China and the NBA

October 10, 2019

As of late, there has been a lot of controversy between the NBA and China. China has recently been one of the NBA’s primary focus points for continuing basketball growth. These past couple of seasons, the NBA has played both preseason and regular season games in China to promote their brand. Recently, the Houston Rockets played the Los Angeles Clippers in an exhibition game in China. Both games were tightly contested and enjoyable for the fans there. That is not what made it controversial. Before the second game, Rocket’s GM Daryl Morey tweeted out, “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong.” This was a gesture in support of pro-democracy protesters in the semi-autonomous region, who have been protesting for months to demand societal change from Beijing.

When I first saw this article, I thought it was very interesting. I didn’t think much of the tweet when I first saw it until I got to read more about it. There is a big movement in China and a person from America made a comment on it which didn’t settle well. This is definitely an attention grabber because of how timely it is, since the problem is ongoing. Also, this article was made to be read by the general audience, and audiences of all ages. There weren’t any screenshots of the tweets or anything that would be seen on a website that is made for the younger generation. Also, the article did a very good job explaining the story, why it was such a big deal, and had background on why this is going on in China.

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