Even with charitable events being cancelled and posters promoting the game being ripped from buildings, the NBA and China remain in their staring contest, but Thursday morning’s preseason game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets is still set to be played as scheduled. For now.
Shams Charania of The Athletic broke the news:
As Charania points out, this is subject to change, and there are about 12 hours left for one of the parties to change their minds. Earlier Wednesday afternoon, I wrote that cancelling the games and bringing both teams back stateside made the most sense given the little upside and potentially dangerous downside to playing at this point, but the NBA apparently does not want to risk burning a bridge with as profitable of a nation as China.