Adam Silver Statement Attempts to Smooth Over the NBA’s China Problem

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This Daryl Morey thing went downhill quickly, didn’t it?

Long story short, Morey, the Houston Rockets’ general manager, recently tweeted in support of the pro-Democracy Hong Kong movement, which set off a geopolitical firestorm of epic proportions. Houston owner Tilman Fertitta tweeted his disapproval of Morey’s take, James Harden apologized on behalf of the organization, and Brooklyn’s Taiwanese-Canadian owner Joe Tsai stepped in to try to explain China’s side of the dispute.

A number of Chinese partners suspended ties with the NBA in the ensuing fallout, leading commissioner Adam Silver to issue a revised statement:

It’s a well-worded statement. I’m not sure they could have done a better job with it.

Of course the problem stems from this line:

…the NBA will not put itself in a position of regulating what players, employees and team owners say or will not say….

I think everyone would agree that the NBA is the most progressive American sports league out there. That manifests itself in frequent political and social talk, such as Steve Kerr being openly asked those types of non-basketball questions and openly responding. He and others have never shied away from sharing opinions on hot button contemporary topics, and, in short, NBA coaches and players and front office members certainly do not “stick to sports.”

The problem of course is when Morey does the same thing as Kerr but disrupts business ties and endangers the bottom line. The NBA is being panned by both liberals and conservatives, who are declaring hypocrisy because the league is abandoning these principles in deferment to the almighty dollar.

When you’ve got Republican Senator Ted Cruz on the same side as the left, then you know this is really funky situation:

The Sixers host China’s Guangzhou Loong Lions tonight in their preseason opener, so the timing there is ironic, isn’t it? I’m not sure if anybody will ask Brett Brown or the players about China, but Mike Sielski wrote about the topic at the Inquirer, so there’s been some venturing into that territory already.

Either way, Silver’s statement is interesting. He’s trying to walk the line as best he can, so we’ll see if China is satisfied with what he has to say or if the disaster continues to snowball.

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  • Ewww October 8, 2019 at 10:47 am

    Adam Silver looks creepier than the kid from the movie “Powder”.

    • Pervo the kid loving clown October 8, 2019 at 12:09 pm

      Is Adam Silver a corpse? WTF is wrong with that gender neutral thing?

  • Denenberg's Dumper October 8, 2019 at 11:15 am

    It’s a well-worded statement. I’m not sure they could have done a better job with it
    Maybe they did such a good job on this one because it was a do-over and the first one was so awful. They actually referred to Morey’s tweet as “unfortunate”. Yeah, those “unfortunate” tweets supporting pro-democracy demonstrators. Silver, Harden, Brett Brown and so many others are pathetic hypocrites and cowards.

    • I hate liberals October 8, 2019 at 12:12 pm

      You are so right! Where are all these “woke” idiots like Popovich on this issue? I guarantee you he supports the ChiComs crushing the democracy protesters.

  • Deputy Van Halen October 8, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Steve Kerr amd Pop sure are silent.

  • Woke NBA October 8, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    Where are the NBA’s woke leaders right now? You know, the supposedly outspoken sports figures using their platforms to espouse social justice? NBA coaches Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich feel compelled to comment on every Donald Trump Tweet, yet they can’t utter a word in support of Morey’s Tweet supporting democracy? LeBron thought it was offensive when he was told to shut up and dribble. But the truth is, that was too kind. If you pay him enough money LeBron won’t just shut up and dribble, he’ll shut up, dribble, and defend brutal communist dictatorships with his paid for silence. It’s almost as if these woke NBA activists only speak out when they know the far left wing woke sports media will praise them and there is no risk to their actual income. It’s easy to criticize the president of the United States in this country without any fear of punishment. Especially when the liberal media compare you with Muhammad Ali when you do it.

    • King of the Toys October 8, 2019 at 1:28 pm

      Kerr was asked about it earlier and said he “needs to do more research on the subject” LMAO that dude is plenty researched on every subject about trump, but now that his bullshit “social conscious” has been exposed, he’s got nothing to say. All the while some groveling asses with microphones who are supposed to be media are standing there nodding their heads in agreement with him letting him get away with his bullshit. Lol the media in this country is truly detestable.

      Guys like Kerr, Popovich, Lebron, hell the entire NBA are the height of Vitrue Signaling playing out right before our eyes. Thank you Daryl Morey for exposing these complete frauds of human beings. The players fight against an invisible and non-existent problem here in this country while contributing to actual inequality as poor asians work in sweatshops make their shoes and clothing.

      • Erik Lentz October 8, 2019 at 7:45 pm

        Great post man – i could not agree more!

  • Trayvon October 8, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    If there were any unarmed Blacks killed by the po-leece in Hong Kong, then the Social Justice Warriors would be out in massive protests.

    • Jimmy the Greek October 8, 2019 at 4:20 pm

      Of course you are correct. I have not watched the NBA since mid-80’s. Can’t stand the affleetes acting all uppity. They should know their place. By the way, the average Chinaman is 5’4″ tall. How do they play basketball????


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