In all the stories, sunny Shanghai is a boring city. All the wonders of this city happen after sunset and before sunrise.
Thirty-three years ago, Stern knocked on the door of the NBA in China with a stack of videotapes; fifteen years ago, the NBA China Tournament came to Shanghai; now, the NBA almost suffered a disaster of extinction.
The Shanghai competition, which broke through the storm, ended in a rolling wind and rain. Nobody cared about the result of the competition. Everyone just cared about it. What will happen next?
Rockets General Manager Morey triggered the crisis, wrote a comma in a low-key, leaving a question mark.
The torrential Huangpu River witnessed a story once again.
In the busy days, thousands of people were empty lanes.
In 2002, basketball in Shanghai was a year of special significance.
In the CBA finals of the 2001-2002 season, Shanghai won the only championship in the teams history by narrowly winning the basketball dominant team 81 in Ningbo. Ningbo Yagor Stadium has become a stage for Shanghai team carnival. Years later, the big picture of Shanghai team celebrating the championship still hangs at the entrance of Luwan Stadium.
After winning the championship, Yao Ming participated in the NBA draft. NBA President David Stern personally announced that Yao Ming became the champion of the year. He was chosen by the Houston Rockets. The general manager was Dawson, and Dawsons assistant was Morley.
In 2004, in view of Yaos tremendous influence in China, the NBA decided to play two pre-season matches in China, in Shanghai and Beijing. When Stern came home with Yao Ming and Liu Wei, who had trained with the King, he never imagined that the super event, which would later be 200 million dollars in size, would start with rockets, decline with rockets, make a good start in Shanghai, but almost end without disease in Shanghai.
At that time, the NBA Shanghai Tournament was not too much to describe. Fans from all over the country came to Shanghai to see Yao Ming. It was really hard to get a ticket.
Riverside Story, to be continued
Looking back on that years China Tournament, going to the beach is absolutely a big event. Media coverage is overwhelming, from dedicated flooring to logistical support to cheerleading, every detail is not let go. Later, China tournament came to Shanghai every year, and things slowly faded.
As the host, Yao Ming held a banquet at the Peace Hotel on the Huangpu River to entertain his teammates. He introduced them to Chinese food culture and Shanghai customs, which amazed his teammates.
Since then, the Peace Hotel has had an indissoluble bond with the NBA China Tournament.
In the 2015 China Tournament, two weak brigade clippers and the Hornets participated, but Jordan, the owner of the Hornets, appeared in Shanghai, which undoubtedly became the biggest attraction. Since that year, the NBA China Tournament has witnessed a blowout, the number of sponsors has increased dramatically, a large number of stars appeared, ticket prices have doubled, and the China Tournament has become an entertainment party.
That year, in the hearts of Chinese fans, two godlike figures, Jordan and Yao Ming, jointly appeared in the arena and received cheers from fans.
Who had expected that in just a few years, the Rockets might lose this treatment forever and never have the chance to play in Shanghai again?
Time goes by and things go by.
In 2017, the NBA China game again ushered in a strong confrontation, with the warriors fighting the Timberwolves.
Due to the super popularity of Curie, Thompson and Durant in China, the Warriors are becoming the favorite of Chinese fans, and they are catching up with the Rockets. At the same days game, fans who priced 800 yuan for tickets could not buy 3000 yuan. Fans wearing Curie Jersey were in groups around the stadium. Warriorsevery move in the stadium could attract cheers.
But Yao Ming was not seen on the court.
In March of this year, Yao Ming was elected president of the Chinese Basketball Association, which has been officially coloured ever since.
As an NBA star, he was selected into the NBA Hall of fame this year, which is the highest honor of the NBA.
In 2014, David Stern retired and his successor became Xiao Hua. When Xiao Hua handed over his Hall of Fame certificate to Yao Ming, people saw the bright future of cooperation between the two groups.
Yao clearly did not appear in the arena, but before that, Yao invited Xiao Hua and others at the Peace Hotel.
Clear distinction between public and private is the Chinese way of hospitality and Yao Mings principle of handling affairs.
In 2018, Ding Yanyuhang, the main Chinese player in the NBA China Tournament, sent Dallas Lone Ranger. For the same reason, Yao Ming still did not appear in the arena, but still received Xiao Hua and had a very happy conversation.
Nobody expected that Yao Ming and Xiao Hua would meet in such a way in China this year. Xiao Hua said Yao Ming was angry.
Only rivers and rivers flow silently to the east.
The NBA still has great expectations for China. For this Chinese game, they chose the Lakers team led by LeBron James, who is very popular in China. His opponent Nets team is led by old partner Owen, and the owner is Cai Chongxin, who is also Chinese. In addition, before the start of the season, the Lakers introduced Dengmei Davis, which caused a great deal of trouble six months ago. Note.
The NBAs efforts have also paid off, with 25 sponsors for the China Games, most of them Chinese companies, with a total sponsorship of $200 million.
Its NBA China that plays the Chinese tournament.
At the 2004 China Games, NBA Asia was in charge, headquartered in Hong Kong, China, with an office in Beijing with only a few staff members. Now, NBA China has built its branch in Hong Kong, China, Beijing, Shanghai and other places, with more than 200 people. NBA Chinas revenue has reached 1.2 billion US dollars. In addition to the revenue from its peripheral products, some people estimate that NBAs revenue in China each year has reached 4 billion US dollars. They make money by singing songs.
But things suddenly changed overnight, CCTV and Tencent stopped broadcasting, sponsors were withdrawn, and there will be a series of problems to be solved. If it cant be solved properly in the end, where will NBA China go?
Because of James, there were still many fans on the spot, but all the billboards on the spot were withdrawn, and the atmosphere of the past year was gone. The original pre-match and post-match press conferences were also temporarily cancelled.
The NBA Shanghai tournament ended in a hurry, and the Shenzhen tournament is still unknown. After the hustle and bustle, walking on the breezy Bund and recalling the magical Peace Hotel, will there be any miracle after this suspenseful night?
The Huangpu River is quiet and speechless.
Source: Qilu Evening News Author: Liu Ruiping editor in charge: Gong Haogu nb12610