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China is not taking the lockout well

Posted on: October 31, 2011 1:35 pm
By Matt Moore

There's a reason that David Stern has invested so much in China, why players are constantly doing visits and exhibitions there, why it's the great untapped market for basketball. Lots of people, lots of money because of the resources, and a love of basketball. But with the NBA having killed the first month of its season and maybe more, squandering all of its momentum at the worst time for the Chinese market which is coming off of the retirement of Yao Ming, how is China reacting? The answer? Not well. 

From Bloomberg:
On Oct. 24, Guan Weijia, vice-director of the basketball department at Titan Sports, China’s leading sports newspaper, wrote a column about the player lockout in the Beijing News titled, “Everybody is a demon.” In it, he said that NBA Commissioner David Stern was “the demon of all demons and he is Satan who is the King of demons in this labor dispute.” Guan was not much kinder to Billy Hunter, the executive director of the NBA Player’s Union, and his role in the fruitless negotiations:

"He is the spokesman of the employees, but he can't work out a shrewd strategy … [he] has already prepared for surrender and the purpose of his of existence is to be played and 'slaughtered' by Stern."

The Beijing News, a newspaper once known for its independence and bold reporting, was recently placed under the control of Beijing’s propaganda authorities. Arguably this editorial met with their approval.
via Basketball-Crazy China Sees Opportunity in NBA Lockout: Adam Minter - Bloomberg.

"Everybody is a demon." 

I kind of want to stop this post right there, because it will not get better or more clear than that.

The piece goes on to intimate that the rest of the country could very well lose interest in the sport since it doesn't translate well culturally or through economic systems. In short, China doesn't understand why the NBA isn't playing basketball. 

You're not alone, China.  
Category: NBA

Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 4:10 pm

China is not taking the lockout well

Not for saying something that is very true about a bunch of spoiled, overpaid thugs who take, take and take but, still want more
@ you have any idea what is going on here...sure sounds like u dont.  


Get your facts straight!  I'd guess that u hate the "socialist" Obama for giving the banks all that money too!  Get over your problem with black people & be informed about what u are posting.

Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:21 am

China is not taking the lockout well

     Hey gman, why don't you get a clue.   The players are not striking, they are being LOCKED OUT by the owners.  Maybe the owners can get some Chinese players to replace them, I am sure fans would pay top dollar to watch them and it would be a quality product, lol.

Since: Apr 30, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2011 1:40 am

China is not taking the lockout well

Dang, i have never in my life heard so many people take exception to hearing the truth. Honestly, i mean you would think China just declared war on the free world to read the comments of you asinine, two faced hypocrites. There is not one of you and you know this to be true, who hasn't thought or said something similar if not the exact same thing yourselves. Yet because a news paper in China wrote these words instead of one you racist genius' you hate China, you are sick of China or something to that effect. Well i am to but, for different reasons. Reasons of non-tolerance for human rights and, the right for its citizens to live in freedom as well as other Asian countries around the region. Not for saying something that is very true about a bunch of spoiled, overpaid thugs who take, take and take but, still want more at the expense of vendors, ticket agencies and others who are the least thought of but, are the fabric of the game itself, the FANS. If you have to be mad at something, or someone direct your anger at the cause of the problem, the greedy players who as the Chinese writer put very eloquently, " they are demons". The demons of destruction for a game that so many lives depend on to make a living. No not the players of a game that pays the majority more in one season than the average American makes in a life time. Please people get a life, or at least some realism of the one you live.


Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:57 am

China is not taking the lockout well

LaughingSurprised    thanks for that. rough day at work I needed a good laugh ,and the best part is aside from the robots its al basicly true. lmao......

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:03 pm

China is not taking the lockout well

I'm sick of China. Go f yourselves.

Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 3:02 pm

China is not taking the lockout well

the chinese will be just fine.  they'll start artificially growing 8 ft tall humanoid looking robots and certify them as "living beings" so they can "legitimately" compete with anyone.  you know, just like everything else they fake - olympic athletes, toothpaste, gemstones, sheetrock, human rights, tolerance towards Tibet...

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