The NBA has banned players, coaches from the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers from talking to the media during the rest of their time in China.
"We have decided not to hold media availability for our teams for the remainder of our trip in China,” the NBA said in a statement to the Associated Press. “They have been placed into a complicated and unprecedented situation while abroad and we believe it would be unfair to ask them to address these matters in real time.”
Officials of the Chinese government on Oct 10 stopped NBA commissioner Adam Silver and the players from the two teams from holding press conferences before and after the game in Shanghai.
The press ban follows outrage in China triggered by a single tweet from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey in support of the protestors in Hong Kong who have demonstrated against a crackdown on their rights from the People's Republic of China.
Silver defended Morey's right to express his opinion.