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June 28, 2011 Updates

A source said NBA players would not be restricted from playing elsewhere during a work stoppage, but there are major issues for organizers, such as securing player insurance, something that one sports marketing source doing business in China said could make any exhibition cost prohibitive. Sporting News

Despite the absence of hoop icon, Yao Ming, newly-appointed National Basketball Association (NBA) China's CEO, David Shoemaker, has faith in the sport's foundation here and has vowed to keep its momentum going. Houston Rockets' all-star center Yao, who triggered nationwide interests in the NBA since his debut in 2002, is battling a career-threatening ankle injury. His uncertain future and possible retirement would supposedly reduce the NBA's popularity in China. However, the new boss shrugged that scenario off and stressed the game's close bond with the nation. "I don't see (Yao's) uncertainty is having a negative impact. In fact, I think it has generated a whole lot of interest," said Shoemaker, who officially assumed the post on June 1, replacing Tim Chen. China Daily

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