CUNA calls for Mortgage Choice Act inclusion in FSGG bill

first_img continue reading » CUNA joined other trade organizations this week to call on Senate leadership to ensure regulatory relief language remains in the conference committee version of the 2019 financial services and general government appropriations bill. CUNA called for the bill to retain the text of the Mortgage Choice Act (H.R. 1153), a bipartisan bill that has passed the House in February and is consistent with CUNA’s Campaign for Common-Sense Regulation.Specifically, H.R. 1153 would make minor adjustments to the Truth in Lending Act definition of “points and fees” to ensure greater consumer choice.“H.R. 1153 endeavors to restore a full and open competitive market by clarifying the definition of fees and points,” the letter reads. “In doing so, the legislation will ensure consumers more choices in credit providers and settlement service options.”The Truth in Lending Act specifies that, in order to count as a Qualified Mortgage, points and fees cannot exceed 3% of the loan amount. Under current law and rules, a “point” or “fee” can vary depending on who is making the loan and what arrangements the borrower makes for title insurance. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Opoku Nti wants to achieve more at Kotoko

first_imgChief Executive Officer of Asante Kotoko, Opoku Nti is looking forward to build a formidable Asante Kotoko brand in Africa following his mandate extension to the end of the season.Opoku Nti’s initial three month mandate ended earlier this month, but the club’s Board of Directors say they have little time to go through the process of appointing a substantive Chief Executive, taking into consideration the trend of the club in recent times. Nti who has been asked to stay on until the end of the season in an interview with Joy Sports stated that he will continue to work hard and achieve the targets set for him.“It’s a mindset and a vision that I pray we will be able to achieve, I have played and led Kotoko through this situation before, and it is my prayer that for a second time, even though I’m not on the field, God will help me to lead this great club to achieve their aim and purpose,” stated Opoku Nti.“It’s like a dream come true so I pray that God will bless my vision so that all that I hope for will come to pass.”last_img read more

Clippers searching for answers after losing streak reaches six games

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES — The Clippers were angry and frustrated after their sixth consecutive defeat, a 109-105 loss Monday to the Philadelphia 76ers at Staples Center. Anger can be a powerful but useful emotion in lifting a team from a slump. Frustration can be a negative emotion, creating self-doubt.A season that started with such promise hasn’t reached a breaking point yet, but the Clippers’ lackluster record is a cause for concern. The Clippers (5-8) won their first four games and were 5-2 and atop the Western Conference standings when things suddenly starting going haywire.“Every loss concerns me,” Doc Rivers said. “I like our team. We just have to get right, but I want us to win while we’re not right, and right now we’re not. … I like the positives, which are how hard we’re playing. The negatives are that we ‘re still losing games and we have to be better.”Guarding against frustration is part of getting better, according to the Clippers’ coach. “Oh, absolutely,” he said of combating negative emotions. “You’ve got to get them to see that this is an 82-game season. You win three in a row and you’re back to .500. That’s all it takes. You’ve just got to hang in there. It’s a long season. That’s how we have to think.”Austin Rivers, the coach’s son, agreed. This is no time to panic. Or to pout.“I hope this is one of those things that makes us stronger by the end of the season,” he said in a lengthy state-of-the-team assessment. “It’s easy to do well when everything is going well. When you win five or six in a row, your confidence is sky high and you feel like you’re invincible.“It’s easy to play well when the team is playing well and everyone is doing well.”Injuries have played a significant role in the Clippers’ longest losing streak since a six-game skid in December 2016. Patrick Beverley (knee), Danilo Gallinari (glute) and Milos Teodosic (foot) aren’t expected to play in the Clippers’ game Friday against the Cleveland Cavaliers.center_img They represent three-fifths of the Clippers’ starting lineup on opening night. Recent opponents have been successful in focusing their defensive attention on Blake Griffin, Austin Rivers and Lou Williams in the absence of Beverley, Gallinari and Teodosic.Offensively, the Clippers have become predictable. Williams scored 31 points Monday, and Griffin added 29, but no one else had more than 11. Williams made 9 of 19 shots and Griffin sank 10 of 25, which meant two players accounted for more than half of the Clippers’ 82 field-goal attempts.The Clippers also miss Beverley’s tenacious defense, but there’s been an overall lack of sustained pressure during their six-game losing streak. They gave up 100.1 points while starting the season 5-2, but have surrendered 112.8 during their skid.“You can’t second-guess what we’ve got going here,” Austin Rivers said. “It works. We’re a good team. We’re going to be a playoff team. I have no doubt in my mind we will. I still think we’ll be the fourth or fifth seed (in the Western Conference).“We’ve just got to get one and keep it rolling. I think we’re going to be rolling off seven, eight in a row soon and we’ll be talking about a winning streak. You’ve got to have that mindset, otherwise we’re just playing for nothing. We need this one win to get our team spirit back up.”last_img read more

After days of tension, Lakers play – and fall to – Nets in China

first_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed While the main-stage stars were benched by the game’s finish, the ending didn’t lack for drama: A free throw by Theo Pinson and a thunderous final-minute dunk by former Laker David Nwaba (six points) were clinchers for Brooklyn. A would-be buzzer-beating 3-point attempt to tie by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was off-target.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersSpeculation raged that the exhibitions themselves would be canceled. That Thursday’s game was played at all is representative of two things.One: The league isn’t eager to end a lucrative relationship with China.Two: China, for all its bluster, wants the product the NBA offers – and that’s leverage, too.While one of the stars of the game, Kyrie Irving, suffered an aggravation to a pre-existing facial injury in the second minute that led to his immediate benching, James and Davis both played 24 minutes, combining for 36 points to quench the crowd.The Athletic reported that miniature Chinese flags were distributed outside of Mercedes Benz-Arena to an expected crowd of 18,000, and it was rumored that the start of the game might be overtaken by patriotic songs from the crowd. But in the end, the audience allowed themselves to simply be wowed by athletic feats they can rarely see up close. Even though the broadcast was reportedly blacked out by state-run CCTV, the NBA still carries weight in a nation where an estimated half a billion people watched its programming last season. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Not that the result mattered: The Lakers were content to tinker with lineups and rotations, starting Caldwell-Pope, Rajon Rondo and Dwight Howard around Davis and James. Rondo was the most successful in the experiment, scoring 18 points with six assists and five rebounds. Following a dominant showing by their bigs last weekend at Golden State, the Lakers again outrebounded their opponent and did well to lock up the interior (10 blocked shots), led by a double-double with five blocks by JaVale McGee.Where they fell short was perimeter defense: The Nets were 20 for 41 from 3-point range. Even with Irving and Caris LeVert (scratched eye) injured, Spencer Dinwiddie had no problem leading his team with 20 points and seven assists. Taurean Prince chipped in 18 points.The teams are set for a rematch in Shenzhen at 4:30 a.m. PDT on Saturday, and there’s been no indication the media blackout, which has also included canceling community events, will subside.But in actually playing a game – a spectacle which China can neither spin nor faithfully imitate on its own – the NBA offered a reminder of its own sway in the partnership. PreviousLos Angeles Lakers’ Lebron James gestures during a preseason NBA game against the Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. All of the usual media sessions surrounding the Lakers-Nets preseason game in Shanghai on Thursday — including a scheduled news conference from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and postgame news conferences with the teams — were canceled. It was the latest salvo in the rift between the league and China stemming from a since-deleted tweet posted last week by Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets.(AP Photo)Chinese fans react during a preseason NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (AP Photo) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsBrooklyn Nets’ Wilson Chandler goes to the basket against Los Angeles Lakers’ Danny Green, left, during a preseason NBA game in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (AP Photo)Los Angeles Lakers’ Lebron James is blocked by Brooklyn Nets’ Garrett Temple, right, during a preseason NBA game in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. All of the usual media sessions surrounding the Lakers-Nets preseason game in Shanghai on Thursday — including a scheduled news conference from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and postgame news conferences with the teams — were canceled. It was the latest salvo in the rift between the league and China stemming from a since-deleted tweet posted last week by Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets. (AP Photo)Chinese fans with a Chinese flag watch a preseason NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (AP Photo)Brooklyn Nets’ DeAndre Jordan, left, David Nwaba celebrate beating the Los Angeles Lakers in a preseason NBA game in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (AP Photo) (AP Photo)Lakers head coach Frank Vogel looks on during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers (C) goes to the basket against the Brooklyn Nets during the National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season match between the LA Lakers and Brooklyn Nets at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai on October 10, 2019. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)LeBron James of Los Angeles Lakers (R) takes a shot while being guarded by Theo Pinson of the Brooklyn Nets (L) during their National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season match at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai on October 10, 2019. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)Spencer Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets (L) drives the ball while is guarded by Rajon Rondo (R) of the Los Angeles Lakers during the National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season match between the LA Lakers and Brooklyn Nets at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai on October 10, 2019. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)Avery Bradley of the Los Angeles Lakers (R) drives the ball while being guarded by David Nwaba of the Brooklyn Nets during the National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season match between the LA Lakers and Brooklyn Nets at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai on October 10, 2019. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)Taurean Prince #2 of of the Brooklyn Nets in action against Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)A Chinese fan holds Chinese national flags as he cheers with other fans during a preseason NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (AP Photo)The Lakers’ Alex Caruso, left, tries to shoot as the Nets’ Jarrett Allen defends during Thursday’s preseason game in Shanghai. (AP Photo)The Lakers’ Alex Caruso, left, tries to shoot as the Nets’ Jarrett Allen defends during Thursday’s preseason game in Shanghai. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)The Lakers’ Alex Caruso, left, and the Nets’ Jarrett Allen compete for the ball during Thursday’s NBA preseason game in Shanghai. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)A fan with a heart-shaped Chinese national flag sticker on his face watches a preseason NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (AP Photo)JaVale McGee of the Los Angeles Lakers (R) and Theo Pinson of the Brooklyn Nets (L) compete for the ball during the National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season match between the LA Lakers and Brooklyn Nets at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai on October 10, 2019. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers’ Lebron James, right, drives against Brooklyn Nets’ Rodions Kurucs, left, during their preseason NBA game in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. In response to the NBA defending Daryl Morey’s freedom of speech, Chinese officials took it away from the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets, with the usual media sessions canceled in Shanghai, including a scheduled news conference from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and postgame news conferences with the teams. (AP Photo) /// DQo=Most corporate sponsors advertisements were removed for a preseason NBA basketball game between Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. In response to the NBA defending Daryl Morey’s freedom of speech, Chinese officials took it away from the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets. All of the usual media sessions surrounding the Lakers-Nets preseason game in Shanghai on Thursday _ including a scheduled news conference from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and postgame news conferences with the teams _ were canceled. (AP Photo)Los Angeles Lakers’ Lebron James, left, passes the ball during a preseason NBA game against Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019.All of the usual media sessions surrounding the Lakers-Nets preseason game in Shanghai on Thursday — including a scheduled news conference from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and postgame news conferences with the teams — were canceled. It was the latest salvo in the rift between the league and China stemming from a since-deleted tweet posted last week by Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets.(AP Photo)A fan drapes a Chinese national flag over an NBA banner during a preseason NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. In response to the NBA defending Daryl Morey’s freedom of speech, Chinese officials took it away from the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets. All of the usual media sessions surrounding the Lakers-Nets preseason game in Shanghai on Thursday — including a scheduled news conference from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and postgame news conferences with the teams — were canceled. It was the latest salvo in the rift between the league and China stemming from a since-deleted tweet posted last week by Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets. (AP Photo)SHANGHAI, CHINA – OCTOBER 10: Danny Green #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers in action against Jarrett Allen #31 of of the Brooklyn Nets during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)SHANGHAI, CHINA – OCTOBER 10: Dwight Howard #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during a preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)SHANGHAI, CHINA – OCTOBER 10: Spencer Dinwiddie #8 of of the Brooklyn Nets in action against Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)SHANGHAI, CHINA – OCTOBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers in action against Spencer Dinwiddie #8 of the Brooklyn Nets during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers gestures while playing against the Brooklyn Nets compete for the ball during the National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season match between the LA Lakers and Brooklyn Nets at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai on October 10, 2019. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)Taurean Prince of the Brooklyn Nets (R) and Javale McGee of the Los Angeles Lakers (L) compete for the ball during the National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season match between the LA Lakers and Brooklyn Nets at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai on October 10, 2019. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)Lakers head coach Frank Vogel calls for a timeout during Thursday’s preseason game in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots during a preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)The Laker Girls perform during a break in play in Thursday’s preseason game between the Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during a preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers (R) and Wilson Chandler of the Brooklyn Nets (L) compete for the ball during the National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season match between the LA Lakers and Brooklyn Nets at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai on October 10, 2019. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during a preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)Lakers forward LeBron James (cetnre R) is guarded by Rodions Kurucs of the Brooklyn Nets during their National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season match at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai on October 10, 2019. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers (R) and DeAndre Jordan of the Brooklyn Nets (L) compete for the ball during the National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season match between the LA Lakers and Brooklyn Nets at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai on October 10, 2019. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)The Nets’ Dzanan Musa, left, tries to shoot over the Lakers’ JaVale McGee during a preseason game on Thursday in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots against the Brooklyn Nets during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during a preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers in action during a preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers in action against Spencer Dinwiddie #8 of the Brooklyn Nets during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during a preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots against the Brooklyn Nets during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)Rodions Kurucs of the Brooklyn Nets (C), and Alex Caruso (L) and JaVale McGee (R) of the Los Angeles Lakers compete for the ball during the National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season match between the LA Lakers and Brooklyn Nets at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai on October 10, 2019. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)SHANGHAI, CHINA – OCTOBER 10: Head coach Frank Vogel of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)SHANGHAI, CHINA – OCTOBER 10: Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)Taurean Prince of the Brooklyn Nets (L) drives the ball while being guarded by JaVale McGee of the Los Angeles Lakers (R) during the National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season match between the LA Lakers and Brooklyn Nets at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai on October 10, 2019. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)SHANGHAI, CHINA – OCTOBER 10: JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during a preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers drives the ball while playing against the Brooklyn Nets during the National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season match between the LA Lakers and Brooklyn Nets at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai on October 10, 2019. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)Jarrett Allen #31 of the Brooklyn Nets handles the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China on October 10, 2019 at Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers rects during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots during a preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during a preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)Chinese fans wearing dedicated t-shirt as they waiting for NBA players outside the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday that the league is still expecting them to play as scheduled this week, even while the rift between the league and Chinese officials continued in ways that clearly suggested the two planned games in Shanghai and Shenzhen were anything but guaranteed. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)NBA players use their smartphones to film fans gathers outside the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday that the league is still expecting them to play as scheduled this week, even while the rift between the league and Chinese officials continued in ways that clearly suggested the two planned games in Shanghai and Shenzhen were anything but guaranteed. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)Security personnel line up near a promotion board for an NBA preseason game to be held at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. All media events such as news conferences have been canceled inside the arena hosting Thursday’s NBA preseason game in China between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets, though the matchup itself remains on as scheduled. (AP Photo)Fans hand out Chinese national flags to others arriving for the NBA preseason game to be held at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. All media events such as news conferences have been canceled inside the arena hosting Thursday’s NBA preseason game in China between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets, though the matchup itself remains on as scheduled. (AP Photo) /// DQo=A man hands out national flags to others arriving for the NBA preseason game to be held at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. All media events such as news conferences have been canceled inside the arena hosting Thursday’s NBA preseason game in China between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets, though the matchup itself remains on as scheduled. (AP Photo)Security personnel wait for spectators to arrive at a checkpoint to an NBA preseason game to be held at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. All media events such as news conferences have been canceled inside the arena hosting Thursday’s NBA preseason game in China between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets, though the matchup itself remains on as scheduled. (AP Photo)Los Angeles Lakers’ Lebron James gestures during a preseason NBA game against the Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. All of the usual media sessions surrounding the Lakers-Nets preseason game in Shanghai on Thursday — including a scheduled news conference from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and postgame news conferences with the teams — were canceled. It was the latest salvo in the rift between the league and China stemming from a since-deleted tweet posted last week by Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets.(AP Photo)NextShow Caption1 of 60Los Angeles Lakers’ Lebron James gestures during a preseason NBA game against the Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. All of the usual media sessions surrounding the Lakers-Nets preseason game in Shanghai on Thursday — including a scheduled news conference from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and postgame news conferences with the teams — were canceled. It was the latest salvo in the rift between the league and China stemming from a since-deleted tweet posted last week by Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets.(AP Photo)ExpandOn one hand, the People’s Republic of China got its wish Thursday night: The players and coaches of the NBA, and even its commissioner were silenced.Then again, what speaks more loudly than the cooing fans as LeBron James runs down the open court with a ball in his hands or thousands of simultaneous gasps as Anthony Davis sends an opponent’s shot attempt flying back with a block?In an effort to suppress the NBA’s voices, the Chinese government tightened the restraints on the league’s annual visit to its country, preventing Adam Silver and employees of the Lakers and Brooklyn Nets from speaking to the media before or after the Lakers’ 114-111 preseason loss. It was the latest screw pressed against the NBA after days of fallout from a single tweet by Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey.That fallout has also included public statements of outrage, disappearing corporate sponsorships and last-minute cancellations of community events. The weight of the tension has frayed the nerves of the traveling teams, with ESPN reporting Wednesday that players expressed frustration privately to Silver in a closed-door meeting.last_img read more