All Chinese companies have suspended their cooperation with the NBA in the wake of a controversial tweet from one of the association’s general managers. However, Thursday’s game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai went on as scheduled, and Saturday’s game between the two teams in Shenzhen will continue as usual as well. At the same time, the attitude of this incident on the Chinese network is one-sided.
The broadcast of NBA games in China was suspended, and an event prior to a preseason game was canceled, following a tweet by a general manager about Hong Kong. Meanwhile, China’s state-run press accuses Apple of supporting the “agitators” by way of a mobile app.
The east and west conferences of the NBA have reached the playoffs. The NBA finals will begin May 30. In the meantime from the West conference will be decided who will reach the finals between Golden State and Portland. From the East conference the conference finals are between Milwaukee and Toronto.
There is glory, fame and money at stake. Each team in both conferences has invested in their success. There is one winner in each conference and one winner in the NBA Finals. Then will be chosen the MVP of the year.
- The first rounds of the NBA and NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs continue this weekend, with the NHL entering the “if necessary” portion of proceedings. Clear your schedule until mid-June, grab a seat in front of a screen, or four, and enjoy the games each night.
- The busiest two weeks of the Premier League calendar (40 matches in all) begin on Friday, as leaders Liverpool face Wolverhampton. Twice in the last ten seasons, the Reds have been top at Christmas, only to fail to win the League.
- The NBA’s traditional Christmas showcase features five games and the league’s top stars. LeBron James’ annual tilt against the defending-champion Golden State Warriors involves his new team, the Los Angeles Lakers, and airs in prime time.
- While it’s a normal week for the NFL, Monday Night’s clash between arch rivals, Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders, takes on added significance. Christmas Eve could be the last Raiders game in Oakland, as the team faces an uncertain future a year ahead of their move to Las Vegas.
- Bowl season continues over the long Christmas weekend, with ten games between Thursday and Wednesday. Boxing Day has two games between Power Five conference teams, and a third between #25 Boise State and Boston College.
- Christmas is the start of summer in the Southern Hemisphere, and that means cricket. This year’s traditional Boxing Day Test pits Australia against India. Aaron Finch should be ready to go for the Aussies, but the same can not be said of the field conditions in Melbourne.