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Houston Rockets' James Harden smiles during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Toronto Raptors. Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption

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Opinion: NBA Sidelines Free Speech In Favor Of China

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference before an NBA preseason basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors Tuesday, in Saitama, near Tokyo. Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter has been a vocal critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erodgan. David Zalubowski/AP hide caption

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A Critic Of Turkey, The Knicks' Enes Kanter Speaks Out About His Fears For His Life

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Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson shoots the ball against Chicago Bulls forward Justin Holiday (7) and guard Zach LaVine (8) during Monday night's game. Thompson broke the NBA's single-game record for 3-pointers. Mike DiNovo/USA Today Sports hide caption

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Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Spurs looks on before the game against the LA Clippers on Dec. 18, in San Antonio, Texas. Mark Sobhani/NBAE/Getty Images hide caption

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Brian Bowen recently declared for the NBA draft, despite not having played a game in college due to eligibility problems. An NCAA commission is recommending the NBA allow talented high school players to be drafted. Bowen is seen here playing for La Lumiere School in January 2017. Gregory Payan/AP hide caption

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Clemson's Aamir Simms (25) shoots against Auburn's Malik Dunbar (14) during a second round game of the 2018 NCAA men's basketball tournament last week. The NCAA will make $771 million from this year's tournament. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images hide caption

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Why Shouldn't We Pay Student-Athletes?

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President Trump joined Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People on Nov. 9 in Beijing. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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In China, Trump Helped Basketball Stars But Not Human Rights

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Tilman Fertitta, seen here at a television premier last year in Universal City, Calif. A native Texan, Fertitta owns the Houston-based restaurant chain Landry's, Inc. And now he is set to own the Houston Rockets, too. Michael Boardman/Getty Images hide caption

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