NBA charity events in China canceled; Lakers-Nets games next?

Two charity events and another for NBA fans in China have been canceled amid reported growing concerns that this week’s preseason games between the Nets and Lakers might also be called off as fallout continues from Rockets GM Daryl Morey’s since-deleted tweet supporting anti-government protesters in Hong Kong.

Two NBA Cares events, one Tuesday involving the Nets at an education center and another Wednesday with the Lakers to benefit Special Olympics, were canceled. The fan event also was scheduled for Wednesday but was canceled.

The league would only say that canceling the events was not its decision.

The NBA subsequently postponed the Lakers’ and Nets’ scheduled media sessions Wednesday in Shanghai, citing the “fluidity of the situation,” according to The Associated Press, which noted that “it remains unclear if the teams will play in China this week as scheduled.”

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