A comment by the GM of the Houston Rockets supporting pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong has sparked anger in China. With its millions of fans, the country is an important market for the NBA and its corporate sponsors.
Several Bundesliga clubs are active in China. As the recent controversy involving the NBA has demonstrated, while the potential financial rewards are enormous, doing business with Chinese partners can be challenging.
Despite some fears of protest, or even cancellation, the NBA's preseason match in Shanghai went ahead on Thursday. Brooklyn Nets beat Los Angeles Lakers but there was plenty of political intrigue away from the court.
From blocking airports to using encrypted messaging apps, the tactics used by anti-government demonstrators in Hong Kong have been increasingly adopted by protesters in places like Indonesia and Catalonia.
Thieves in Germany stole over €500,000 worth of items from the house of NBA player Dennis Schröder over the weekend. They made off with jewelry and cash.
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