You... you realize there is a CBA, correct? And like, 10 top-tier players have shoe deals with Chinese shoe companies? And it is thought to have the largest amount of basketball fans (300 million estimated) than anywhere else in the world? China and Basketball have been linked at the hip since Yao exploded onto the scene. They will not take over the NBA as far as best league in the world, but they can hamstring it by not broadcasting the product to that large of a majority of its fans. Hence, the NBA being so subservient.