From ticket prices to the number of points scored, almost everything has changed for the NBA.
Leonard has a history of generating viral phrases, with several being the genesis for popular t-shirts as part of his clothing deal with New Balance.
The Los Angeles Lakers star tweeted on Monday that he had been forced to leave his home in Brentwood as wildfires closed in on L.A.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said China was "strongly indignant" after Pence delivered his speech.
"I don't understand why these holier-than-thou politicians—if they're so worried about China, why don't they stop all transactions with China?" Barkley said on TNT Thursday night.
Vice President Mike Pence has said that China is "exploiting corporate greed" by dealing with American companies such as Nike and the NBA, but as Indiana Governor in 2013 he approved millions of dollars in incentives to companies which offshored American jobs to China.
Golden State Warriors' star Draymond Green noticed the recent change in the amount of media coverage for the team compared to previous seasons.
The Golden State Warriors begin the post-Kevin Durant era on Thursday night when they host the Los Angeles Clippers.
A Pew Research Center survey showed that a majority of Americans (62 percent) believed that it was acceptable for professional athletes to publicly address political issues.
The two Atlantic Division rivals collide in the opening game of the season in Philadelphia on Wednesday night.
The child baited a cameraman by holding a Clippers t-shirt, but as soon as the camera panned to him, he dropped the Clippers shirt and held up a shirt in support of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
The two title favorites face each other in the second game of Opening Night 2019 in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
The Raptors will raise the NBA championship banner to the rafters on Tuesday night, but Zion Williamson will have to make his NBA debut.
The City of Angels last celebrated a NBA title a decade ago, but bookmakers believe the Clippers and the Lakers can end the wait this season.
The league has implemented the policy following several high-profile encounters between NBA stars and fans during the 2018 season.
Andrew Duncan, identified as a "producer and activist" by journalist Yashar Ali, bought 300 seats for Chinese pro-democracy activists to protest at NBA game.
A clip from the videogame highlights James saying he "speaks for those without a voice," though the Lakers star recently expressed caution about what people should say or tweet as someone could be hurt by it.
The NBA season gets underway next Tuesday when the Toronto Raptors host the New Orleans Pelicans, before the Lakers take on the Clippers
"We all have freedom of speech, but at times, there are ramifications for a negative that can happen," James said to reporters Monday night.
James Harden is just one of many players who conveniently placed their social justice bona fides in their back pockets when it comes to making sure the money keeps rolling in. Tech companies and politicians cower too.
Denise Ho said China's aggressive approach to freedom of expression is only making its reputation worse and its situation more difficult.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's remarks reveal a growing respect for the sports community's right to advocate for the causes they care about. And yes, that includes international human rights.
Kerr later said he wasn't going to comment any further about the Hong Kong protests.
During a press conference featuring Houston Rockets' stars, James Harden and Russell Westbrook, a CNN reporter was quickly stopped when she asked a question pertaining to politics and social justice.
"Unless American businesses aggressively confront this intimidation campaign, the Chinese government will increasingly punish free speech outside China's border," the letter read.
ESPN bans discussing politics
The man and his wife held up signs which read "Free Hong Kong" and "Free HK" during the first quarter. After the signs were taken away, he stood up to yell "free Hong Kong," during the second quarter and was ejected shortly afterward.
The league's response to Morey's tweet, which has inflamed tensions in a key basketball market, has generated its own backlash in the U.S.
A large cast of Fox News figures and Republican lawmakers ridiculed the NBA for apologizing to China after the Houston Rockets general manager tweeted out his support for the Hong Kong protesters.
It follows tweets made by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey in support of Hong Kong protesters.