Shanghai's NBA banners removed, team news conference canceled

An unidentified NBA spokesperson appeared before mass of journalists at a hotel to announce the cancelation, without giving a specific reason or answering reporters' questions.

Local organizers also canceled fan events in the city. The events were planned to hype up the exhibition game between the two American teams.

Broadcasts and live streams of the basketball game on Thursday (October 10) have been suspended and Chinese sponsors and partners have been cutting ties with the NBA in the wake of the controversy.

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