The NBA decided to hold its ground and continue with its scheduled preseason game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai on Thursday, but some significant adjustments had to be made before the ball tipped off.
Despite the Chinese government canceling all media availability and refusing to show the game on national television, NBA commissioner Adam Silver chose to proceed with the Lakers-Nets game. That meant corporate sponsor logos had to be removed and covered up, and ESPN’s Rachel Nichols noted that the court itself had to be sanded down and repainted in spots prior to the game.
No corporate logos on the floor tonight - I’m told that after several sponsors pulled out, workers had to re-sand the floors because the original logos had been painted on. pic.twitter.com/OTshOMFqlF— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) October 10, 2019