The NBA and USA Basketball are still considering playing in China later this year, though the complexities of both the political rift caused by a tweet last fall and the ongoing health concerns in the world’s most populous country are making those plans seem decidedly uncertain.
NBA: Shaquille O'Neal backs Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey over Hong Kong pro-democracy tweet
NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal gave his support to Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey on Tuesday, saying the executive "was right" in his comments that ignited a furore between the NBA and China.
NBA 2019-20: Brooklyn Nets' clash with Toronto Raptors draws Hong Kong protest backers as NBA-China row simmers
Several hundred people clad in T-shirts that read "Stand with Hong Kong" chanted slogans in support of the protesters from the Barclays Center stands during the Nets' pre-season showdown against the Toronto Raptors, the reigning champions.