Stadium signage has been removed and players reportedly are growing uneasy with playing games amid growing tensions in China, where the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets are scheduled to play Thursday.
A Chinese national flag flutters near a partly-removed banner advertising an NBA China game between Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers, outside a Ritz-Carlton hotel in Shanghai, China October 9, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song
An event in Shanghai scheduled for Wednesday to benefit the Special Olympics featuring the Lakers was canceled hours before it was to begin.
Another fan experience event also was pulled from the schedule of events around the appearance of the Lakers in China, the latest maneuver from the hosts underlining the depth of the fallout from Houston