When Stephen Curry was asked about how the NBA moves forward in its relationship with China, he gave an answer backing Commissioner Adam Silver’s second position and playing it straight down the middle.
LeBron James was a little more aggressive.
LeBron said Rockets’ GM Daryl Morey didn’t have the necessary information to comment, should not have done that with players about to play in China, and talked about financial and other ratifications￼. Via Marc Spears of ESPN and Ben Golliver of the Washington Post.
LeBron’s comments quickly blew up on Twitter, and soon after he clarified what he meant, saying he was referring to the backlash from the Tweet.
Listen to what LeBron said and see if you think his narrow clarifications match up with what he intended to imply.￼
This issue will not die.
Both the NBA and China would like it to, and both are working on relaxing tensions, including NBA preseason games being shown in China again. Both sides want to move on. It’s not good for the NBA’s bottom line, and in China the NBA is incredibly popular with younger generations.
But the questions about relations between the NBA and China are not going away, and issues are going to flare up again.