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Albert Burneko Albert Burneko Oct 08, 2019. 1 comments

Adam Silver Issues Statement Meant To Appease Everybody; China Doesn't Buy It

Adam Silver Issues Statement Meant To Appease Everybody; China Doesn't Buy It

NBA commissioner Adam Silver has released a second public statement regarding the controversy over Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s tweet in support of Hong Kong pro-democracy protests , and the Chinese government’s punitive response to the tweet.

The league office’s first attempt at an official response, issued over the weekend as the full scope of the Chinese government’s

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Lauren Theisen Lauren Theisen Oct 08, 2019. 10 comments

Stephen A. Smith Pauses Between Bootlicks To Tell Daryl Morey To Grow Up

Stephen A. Smith Pauses Between Bootlicks To Tell Daryl Morey To Grow Up

Ahead of his radio program this afternoon, Stephen A. Smith clearly thought long and hard about Daryl Morey’s tweet supporting Hong Kong protestors, the ensuing controversy and Morey’s subsequent backtracking , and the large-scale implications of all of the above on relationships between China and U.S.-based businesses. And then Smith went on the air and made some salient points about civil...

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Drew Magary Drew Magary Oct 08, 2019. 11 comments

The NBA Doesn’t Give A Fuck About People

The NBA Doesn’t Give A Fuck About People

The NBA already knows the math. The NBA already knows that whatever price it may pay for aligning themselves with the Chinese government against one of its own teams’ employees—all because Rockets GM Daryl Morey tweeted out a show of support for protesters in Hong Kong—will be nothing compared to what they stood to lose if they had grown a fucking spine. Morey’s single tweet was enough to...

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Ray Ratto Ray Ratto Oct 07, 2019. 8 comments

How Much Is China Worth To The NBA?

How Much Is China Worth To The NBA?

Adam Silver has been credited many things in his time fronting the money of the National Basketball Association, and even after you allow for the 30 percent reputational mark-up when compared with the other commissioners in North American sports, he’s done quite well. But now he is confronted by the hottest-burning question of his tenure: What is China worth?

It’s almost certainly going to be...

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Tom Ley Tom Ley Oct 07, 2019. 15 comments

The NBA Is Happy To Play China's Game

The NBA Is Happy To Play China's Game

If you were to work backwards, you’d find it pretty difficult to understand what exactly Daryl Morey said, and who exactly was so offended by it.

Start with the latest communique, from billionaire Taiwanese-Canadian Nets owner Joe Tsai, which provides not just a grim history of the Boxer Rebellion and the Massacre of Nanjing, but the implication that Rockets GM Daryl Morey did something so...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Oct 06, 2019. 6 comments

China Abruptly Pulls Away From Rockets Over Daryl Morey's Since-Deleted Hong Kong Tweet

China Abruptly Pulls Away From Rockets Over Daryl Morey's Since-Deleted Hong Kong Tweet

The backlash in China to a tweet from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey supporting Hong Kong protesters has accelerated over the weekend, now to include formal consequences. The Rockets, long one of the most popular NBA teams in China, are now seeing their foothold in the country swiftly eroded and destabilized, and they appear headed for a possible blackout.

Morey posted a tweet...

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Lauren Teixeira Lauren Teixeira Oct 03, 2019. 11 comments

He Never Intended To Become A Political Dissident, But Then He Started Beating Up Tai Chi Masters

He Never Intended To Become A Political Dissident, But Then He Started Beating Up Tai Chi Masters

On a recent Thursday evening in August, a 40-year-old MMA gym owner in Beijing named Xu Xiaodong activated his VPN, hopped over the Chinese government’s internet firewall, and began his first-ever live YouTube broadcast. He wanted to talk about the ongoing protests in Hong Kong, in which hundreds of thousands of citizens have demonstrated against mainland China’s attempts to circumvent Hong...

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Noelle Mateer Noelle Mateer Sep 11, 2019. 9 comments

Competitive Oyster Shucking Is Real, Decadent, And China's Best Party

Competitive Oyster Shucking Is Real, Decadent, And China's Best Party

Many people who visit Beijing take special pleasure in doing a thing they often do, but on the Great Wall. Shotgunning a beer on the Great Wall. Lighting a cigar on the Great Wall. Making a sandwich and then eating it on the Great Wall. I have personally seen a used condom on the Great Wall.

In May 2018, Rudy Guo decided to try something a little different. He hauled 10 dozen oysters up the...

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Patrick Redford Patrick Redford Aug 02, 2019. 18 comments

Wave Pool Transforms Into Tsunami Pool, Injures Over 40 People

Wave Pool Transforms Into Tsunami Pool, Injures Over 40 People

A summer day of floating and chilling at Longjing, China’s Yulong Shuiyun Water Amusement Park earlier this week quickly turned dangerous when an oversized wave unexpectedly slammed through the crowded pool. Video from the park is rather quite scary, as people are launched out of the wave pool onto the concrete.

The following video also shows people being treated for their injuries:

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Jul 22, 2019. 8 comments

Gareth Bale's Unbearably Bleak Situation At Real Madrid Is Close To Its End

Gareth Bale's Unbearably Bleak Situation At Real Madrid Is Close To Its End

A prolonged transfer saga can either be endlessly entertaining or relentlessly dreary, depending on your point of view. The Gareth Bale transfer saga was somehow straddling the line between both extremes, but has taken a decidedly taken a gloomy turn this weekend.

When last we checked in on Real Madrid’s attempt to offload their 30-year-old Welshman , manager Zinedine Zidane had essentially...

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Gabe Fernandez Gabe Fernandez Jun 30, 2019. 9 comments

James Harden Pulled Over While Traveling

James Harden Pulled Over While Traveling

James Harden is currently in China doing one of those promotional tours where he visits some cultural landmarks, shoots some hoops at an outdoor half-court to a crowd of fans, and does various other silly things all while donning apparel of the company that sponsors him. But during his tour, photos emerged of The Beard getting pulled over by Chinese traffic police.

The stop didn’t lead to...

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Everett Cook Everett Cook Jun 14, 2019. 9 comments

They Want Her To Be The Next Yao Ming, But What Does She Want?

They Want Her To Be The Next Yao Ming, But What Does She Want?

Han Xu, the tallest player in the WNBA, hunched over the menu at a trendy Brooklyn pizza spot, trying to figure out what to order in a place that lists “bèchamel” as an ingredient. This would possibly be difficult even if she could read English, but the Chinese center does not. Decked head to toe in American basketball brands, her massive hands flew around the fine print as she shot rapid...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Jun 06, 2019. 4 comments

China Have One Star Attacker And A Whole Lot Of Question Marks

China Have One Star Attacker And A Whole Lot Of Question Marks
2019 Women's World CupPlayers to watch, dark horses, upset opportunities, and everything else you need to know for the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France.  

When you think of the most famous image in Women’s World Cup history, you don’t often remember the opponent. Brandi Chastain’s celebration after slotting home the winning penalty in the 1999 tournament has inspired the spillage of plenty of...

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Gabe Fernandez Gabe Fernandez May 31, 2019. 12 comments

South Korea U18 Squad Apologizes For Pretending To Urinate In Panda Cup Trophy, Enraging Chinese Fans

South Korea U18 Squad Apologizes For Pretending To Urinate In Panda Cup Trophy, Enraging Chinese Fans

South Korea’s U18 squad was stripped of an international tournament title on Wednesday because of online backlash over photos of the team celebrating with the competition’s trophy in an “indecent” manner.

The celebrations came after South Korea’s 3-0 victory over China to win the Panda Cup. During those celebrations, a South Korean player had his picture taken while putting his foot on the...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Mar 22, 2019. 17 comments

Jimmer Fredette Will Forsake God Status In China To Play For The Phoenix Suns

Jimmer Fredette Will Forsake God Status In China To Play For The Phoenix Suns

After scoring his ass off for four years at BYU, Jimmer Fredette was selected with the 10th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft. At the time, the current best scorer in the world was calling him the the best scorer in the world. But across five seasons, four teams, and 235 NBA games, Fredette went 41 percent from the floor on 13 minutes a night, unable to adapt to a role player’s bit part. So...

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Patrick Redford Patrick Redford Sep 16, 2018.

Cool New Gymnastics Move: Using Your Teammate As A Jump Rope

Cool New Gymnastics Move: Using Your Teammate As A Jump Rope

The gymnastics medals at the Rio Olympics are all spoken for. The last event final was yesterday, but athletes took to the floor for the gala today, in which Olympic gymnasts strip, dance, and generally do cool gymnastics moves for the crowd to laugh at. The best one was this human jumprope.

I’m noticing that none of the gymnastics teams did that in the real Olympics, which seems...

Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Jul 25, 2018. 10 comments

Maybe Dwyane Wade Should Go Play In China?

Maybe Dwyane Wade Should Go Play In China?

Here’s a really startling, ominous sentence:

The deal, which is before taxes, would make Wade the highest-paid player in China, slightly ahead of Andray Blatche, who plays for Xinjiang in the Chinese Basketball Association.

Dwayne Wade reportedly received a $25 million, three-year offer to spend the next chapter of his basketball career playing in China. There was a time in NBA history where a...

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Billy Haisley Billy Haisley Jul 03, 2018. 3 comments

Holy Shit, A Chinese Team Just Bought Jackson Martínez For So Much Money

Holy Shit, A Chinese Team Just Bought Jackson Martínez For So Much Money

Look, Chinese teams flexing their newfound financial muscle by snatching up a handful of the best performers from the Brazilian league every season, or even by buying some very good though out of favor European players like Gervinho and Ramires is one thing. But breaking the bank for a striker on one of the best teams in the world, as Guangzhou Evergrande have reportedly just done with...

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Lauren Theisen Lauren Theisen Jun 27, 2018. 7 comments

Klay Thompson Gets Owned In China, This Time By A Sharpshooting Little Girl

Klay Thompson Gets Owned In China, This Time By A Sharpshooting Little Girl

Klay Thompson is once again doing a tour of China, the country where he seems to get sapped of all his basketball-playing ability. While he hasn’t appeared to have humiliated himself dunking, after his very sad attempt last year , this time Thompson got owned at his chosen speciality—shooting.

Thompson played some arcade pop-a-shot with a Chinese girl, and he was woefully underprepared for the...

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May 13, 2018. 21 comments

Sprout God, Porcelain Mamba, And Six-Step LeBron: The Stories Behind China's Best NBA Nicknames

Sprout God, Porcelain Mamba, And Six-Step LeBron: The Stories Behind China's Best NBA Nicknames

It’s no secret that American sports nicknames are not as good as they used to be. Seemingly half the time, present-day nicknames are just the player’s initials and a number (CP3, RG3, TB12, etc.). This is what happens when the brevity of hashtags and social media combines with wealthy player-entrepreneurs who want to create their own global “brand” with the broadest possible audience and a...

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