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Sport Adam Silver defends LeBron James, other NBA players on China response: 'I'm very sympathetic'

19:41  21 october  2019
19:41  21 october  2019 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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Adam Silver believes that LeBron James and other NBA players should have the freedom to So, it's been no-win for a lot of those players , so I ' m very sympathetic ." Adam Silver defended LeBron James after he was criticized for his response to Daryl Morey's tweet about Hong Kong.

LeBron James reportedly confronted Adam Silver over the China issue during a meeting among the Nets According to the report, James expressed concern with Silver about players being put in a “Me personally when I speak about something, I speak about something I ’ m very knowledgable

It’s been a difficult month for the NBA and commissioner Adam Silver, who has been dealing with the never-ending fallout from the NBA’s China situation. Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey’s now-deleted tweet supporting democracy in Hong Kong has had far reaching effects, with both the NBA’s bottom line and LeBron James’ image taking a hit.

Adam Silver wearing a suit and tie: Adam Silver defended LeBron James after he was criticized for his response to Daryl Morey's tweet about Hong Kong. (Photo by Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images)© Provided by Oath Inc. Adam Silver defended LeBron James after he was criticized for his response to Daryl Morey's tweet about Hong Kong. (Photo by Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images)

James’ response to Morey’s tweet wasn’t well received, with him toeing the NBA line and calling it “misinformed,” and later clarifying that he was upset by the timing of Morey’s tweet. But in an appearance on ESPN’s “Get Up” on Monday morning, Silver defended James’ response, as well as the decision many players have made to stay silent on the issue. Via Bleacher Report:

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James , like many star players in the N.B.A., has large business interests in China through sponsors like Nike. He declined to offer his views of the political situation in China , saying he did not know enough about it to offer an informed I ’ m not discussing the substance. Others can talk about that.”

Basketball superstar LeBron James has weighed in on a row between the NBA and China , saying a team manager who caused uproar with a tweet He later apologised. Mr James , the NBA 's best-known player , often speaks out on social issues. His latest comments were praised in China but drew

"I think that these players, I mean, take LeBron who has an incredible track record of doing things that have changed people's lives in the United States to be asked to comment on a difficult foreign issue is, I think, again there's free expression and he should say how he feels. But, freedom of speech also means the freedom not to speak. And I've often said to players about issues here at home: If it's something you don't know about and you don't feel comfortable responding, that's okay as well. So, it's been no-win for a lot of those players, so I'm very sympathetic."

Silver’s right in that this is a no-win for the players. Those who stay quiet are criticized for doing so, and those who don’t are criticized for either toeing the NBA line or commenting on a complex international situation. Players have been thrust into the middle of a kerfuffle they didn’t ask for, one that has immense financial ramifications for the NBA and them by extension. James and other players had appearances cancelled in China over Morey’s tweet, and lost out on endorsements geared toward the Chinese market.

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Commissioner Adam Silver defended James on Monday morning, calling the situation a “no-win” for players to which he’s “ very sympathetic .” While other NBA figures like Steve Kerr and Stephen Curry have stuck to a script of declining to speak on China because they don’t have enough

LeBron James has long spoken out on social justice issues, such as in his advocacy for the Black Lives Matter movement, his I ' m not discussing the substance. Others can talk About that. James ' criticism came while the NBA is embroiled in a standoff with China after Morey tweeted his support for

Even though the regular season begins on Tuesday, the NBA-China controversy doesn’t seem like it’s going to die down anytime soon. Over the weekend, Chinese state television issued a warning to Silver that he could face “retribution” for defending Morey and defaming China. Last week, Silver revealed that China had demanded that Morey be fired, which Silver would not do. In fact, he said that Morey wouldn’t even be fined for his tweet.

"This has been a very difficult moment between the NBA and China," Silver said on ESPN. "My belief is ... we will get back on track. People need to step back. Everybody has made their points. There is no secret here about what's going on in China. ... Basketball diplomacy and engagement is positive. That's what we're turning back to."

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