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Mike Pence Slams Nike, NBA in China Speech

VP says NBA is acting like a 'wholly owned subsidiary' of Beijing

(Newser) - Vice President Mike Pence took a swipe at Nike and the NBA on Thursday in a speech criticizing communist China's record on trade and human rights, saying American corporations have been too willing to ignore censorship and repression in pursuit of profits. Pence singled out the shoe company for... More »

Silver: China Asked for Rockets GM to Be Fired

'There's no chance we'll even discipline him'

(Newser) - NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says Chinese officials wanted Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey to be fired for his tweet supporting anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, and the league emphatically dismissed the request. Silver also says the league is already feeling "substantial" financial losses because of the Chinese reaction... More »

South Park Responds to LeBron's Comments

With mockery, of course

(Newser) - South Park was quick to respond to LeBron James' controversial China comments. In an episode Wednesday titled "Let Them Eat Goo," some students at South Park Elementary School complain about the school lunches, so the cafeteria starts serving healthier options. Cartman is not happy, and after one of... More »

LeBron Speaks Out on China, Takes Immediate Flak

Lakers star faces backlash as critics call him a hypocrite on Hong Kong post by Rockets' GM

(Newser) - The controversial tweet by the Houston Rockets GM has made its way to LeBron Land. In early October, Daryl Morey tweeted in support of pro-democracy supporters in Hong Kong, angering China and hurling the NBA into the middle of a firestorm. Now LeBron James is weighing in, and he's... More »

An Uncomfortable Wrinkle in NBA's China Controversy

Former Rockets star Yao Ming is now a China basketball exec; flap involves old team

(Newser) - A tweet has caused a major rift between the NBA and China, and the league is now fending off criticism that its initial response to the controversy was too accommodating to Beijing. Meanwhile, a familiar name has become embroiled in the mess. Here's the latest:
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NBA Accused of 'Kowtowing' to China Over Hong Kong

Rockets GM faced furious backlash after tweeting in support of protesters

(Newser) - Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey expressed support for Hong Kong protesters Friday—then backtracked after a massive backlash from Beijing. The now-deleted tweet, which said "Fight For Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong," caused Chinese broadcasters to say they would no longer broadcast Rockets games, the BBC reports.... More »

NBA Star's Sister Accused of Killing Woman at Casino

Elderly woman was beaten, robbed

(Newser) - Police recommended that one of two suspects in the brutal murder of an 84-year-old woman be held without bail after they discovered that she had a wealthy brother: Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard. The Riverside County Sheriff's Department says Kimeshia Williams, 35, and Candace Townsel, 39, have been... More »

Medal of Freedom Goes to NBA Great Jerry West

Trump cites star's support for charities and veterans

(Newser) - Jerry West already had a logo. Now he has a medal. The former Lakers star was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, on Thursday by President Trump. "He made plays that will be remembered forever," Trump said in the Oval Office ceremony,... More »

Tears of Joy for NBA No. 1 Draft Pick

Duke powerhouse Zion Williamson is going to New Orleans

(Newser) - Zion Williamson plays with force and ferocity, a Hulk in hightops who looks as though he'd never show a soft side. Draft night proved otherwise. Williamson was the No. 1 pick of the New Orleans Pelicans—a surprise to nobody who watched basketball this past season. But afterward he... More »

Shoving Match Could Get Ugly for Raptors Prez

Masai Ujiri got into it with a sheriff's deputy after the big game

(Newser) - On the upside, the Toronto Raptors won the NBA championship. On the downside, the team's president may face charges for allegedly assaulting a sheriff's deputy Thursday after the championship victory, the CBC reports. Seems Raptors president Masai Ujiri tried to get on the Oakland court after the Raptors... More »

Raptors Capture First NBA Title

They beat Warriors 114-110 in Game 6

(Newser) - "We the North!" is now "We the Champs!" The Toronto Raptors captured Canada's first NBA championship—and the country's first major title in 26 years—with their most remarkable road win yet in the franchise's NBA Finals debut, outlasting the battered and depleted... More »

Fans' Reaction to Injured Star Doesn't Sit Well

Golden State's Kevin Durant goes down, and Toronto crowd cheers

(Newser) - Some sports injuries are bigger than others, and this one appears to fall onto the monumental side of the scale. One of the NBA's best players, Golden State's Kevin Durant, returned from a leg injury to play Game 5 of the finals against the Toronto Raptors Monday night—... More »

She Took Jay-Z's Drink Order. Then Came the Death Threats

Nicole Curran says misinterpreted look on Bey's face at NBA game led to 'cyberbullying'

(Newser) - Cyberbullying over a citrus slice? That's what Nicole Curran is claiming after an incident at an NBA Finals game Wednesday that she says led to death threats and the deletion of her Instagram account. ESPN reports that Curran, the wife of Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob, had been... More »

Warriors Co-Owner Banned for 'Unacceptable Misconduct'

Mark Stevens shoved, swore at Toronto Raptors player

(Newser) - If the Golden State Warriors stage a comeback and win the NBA Finals, co-owner Mark Stevens won't be there to see it. The Silicon Valley billionaire has been banned from NBA games and team events for a year and fined $500,000 for shoving Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry... More »

Clippers Fined $50K for Praise of Player on Another Team

NBA decides coach's comments were tampering

(Newser) - It may sound like Doc Rivers was just being nice and complimentary when he compared a Toronto Raptors star to NBA great Michael Jordan. Kawhi Leonard is the player who's the "most like Jordan that we’ve seen," Rivers, coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, said on... More »

How Lamar Odom Cheated the Olympics

The NBA champion found a way around the drug test

(Newser) - Lamar Odom admits he beat an Olympic drug test by using something huge, rubber, and black. In his new memoir Darkness to Light, the NBA champ says it was "one of the biggest honors in my career" to be offered a place on the US Men's Olympic basketball... More »

Celtics Legend John Havlicek Dies

1965 play immortalized him forever

(Newser) - John Havlicek's legacy was built over 16 years with the Boston Celtics, eight of them as NBA champions, making him among the best to ever play the game. One play immortalized him forever. "Havlicek stole the ball!" Celtics radio announcer Johnny Most screamed, a moment that remains... More »

Reporter Accuses NBA Coach Walton of Sexual Assault

Kelli Tennant is suing Luke Walton

(Newser) - Former Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton is being sued by a sports reporter who says he sexually assaulted her years ago. According to a lawsuit seen by TMZ , Kelli Tennant says Walton forced himself on her after inviting her back to his hotel room to discuss a book she... More »

Magic Johnson Makes Shock Announcement

He's stepping down as Lakers president

(Newser) - Magic Johnson abruptly quit as the Los Angeles Lakers' president of basketball operations Tuesday night, citing his desire to return to the simpler life he enjoyed as a wealthy businessman and beloved former player before taking charge of this franchise just over two years ago. Johnson didn't tell owner... More »

'Greatest Shooter in NBA History' Played With Blurry Vision

Steph Curry just got contacts, and 'it's like the whole world has opened up'

(Newser) - If you were impressed by Steph Curry's shooting skills, get ready for what may be coming now that he can actually see. The NBA star revealed this week to the Athletic , via the San Francisco Chronicle , that he recently got long-needed contact lenses due to blurry vision. Fox News... More »

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