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For the N.B.A., a Sticky Situation in China Will Linger

Want more basketball in your inbox? Sign up for Marc Stein’s weekly N.B.A. newsletter here. This was supposed to be a time when the mere mention of the Houston Rockets would inspire questions about their polarizing plan to reunite James Harden and Russell Westbrook and ask them to share one basketball for the next seven…

N.B.A. Commissioner Commits to Free Speech as Chinese Companies Cut Ties

The N.B.A.’s decades-long push to develop China into its biggest overseas market appeared increasingly in jeopardy on Tuesday as the league’s commissioner stood firm in the face of criticism from Beijing and the Chinese threatened financial repercussions. The threats began when China’s state-run television announced it would not broadcast two N.B.A. preseason games this week…

For Japan, N.B.A. 101 Is Now in Session

Rui Hachimura, a 6-8 forward who could be Japan’s top basketball prospect ever, is entering his junior season at Gonzaga. He is a mainstay on Japan’s national team and, according to Gonzaga, only the fifth Japanese-born men’s player to participate in Division I basketball. A Japanese player who could succeed in the N.B.A. “for more…