CNN reporter shut down for asking about NBA's ongoing standoff with China

Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey discusses the direction of the team with the media during a basketball news conference Tuesday

The NBA said it does not condone stopping a reporter from asking Houston Rockets stars James Harden and Russell Westbrook a question about the recent China controversy.

Anta-endorsed NBA players include Klay Thompson, Gordon Hayward, and Rajon Rondo, Anta was named the official marketing and merchandising partner of NBA China in 2014 and contract renewal negotiations were suspended.

"During today's Houston Rockets media availability, a team representative inappropriately interjected to prevent CNN's Christina Macfarlane from receiving an answer to her question".

Another day, more apparent fallout in the aftermath of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's since-deleted tweet in apparent support of the Hong Kong protesters. The law would have allowed authorities to detain and extradite criminals who are wanted in territories such as Taiwan and mainland China, areas where Hong Kong now does not have extradition agreements. And Chinese companies like apparel giant Li-Ning and Vivo, a smartphone maker that was going to be a sponsor of the Lakers-Nets games, have suspended their business dealings with the National Basketball Association.

On Tuesday while on a visit to Tokyo, Silver said he and the league are "apologetic" that so many Chinese officials and fans were upset, but also said he isn't apologizing for Morey's tweet.

The protesters' signs included: "Shame the NBA", "South Park was right" and "Memo to the NBA: Principles over profit!"

Freedom of speech ain't free. "I felt great again".

"We are deeply concerned that individuals associated with the league may now engage in self-censorship that is inconsistent with American and the league's stated values - and that this incident will only encourage further intimidation of American companies and persons by the Chinese government", the letter reads. "A big gap there, leadership wise and courage wise". "Let me be more clear", Silver said.

Although the Central Intelligence Agency concluded that the crown prince personally ordered Khashoggi's murder, Trump signaled he would not take strong action against Saudi Arabia.

Almost 500 million people watched last season's National Basketball Association games on Tencent's video platform, up threefold since the 2014-15 season, Tencent said in July.

The team and the Wells Fargo Center both released statements Wednesday saying they received multiple complaints about the two fans prior to their ejection.

Trump said Kerr looked like a "scared little boy" as he ducked questions on the matter, saying that it was "pretty sad" that Kerr never has a problem talking badly about the United States, but was suddenly "shaking" when it came to answering questions about China.

"Yet to our own country they don't, it's like they don't respect it".