A worker removes a promotional banner for an NBA preseason game, in Shanghai on October 9. Chinese state media slammed the NBA for an “about-face” after the basketball body said it would not apologise for a tweet by Daryl Morey apparently supporting the protests in Hong Kong. Photo: AFP

NBA’s Daryl Morey can’t have his free speech and China profits too

  • While the Houston Rockets general manager is entitled to speak his mind, so are the NBA’s Chinese fans. Free speech does not mean freedom from any consequences
Topic |   NBA (National Basketball Association)

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A worker removes a promotional banner for an NBA preseason game, in Shanghai on October 9. Chinese state media slammed the NBA for an “about-face” after the basketball body said it would not apologise for a tweet by Daryl Morey apparently supporting the protests in Hong Kong. Photo: AFP
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A Los Angeles Lakers fan puts on a Chinese flag sticker before attending an NBA preseason game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets in Shenzhen on October 12. Photo: AFP
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Celine Sui

Why China insists foreign organisations, like the NBA, kowtow to its nationalistic red lines

  • China’s response to an NBA team manager’s tweet reveals the Communist Party’s skill in whipping up nationalist sentiment while containing the risks of doing so
  • The damage to China’s international reputation is offset by the domestic benefits

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A Los Angeles Lakers fan puts on a Chinese flag sticker before attending an NBA preseason game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets in Shenzhen on October 12. Photo: AFP
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