The government-run China Daily claimed in a weekend column that the backlash against basketball player LeBron James for standing with the Communist Party has „nasty racial connotations.“
At least one NFL executive is enjoying the NBA’s troubles, joking that the „woke“ basketball league is being „hoisted on its own petard“ for turning a blind eye to China’s human rights abuse record.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says that China wanted Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey fired over his tweet in support of Hong Kong pro-democracy demonstrators, and the NBA said no.
In a private meeting with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, players from the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers reportedly criticized the league for their handling of the NBA-China rift.
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich shot back at President Trump’s criticisms of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on Sunday, saying he would prefer Silver’s leadership to that of Trump’s.
Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban has never held back from speaking publicly about politics and international relations, but even Cuban is suddenly silent where it concerns China.
China’s English-language propaganda outlets abruptly ceased publishing outlandish invective against the NBA on Friday, their front pages dominated instead by vitriol against Taiwan and pro-Xi Jinping stories.
The National Basketball Association has canceled all press conferences and media availability for the duration of their China trip, to avoid putting their players in „complicated“ and „unfair“ situations.
Former NBA star Charles Barkley has come out against the „idiots“ criticizing the NBA over the China controversy, and defended the league by pointing out the „billions of dollars“ that are at stake.