Stephen Curry Could Skip Annual China Trip With Ongoing Dispute
Warriors G Stephen Curry in each of the last six offseasons has "spent a portion of his summer in China on promotional tours for Under Armour, but the routine might not continue" due to the tensions between the NBA and China, according to Rusty Simmons of the S.F. CHRONICLE. Curry yesterday said that his "plans in the country are uncertain." Curry: "That's been a big part of my summer routine and my experience. I've enjoyed it, but other than that, I don't know how that will be affected, if at all" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 10/10).
PULLING SUPPORT: The CHRONICLE's Simmons noted Anta, which will "immediately stop contract renewal negotiations with the NBA," sponsors three Warriors players: Klay Thompson, Jacob Evans and Kevon Looney. Evans yesterday said, "I had a lot of interest in signing with Anta, just because it was different. I knew that I got drafted to the Warriors and how big the team was in China." Simmons notes if Anta "holds up to its statement," Evans "won't be wearing the brand next year, but Looney and Thompson may be in their custom shoes for longer." Looney "signed a two-year deal with Anta this summer," and Thompson signed a 10-year extension with the brand in '17 (S.F. CHRONICLE, 10/10).
SEEING IS BELIEVING: In Hong Kong, Patrick Blennerhassett notes multiple Chinese sponsors have "pulled support for both the Rockets and the NBA in the past few days, but to watch corporate fan booths being quickly taken apart in person was another sight altogether" (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, 10/10).