China vs. The NBA

Dean Neal, Reporter

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On Friday, October 4th, Houston Rockets’ General Manager Daryl Morey sent out the tweet heard around the world. He tweeted  “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong.” He said this days after the Houston Rockets beat the Shanghai Sharks, which is China’s national basketball team. China is a democratic dictatorship country and the whole country took offense to the tweet. Even though the tweet has now been deleted, it still has made the country angry.

China has a lot to do with the NBA, even though there are only a couple of Chinese players in the NBA. China brings in an estimated $4 million dollars to the NBA. Since the tweet, China has suspended their relation with the NBA. If their relationship is cancelled completely, the NBA teams’ salary caps will go from $109.14 million to $98 million.

The NBA and its Commissioner, Adam Silver, have now put out a report on the incident.

“We recognize that the views expressed by Houston Rockets’ general manager Daryl Morey have deeply offended many of our friends and fans in China, which is regrettable. While Daryl has made it clear that his tweet does not represent the Rockets or the NBA, the values of the league support individuals educating themselves and sharing their views on matters important to them. We have great respect for the history and culture of China and hope that sports and the NBA can be used as a unifying force to bridge cultural divides and bring people together.”

NBA leaders such as Gregg Popovich and Steve Kerr haven’t spoken much on the topic, but stand with Adam Silver to make the best decision that he can for America, China, and the NBA.

Hopefully the NBA and China can settle their differences and stick together to make the NBA the best league in the world, and be able to provide basketball for the fans.

 

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