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Big3 postpones China tour amid NBA tweet controversy

BIG3 co-founder Ice Cube poses ahead of the BIG3 Draft at the Luxor Hotel & Casino on May 01, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

The Big3 professional three-on-three basketball league has postponed a planned tour of China during November.

No explanation has been given. But it is clear that the Big3 has been caught in the fallout of the ongoing furor over Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey’s tweet in support of the Hong Kong pro-democracy protests ahead of the National Basketball Association’s preseason games in China.

While the games between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets went ahead without major incident last week, the Rockets and the NBA have faced a significant backlash from Chinese commercial partners, the government, sports officials and fans over the issue.

The Big3, co-founded by hip hop star-turned-entrepreneur Ice Cube and entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz, had partnered with Chinese sports promotion company 90 Plus Group for the inaugural Big3 China Tour. A seven-date exhibition series that took in cities such as Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Foshan was planned.

Richard Chiang, the 90 Plus Group chairman, indicated on social media that a new tour could take place in early 2020.

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