Kyrie Irving regrets failing his Boston Celtics teammates but vows not to make the same mistakes with the Brooklyn Nets

Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron bullish on new Lakers teammate Davis

Sep 28, 2019 - 9:35 AM

'It's exciting to have such a beautiful young mind, a beautiful player but also a great leader as well,' LeBron James says of fellow superstar Anthony Davis

POWER PAIR. LeBron James and Anthony Davis hope to lead the Los Angeles Lakers deep into the NBA playoffs this season. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Lakers star Kuzma sidelined indefinitely with foot injury

Sep 28, 2019 - 1:53 AM

Kyle Kuzma won't be suiting up just yet when the Lakers open training camp this weekend

NBA to test single foul shots in developmental league

Sep 27, 2019 - 10:05 AM

The NBA G League tests a new rule this season where all fouls will be rewarded with only one free throw

EXPERIMENTAL. A free throw attempt may be worth 1 to 3 points in the NBA G League starting this season. Photo by Ethan Miller/AFP

NBA 2K league adding Shanghai team in 2020

Sep 27, 2019 - 9:24 AM

The Gen.G Shanghai team becomes the NBA 2K's first franchise outside of North America

BIGGER FIELD. The competition gets tougher for Jazz Gaming’s MOAM and the rest of the NBA 2K cast. Photo from NBAE

Kyrie Irving day-to-day with facial fracture

Sep 26, 2019 - 10:06 AM

The Brooklyn Nets downplay the injury Kyrie Irving sustained during a workout

NOTHING SERIOUS. The Nets insist there's nothing to worry after new star recruit Kyrie Irving sustained an injury. Photo from Brooklyn Nets

Former Meralco import Emmett killed in Dallas shooting

Sep 24, 2019 - 11:26 AM

He was 37

UNFORTUNATE. Former Meralco Bolts import Andre Emmett dies in a shooting in Dallas. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Vince Carter signs with Hawks for historic 22nd NBA campaign

Sep 23, 2019 - 12:02 PM

Going strong at 42, Vince Carter will become the first player to compete in 4 different decades when he takes the court for the Hawks in 2020

IRON MAN. Vince Carter will be the first player in NBA history to see action in 22 seasons. Photo from Instagram/@atlhawks

NBA passes stricter tampering, salary cap regulations

Sep 21, 2019 - 2:37 PM

A tougher regulation on player tampering may result to fines up to $10 million or NBA Draft forfeiture

POWER MOVE. Issues on player tampering came to fore again after several blockbuster deals that include Paul George and Kawhi Leonard joining the LA Clippers. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP

NBA tightens traveling violations with new language

Sep 21, 2019 - 11:11 AM

Noting that the traveling violation has been one of the most 'misunderstood rules,' the NBA releases a new rule book and training video

NEW SEASON. The NBA tips off next month with some rule changes. Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images/AFP

Nets show Durant in new No. 7 jersey, Irving working out

Sep 20, 2019 - 9:24 AM

The Brooklyn Nets give a sneak peek of their NBA preseason with superstar recruits Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving

STAR POWER. Kyrie irving and Kevin Durant look to bring the young Nets deeper into the playoffs in the next few seasons. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas out 6-8 weeks after thumb surgery

Sep 19, 2019 - 2:20 PM

After playing just 12 games with the Nuggets last season, Isaiah Thomas still won't see action with his new team

 Isaiah Thomas  Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Curry says he plans to play for USA at Tokyo Olympics

Sep 19, 2019 - 9:39 AM

After Team USA's World Cup debacle, NBA stars like Steph Curry may see action in the Olympics for the first time

ALL IN. Steph Curry says he's looking forward to the Olympic experience. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

NBA champion Raptors launch branded sports hijab

Sep 15, 2019 - 11:57 AM

The Hijabi Ballers project, based in the Greater Toronto Area, seeks to recognize and celebrate the athleticism of Muslim girls and women

CHAMPION BRAND. The Toronto Raptors help raise awareness of Muslim women athletes. Screenshot from Twitter (@raptors)

Warriors veteran Shaun Livingston retires

Sep 14, 2019 - 12:19 PM

After a 15-year run, Shaun Livingston bids farewell to a career highlighted by 3 NBA championships with the Golden State Warriors

CHAMP. In an emotional Instagram post, Shaun Livingston pays tribute to everyone who helped him in his NBA journey. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

NBA to ban 'ninja-style' headbands

Sep 10, 2019 - 12:58 PM

The NBA moves to outlaw the hair accessory that is tied at the back of the head with two ends flowing loose

BANNED. Jimmy Butler is one of the NBA players who sport the 'ninja-style' headbands in games. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America/AFP

Kawhi Leonard's sister charged with murder

Sep 08, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Kimesha Monae Williams, the older sister of NBA star Kawhi Leonard, has been arrested for robbing and killing an 84-year-old woman at a casino

Kawhi Leonard. Photo from NBA

Nets forward Chandler issued 25-game doping suspension

Aug 30, 2019 - 11:08 AM

Just a month after joining the Brooklyn Nets, Wilson Chandler gets suspended for positive drug test

BANNED. Wilson Chandler (left), who saw action with the Clippers last season, won’t get to suit up yet for his new team as he serves a league suspension. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Arrest warrant issued for Lakers' Cousins on 'threat' claim

Aug 30, 2019 - 8:52 AM

An Alabama municipal court issues an arrest warrant for Lakers star DeMarcus Cousin over domestic abuse allegations

IN TROUBLE. Just over a moth after signing with the Lakers, DeMarcus Cousins faces more problems. Photo from NBA