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NBA news: Drew League canceled, NBA China hires new CEO

Toronto Raptors DeMar DeRozan, right, playing for Drew League, talks with Washington Wizards John Wall, left, playing for Goodman League during a basketball game at Trinity University in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011. With the NBA season in doubt due to the lockout, Kevin Durant and other stars take part in an all-star game pitting summer league players. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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SALT LAKE CITY — As conversations continue within the NBA to try to find a way to resume games, one of the summer’s most anticipated basketball events, the Drew League, has been canceled.

The Drew League is a pro-am summer league held in Los Angeles that has featured some of the NBA’s most notable players and has been a huge draw for celebrities, college players, and hoop junkies of all kinds.

LeBron James, Kevin Durant, DeMar DeRozan, James Harden, and the late Kobe Bryant have all been Drew League participants in the past.

“Drew League is a summer tradition that we look forward to and while we share in the disappointment of the fans, the health and safety of our athletes and community is our top priority,” read a statement released by the league.

NBA China names new CEO

On Monday the NBA named Michael Ma the new CEO of NBA China.

Most recently Ma was the CEO of Endeavor China, but has previously held multiple roles within the NBA league office.

On Oct. 4, 2019, Houston Rockets general manager Darryl Morey tweeted in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, a move that created a falling out between the NBA and China.

CCTV stopped airing NBA games in China and NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced in February that the league had lost more than $300 million in revenue from China in the following the controversy.

Many believed that tensions could be smoothed over after the NBA hired Ma, since his father, Ma Guoli, is considered one of the most influential people in CCTV’s history and held the post of adviser to the Chinese Basketball Association.

That hope was dashed when CCTV released a statement on the social media platform Weibo, saying that the network has no intention of resuming playing NBA games.

On Tuesday Ma Guoli resigned from his position with the CBA.