NBA's Silver says China crisis triggered 'substantial' losses

NBA's Silver says China crisis triggered 'substantial' losses

The host of The Daily Show was remarking on the firestorm of criticism being endured by the Los Angeles Lakers forward, who said earlier this week that Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey's tweet supporting Hong Kong's protests were "misinformed". "I'm not saying at this particular time, but if you don't feel like you should speak on things, you shouldn't have to".

"Yes, we do have freedom of speech, but at times there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you are not thinking about others and only thinking about yourself", James said.

When James was asked about the situation before the Lakers played a pre-season game across the river from Hong Kong this weekend, he responded: "I don't want to get into a ... feud with Daryl, but I believe he wasn't educated about the situation". "And so many people could have been harmed, not only financially, but physically, emotionally, spiritually".

"I don't know where we go from here", Silver added.

Leaving a final decision to the U.S. government on an ethical issue could open another area for criticism, but Silver says the league has always seen engagement as a positive value for uniting people - one that has also proven very profitable.

"Let me clear up the confusion". I'm not discussing the substance. "My team and this league just went through a hard week. I certainly didn't see it that way, but people are entitled to their opinion". I do not believe there was any consideration for the consequences and ramifications of the tweet. "Could have waited a week to send it".

Players and management have since been further drawn into the controversy, and critics have accused the league of deferring to China to protect its economic interests in the authoritarian country.

Chinese government officials ordered the National Basketball Association to cancel media availability prior to two planned exhibition games in the country earlier this month, including Silver's planned press conference, FOX Business reported at the time.

But now that we think about it, maybe James is correct.

But at the same time, LeBron and the Lakers mercifully get back to doing what they do by getting back to playing basketball and preparing for the regular season, which is set to begin on October 22 when they play against Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers.

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