The threats began when China’s state-run television announced it would not broadcast two NBA preseason games this week in Shanghai and Shenzhen that would feature basketball’s biggest star, LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers.
The venue of the tournament, which will feature 40 teams (20 each for men and women), will be announced later. The event will be held under the aegis of the Basketball Federation of India and will be organised by the International Basketball Federation.
On Sunday, the NBA became the latest international organisation to struggle in a tiptoe act with China, a country with a fan base worth billions of dollars but a hair-trigger tolerance for comments that offend its political sensibilities.
Indiana Pacers edged past Sacramento Kings 132-131 in a thrilling contest, in what was National Basketball Association's debut game in India. This was NBA's first pre-season game ahead of the upcoming season.