DISCLAIMER: The article raises a number of sensitive issues that are intended to inform and educate stakeholders in the China-Africa relationship about key political issues in China that influence current events. CAP Managing Editor Eric Olander, nor anyone else at the CAP, does not advocate for or against any of the positions raised in this article. The CAP does not engage in advocacy of any kind.
For more than a decade, the Houston Rockets were the preeminent NBA team in China. Go to any of the outdoor basketball courts in Shanghai, Beijing or most major cities and you’ll see kids and adults wearing expensive Rockets gear. The Rockets, in particular, are a special team for the Chinese given that was the home for China’s now-legendary basketball star Yao Ming who played there from 2002 to 2011.
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