The tweet that threatened to derail NBA’s decades-long relationship with China, its most lucrative overseas market
Hours before tip-off on October 10 in Shanghai, it was still unclear if an exhibition game, featuring some of the top players of the National Basketball Association (NBA), would happen at all, following days of uproar that reverberated across the globe – the league drawn into a bitter feud over an event that doesn’t even appear on its calendar: five months of street protests in Hong Kong, and one of the city’s worst political crisis.The ensuing controversy led to a difficult week of cancelled…

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