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LeBron James of the Miami Heat drives to the basket against the Los Angeles Clippers during their NBA China Games basketball game in Shanghai on October 14, 2012. The sport's popularity in China has not been diminished by the absence of Chinese players in the NBA since the 2011 retirement of ex-Houston Rocket centre Yao Ming and the return to China this year of ex-Dallas Maverick Yi Jianlian. AFP PHOTO /Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/GettyImages)

LeBron James of the Miami Heat drives to the basket against the Los Angeles Clippers during their NBA China Games basketball game in Shanghai on October 14, 2012.  The sport's popularity in China has not been diminished by the absence of Chinese players in the NBA since the 2011 retirement of ex-Houston Rocket centre Yao Ming and the return to China this year of ex-Dallas Maverick Yi Jianlian.          AFP PHOTO /Mark RALSTON        (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/GettyImages)