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NBA fans are furious with LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers for going ahead with the scheduled preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets in China.

The NBA have had a longstanding close relationship with China for several decades now and began playing preseason games over in the Asia country back in 2004.

But that close relationship has become fractured almost beyond repair this week following a single tweet from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey which expressed support for the Hong Kong protests.

Since that tweet, there has been a huge backlash from China with the country’s top state-run broadcaster CCTV announcing they would not air any Rockets games with immediate affect.

And now all 11 of the NBA’s official Chinese partners have suspended ties with the league.

However, there has also been outrage from some Americans calling out the NBA and the players out in China set to play their exhibition games this coming week.

LeBron James, who is often vocal on political and social matters while in the States, has not voiced any opinions on the China feud with the NBA cancelling all press conferences leading up to today’s first game against the Nets (1.30pm BST).

And that hasn’t sat well with some NBA fans, who believe the four-time MVP should be doing more.

One angry fan tweeted: “@NBA what the heck!? In support of communism I see!? I hope the fans protest the NBA this year. Greed obviously is the root of all evil, and when I thought the nba stood for something more than just money… I was proven wrong by your actions. @KingJames”

Another posted: “This is a disgrace. I’m surprised that people like Lebron James would play in a country with so many human rights violations. The NBA is all about money.”

A third wrote: “@KingJames hiding from the media because of #China money. Coward.

A fourth said: “Where is LeBron James with this whole China disaster? Nowhere to be found. Undereducated and the biggest fraud in a long time.”

Several other NBA players and coaches not in China have been asked about the recent controversy.

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr pleaded ignorance to the whole story, with Steph Curry taking a similar route.

“It’s a really bizarre international story,” Kerr said.

“A lot of us don’t know what to make of it. It’s something I’m reading about like everybody is, but I’m not gonna comment further.”



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