There seems to be some friction going on between Chinese TV content providers and the NBA.
On Tuesday, CCTV in China released a notice that it was not set to play NBA games on television when the League returned. Since Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey ‘s tweet in support of the Hong Kong protest last October, the alliance between TV stations and the League remains completely unbroken.
China and NBA Friction
The NBA appointed Michael Ma – whose father, Ma Guoli, had been in CCTV for 16 years – as the new CEO of NBA China on Monday, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst noted. The hiring of Ma didn’t prove that anything between the two sides was restored. (Guoli resigned from the Chinese Basketball Association on Tuesday as a consultant)
CCTV quickly attempted to kill rumors that Ma ‘s appointment implied a reform or a strengthened partnership.
The NBA went off the air all Season after Morey Tweeter ‘s spring storm and Commissioner Adam Silver’s reluctance to force Morey or join anti-government demonstrations in the most populated nation in the world. Silver estimated in February that before the outbreak of coronavirus, the NBA was losing some 300 million dollars in revenue following the controversy over Hong Kong.
Silver said that he hoped that the NBA and China would somehow rebuild their business relations, but he did not provide details on that.
In other news, some NBA stars want the Season to resume.
NBA stars want to resume NBA season
On Tuesday, it was reported by ESPN NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski that the regional representatives of the National Basketball Players Association had contacted member players about their opinions on resuming the NBA season, which went on a break on March 11 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
According to some reports, most players, big names even, suggested that provided their safety is assured, they would be happy to resume the Season. For NBA lovers, this would come as good news since it could be strong signals for the resumption of the Season.
The National Basketball Players’ Association told agents in a Tuesday email, NBA players would like to restart their 2019-20 season with a regular season and full playoff schedule “if it is sure to do so.”
The notice was issued when ESPN announced that NBPA regional officials asked players for an informal survey to see whether they would like this Season to begin again.
While informal, the responses to this Season were mostly positive, an individual knowing the situation told TODAY Sports in America. The person demanded anonymity as the topic was not allowed to talk publicly.
The chief of the NBPA and the Thunder guard of the city of Oklahoma, Chris Paul, spoke to James, Anthony Davis (LA), Giannis Antetokounmpo, NBA MVP reigner, and 3 NBA champion Stephen Curry, Kawhi Leonard, NBA MVP, Kevin Durant, NBA MVP, NBA MVP Russell Westbrook for two times, and to the NBA star Damian Lillard for Portland trail, who will also play for the NBA MVP. Per Haynes and the Thunder guard of Oklahoma City, they also decided that as long as the league starts, they will play “with proper safety measures once the league is given the green light to commence,”
In summer or fall, it makes sense for James, Davis, and Antetokounmpo to complete any NBA playoffs. The Milwaukee Bucks Antetokounmpos had the top mark in the League (53-12) before the coronavirus had confirmed positive at Rudy Gobert’s Utah Jazz Center on March 11. At the Western Conference table, the Lakers were meanwhile at 49-14.
The survey also reveals that players want to play some of the other regular-season games before the playoffs launch. In two to four weeks, the League is planning to agree about the future of the Season. Since March, the NBA season is suspended. A few teams have provided their facilities for free preparation. The next two teams due to reopen their resorts are the Miami Fire and Orlando Magic.
In December, James, a three-time winner of NBA, turns 36.
Haynes said participants in playoff games wanted to see only the top eight games at each conference during the resumed Season. Since not all clubs have played in the same number through the final minutes of March 11, winning percentage does not adjust playoff rankings through the rating of the Season.