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76ers need Harden to deliver in postseason for title shot

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — James Harden says he’s “ready to hoop.” The Philadelphia 76ers sure hope The Beard is good to go — not just for the opening-round Eastern Conference series against Toronto — but for a deep run into June.…

Pence: NBA akin to 'wholly owned subsidiary' of Beijing

Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday accused the National Basketball Association of acting "like a wholly owned subsidiary of the authoritarian regime" in China, in a speech that also chided Beijing for economic and human rights abuses.

Lakers and Nets warmly greeted by fans in China

The Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets were greeted by cheers in their first preseason game in Shanghai on Thursday, which went ahead as scheduled despite the battle between China and the NBA over a tweet by a Houston Rockets executive supporting Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests.

China won't show NBA preseason games after Hong Kong tweet

China won't broadcast or stream NBA preseason games held in the country. It's a dramatic escalation of a political firestorm that began when the general manager of the Houston Rockets expressed support for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.