Chinese state television did not air the NBA’s opening night games Tuesday, and the league’s streaming partner, Tencent, reduced its schedule and showed just the Lakers-Clippers contest.
Outside that game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, a group of protesters chanted and offered fans T-shirts that read: “Fight For Freedom Stand For Hong Kong.” A smattering of fans wore them inside Staples during the game.
CCTV said NBA commissioner Adam Silver will face “retribution sooner or later” for saying last week that Chinese officials made it clear they wanted Morey fired. The Chinese government denied Silver’s claim.
CCTV didn’t give a reason for extending the ban into the regular season; it hasn’t shown games since Morey’s tweet.
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