Chinese basketball fans wearing the Los Angeles Lakers jerseys of LeBron James and Kobe Bryant watch the Lakers play the Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai in October, 2019. Photo: Reuters Chinese basketball fans wearing the Los Angeles Lakers jerseys of LeBron James and Kobe Bryant watch the Lakers play the Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai in October, 2019. Photo: Reuters
Chinese basketball fans wearing the Los Angeles Lakers jerseys of LeBron James and Kobe Bryant watch the Lakers play the Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai in October, 2019. Photo: Reuters
Jonathan White
Opinion

Opinion

Jonathan White

Covid-19, Kobe and China: LeBron James leading LA Lakers to NBA Finals is fitting amid the chaos

  • Kobe Bryant’s death and coronavirus pandemic have disrupted a season that started with crisis in China and ends with Miami Heat
  • Politicisation of NBA’s relationship in the country and criticism of Lakers star James makes it apt he is still standing

Chinese basketball fans wearing the Los Angeles Lakers jerseys of LeBron James and Kobe Bryant watch the Lakers play the Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai in October, 2019. Photo: Reuters Chinese basketball fans wearing the Los Angeles Lakers jerseys of LeBron James and Kobe Bryant watch the Lakers play the Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai in October, 2019. Photo: Reuters
Chinese basketball fans wearing the Los Angeles Lakers jerseys of LeBron James and Kobe Bryant watch the Lakers play the Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai in October, 2019. Photo: Reuters
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