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Report: Chinese Basketball Association cancels Rockets minor-league exhibition in China

2018 Las Vegas Summer League - Cleveland Cavaliers v Houston Rockets

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 14: General Manager Daryl Morey of the Houston Rockets attends the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2018 Las Vegas Summer League on July 14, 2018 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

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After Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted support for Hong Kong protesters, the Rockets are quickly losing business in China.

That apparently extends to their minor-league affiliate, too.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

Morey was right. We should support Hong Kong protesters, who are seeking greater freedoms.

But that makes it difficult for the NBA, which wants to maintain a foothold in China. The Chinese government wants to maintain control of Hong Kong and quashes dissenting views.

The NBA might consider itself fortunate the Chinese backlash is mostly directed at only the Rockets. Two Lakers-Nets preseason games are scheduled for later this week and both apparently still on.

This is the problem when dealing with authoritarian governments, though. Right now, only the Rockets are being blacklisted for one person’s speech. But who will be next?