Report: Chinese Government Cancels Lakers Event in Shanghai

Robert Marvi
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Ahead of their two preseason NBA contests against the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday and Saturday in China, the Los Angeles Lakers had an NBA Cares event scheduled.

According to multiple reports, the Chinese government canceled the event, just mere hours before it was to begin.

This decision was apparently made in the wake of a tweet by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, which simply consisted of a graphic image that showed support for protestors in Hong Kong. These protestors are against the passing of a proposed law that would allow suspects in that special administrative region to be sent to the mainland of China to face trial.

The Chinese government has become increasingly skeptical of foreign influence in these protests, especially from the United States.

Following Morey’s tweet, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said that he had the Rockets executive’s back, saying that the league supported his free speech rights.

“There is no doubt, the economic impact is already clear,” Silver said to Kyodo News in Tokyo on Monday. “There have already been fairly dramatic consequences from that tweet, and I have read some of the media suggesting that we are not supporting Daryl Morey, but in fact we have.

“I think as a values-based organization that I want to make it clear … that Daryl Morey is supported in terms of his ability to exercise his freedom of expression.”

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif., and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s and fell in love with the Nick Van Exel-led Lakers teams. He truly cherishes the Kobe Bryant-era of Lakers basketball and the five world championships that came with it, and is looking forward to the team's next NBA title.