NBA Returns to Chinese State TV After Enes Kanter Freedom Removed

China Central Television (CCTV) on Wednesday night aired the first National Basketball Association (NBA) game in 17 months, seemingly concluding a blackout that began soon after Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey shared an image supportive of the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement. 

Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter poses for a photo during the Boston Celtics Media Day, Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, in Canton, Mass. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

China Applauds Return of NBA, Urges It to ‘Undertake Lobbying’ for China in U.S.

China’s state-run Global Times on Sunday touted the participation of the U.S. National Basketball Association (NBA) at China’s first International Consumer Products Expo, scheduled for May 7-10 in the city of Haikou. The Global Times suggested the event will give the NBA an opportunity to repair its relationship with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) after Houston Rockets manager Daryl Morey expressed support for the Hong Kong democracy movement in 2019.

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