The NBA is being forced to come to terms with its new relationship with China. It’s supportive stance for social activism won’t wash in the authoritarian state. Photo: AFPThe NBA is being forced to come to terms with its new relationship with China. It’s supportive stance for social activism won’t wash in the authoritarian state. Photo: AFP
The NBA is being forced to come to terms with its new relationship with China. It’s supportive stance for social activism won’t wash in the authoritarian state. Photo: AFP
Tim Noonan
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Tim Noonan

NBA in China: choppy waters lie in wait for pious league as it crosses the Rubicon of sport and social justice

  • A highly damning ESPN expose about abuses at NBA academies in China counters the league’s mantra of protecting individual freedoms and human rights
  • How the NBA’s relationship with China plays out will be fascinating to watch, particularly now the games themselves seem secondary to the activism

The NBA is being forced to come to terms with its new relationship with China. It’s supportive stance for social activism won’t wash in the authoritarian state. Photo: AFPThe NBA is being forced to come to terms with its new relationship with China. It’s supportive stance for social activism won’t wash in the authoritarian state. Photo: AFP
The NBA is being forced to come to terms with its new relationship with China. It’s supportive stance for social activism won’t wash in the authoritarian state. Photo: AFP
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