hile Thursday’s preseason game in Shanghai between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets will evidently still be played, it will not be advertised, promoted, or broadcast in China.
The Shanghai Sports Federation canceled a scheduled fan event on Wednesday night because of “inappropriate comments made by the NBA’s Houston Rockets General Manager (Daryl) Morey and the inappropriate statement of NBA Commissioner (Adam) Silver.” The event was supposed to benefit the Special Olympics.
This comes after a similar fan event involving the Nets was canceled on Tuesday by Shanghai’s Education Bureau.
Meanwhile, advertisements promoting the upcoming game have been removed across the city.
Shanghai is removing NBA ads.
Goodbye to the NBA. pic.twitter.com/8DeXdOcc63
— XIJIN LI (@XijinLi) October 9, 2019
— Rachel Cheung (@rachel_cheung1) October 9, 2019
Going on now: the big signage for the NBA Lakers Nets game in Shanghai is being taken down. Game hasn’t been played yet btw pic.twitter.com/dTkMeZpQgs
— Howard Chen 陈定豪 (@TheHoChen) October 9, 2019
NBA signage is coming down in Shanghai. pic.twitter.com/M9CUGBAcaZ
— Bill Oram (@billoram) October 9, 2019
Workers are ripping off a big NBA ad of tomorrow's Lakers VS Nets game in Shanghai. Still unclear if they can play. When asked why it's taken down, a worker said "no idea, orders from above." pic.twitter.com/cYul3xty9Z
— Lin Qiqing (@lqq91926) October 9, 2019
Though there has been no indication that the game will be outright canceled. Chinese state broadcaster CCTV announced on Tuesday that it would not be showing the match, nor the follow-up game in Shenzhen.
When Los Angeles Lakers players, including LeBron James, landed in Shanghai, there were reportedly only dozens of Chinese fans waiting for them — who then covered their faces when cameras were pointed at them.