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Gabe Fernandez Gabe Fernandez Oct 25, 2019. 2 comments

Adam Silver Says Issues Between U.S. And China Have "Absolutely Nothing To Do With The NBA"

Adam Silver Says Issues Between U.S. And China Have "Absolutely Nothing To Do With The NBA"

At the beginning of Inside the NBA on Thursday, Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley sat with commissioner Adam Silver just a couple days after the

crew tackled the league’s China debacle for the first time this season. As a quick note for context about this segment’s somber tone and pacing, the crew spent the first couple minutes of the show discussing the death of Shaq’s sister,...

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Oct 23, 2019. 7 comments

An Interview With The Viral Chinese Stunt Drinker Who Became Our King

An Interview With The Viral Chinese Stunt Drinker Who Became Our King

One day late last month, Liu Shichao, a 33-year-old farmer in China’s northern Hebei province, awoke to a flood of messages that he had become famous on a foreign social networking platform called Twitter. Liu had never heard of this app; social media giants like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have been blocked in China for nearly a decade thanks to the ruling Party’s desire to maintain a...

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Oct 18, 2019. 20 comments

Adam Silver Says The Chinese Government Asked Him To Fire Daryl Morey

Adam Silver Says The Chinese Government Asked Him To Fire Daryl Morey

Adam Silver appeared at a Time magazine event this morning in New York City, where he spoke on the

roiling controversy his organization has been in since Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey expressed a modicum of support for the Hong Kong protests. It was Silver’s first interview on the subject since returning to the United States from the NBA’s preseason Asia tour, and he addressed the scope of...

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Oct 16, 2019. 19 comments

LeBron James, One Day After Tossing Daryl Morey Under A Bus: "I Won't Talk About It Again"

LeBron James, One Day After Tossing Daryl Morey Under A Bus: "I Won't Talk About It Again"

LeBron James

finally spoke on Monday about the outsized controversy surrounding Daryl Morey’s deleted tweet supporting pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. LeBron’s position was weak and transparently cynical , and he took a justified beating for sharing it, and ultimately spent part of his Monday night trying to clean things up. After making another half-hearted effort on that front...

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Oct 16, 2019. 20 comments

LeBron Made His Choice, And He Chose LeBron

LeBron Made His Choice, And He Chose LeBron

For whatever his faults may be (not being on your favorite team, hubris, brazenly studying the room without trying to hide it, etc.), LeBron James has consistently been a voice of progressive reason, but he has also been relentlessly acquisitive. Thus, no one ought to be nearly so surprised, shocked, or offended that he wanted to

protect any personal financial impact from the NBA’s China...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Oct 16, 2019. 17 comments

Enes Kanter Appears To Take Shot At LeBron James's China Comments, Says "Freedom Is Not Free"

Enes Kanter Appears To Take Shot At LeBron James's China Comments, Says "Freedom Is Not Free"

On the most generous possible read, the NBA-China news cycle has revealed just how little players and coaches have ever considered the ethical stakes of doing business with an authoritarian state. The more cynical read is that they understand these stakes well enough but have decided there’s way too much money on the table to describe them out loud. (On Monday, LeBron James, with his

oblique...

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Oct 15, 2019. 18 comments

LeBron James Finally Takes Question About China, Responds By Licking The Boot

LeBron James Finally Takes Question About China, Responds By Licking The Boot

LeBron James has been silent on the matter of China

throwing a massive temper tantrum over Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeting and deleting a limp slogan in support of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. With the NBA spasming and losing bowel control around him, the world’s most visible basketball player managed to go more than a week without so much as uttering a “no comment”...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Oct 15, 2019. 17 comments

The Future Of Adrian Wojnarowski's Tencent Show Is Up In The Air After He "Liked" Daryl Morey's Hong Kong Tweet [Update]

The Future Of Adrian Wojnarowski's Tencent Show Is Up In The Air After He "Liked" Daryl Morey's Hong Kong Tweet [Update]

Now that last week’s roiling spat between the Chinese government and the NBA has mostly cooled, the global-sports-industrial complex is back to business as usual. Pre-season NBA games were held in China on Thursday and Saturday and everything went off relatively smoothly (with only a few minor

hitches ), and the Chinese government has also reportedly tamped down on its rhetoric against the...

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Oct 12, 2019. 14 comments

Steve Kerr Reminds Us Who The NBA's Unifying Powers Really Serve

Steve Kerr Reminds Us Who The NBA's Unifying Powers Really Serve

“The world is a complex place and there’s more gray than black-and-white.” That is how Steve Kerr rationalized his refusal to comment on the

not-actually-all-that-complex topic of the NBA bowing to the Chinese government’s rage over an American in America exercising of one of America’s most fundamental rights. Those words and the many others that accompanied them were part of a long...

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Oct 11, 2019. 15 comments

Rockets Flack Tells Reporter To Stick To Sports After She Asks Players About Political Expression

Rockets Flack Tells Reporter To Stick To Sports After She Asks Players About Political Expression

Russell Westbrook and James Harden each dropped 22 points in the Rockets’ preseason victory over the Raptors in Saitama, Japan. In the postgame presser, CNN’s Christina Macfarlane asked a question of the two players:

The NBA has always been a league that prides itself on its players and its coaches being able to speak out openly about political and societal affairs. I just wonder after the...

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Oct 10, 2019. 21 comments

Maybe It's Not That Complicated

Maybe It's Not That Complicated

Over the last few days, many people in the NBA and wider sports media world have settled on a basic talking point when discussing the ongoing international incident that Rockets GM Daryl Morey kicked off when he tweeted a message of support for pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong: It’s complicated. But is it all that complicated?

The various social and historical factors motivating both the...

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Oct 10, 2019. 22 comments

Meatball President Criticizes NBA Coaches For Weak Statements On China, Instead Of Answering Direct Question About China

Meatball President Criticizes NBA Coaches For Weak Statements On China, Instead Of Answering Direct Question About China

President Trump was asked a direct question Wednesday about the

ongoing and escalating conflict between the NBA and the Chinese government , which started with a seven-word tweet of support for Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey . Because he is incapable of processing the world as anything other than a series of sleazy opportunities and...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Oct 09, 2019. 24 comments

Internal Memo: ESPN Forbids Discussion Of Chinese Politics When Discussing Daryl Morey's Tweet About Chinese Politics

Internal Memo: ESPN Forbids Discussion Of Chinese Politics When Discussing Daryl Morey's Tweet About Chinese Politics

If you paid attention to ESPN channels yesterday, you saw the network repeatedly attempt to grapple with the story of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey creating an international incident after

tweeting and then deleting his support for pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong. You heard talking head after talking head castigate Morey for sending the tweet, speculation over whether...

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Albert Burneko Albert Burneko Oct 08, 2019. 22 comments

Adam Silver Issues Statement Meant To Appease Everybody; China Doesn't Buy It

Adam Silver Issues Statement Meant To Appease Everybody; China Doesn't Buy It

NBA commissioner Adam Silver has released a second public statement regarding the controversy over Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s

tweet in support of Hong Kong pro-democracy protests , and the Chinese government’s punitive response to the tweet.

The league office’s first attempt at an official response, issued over the weekend as the full scope of the Chinese government’s

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Lauren Theisen Lauren Theisen Oct 08, 2019. 10 comments

Stephen A. Smith Pauses Between Bootlicks To Tell Daryl Morey To Grow Up

Stephen A. Smith Pauses Between Bootlicks To Tell Daryl Morey To Grow Up

Ahead of his radio program this afternoon, Stephen A. Smith clearly thought long and hard about Daryl Morey’s tweet supporting Hong Kong protestors, the

ensuing controversy and Morey’s subsequent backtracking , and the large-scale implications of all of the above on relationships between China and U.S.-based businesses. And then Smith went on the air and made some salient points about civil...

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Drew Magary Drew Magary Oct 08, 2019. 11 comments

The NBA Doesn’t Give A Fuck About People

The NBA Doesn’t Give A Fuck About People

The NBA already knows the math. The NBA already knows that whatever price it may pay for aligning themselves with the Chinese government against one of its own teams’ employees—all because

Rockets GM Daryl Morey tweeted out a show of support for protesters in Hong Kong—will be nothing compared to what they stood to lose if they had grown a fucking spine. Morey’s single tweet was enough to...

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Ray Ratto Ray Ratto Oct 07, 2019. 8 comments

How Much Is China Worth To The NBA?

How Much Is China Worth To The NBA?

Adam Silver has been credited many things in his time fronting the money of the National Basketball Association, and even after you allow for the 30 percent reputational mark-up when compared with the other commissioners in North American sports, he’s done quite well. But now he is confronted by the hottest-burning question of his tenure: What is China worth?

It’s almost certainly going to be...

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Tom Ley Tom Ley Oct 07, 2019. 15 comments

The NBA Is Happy To Play China's Game

The NBA Is Happy To Play China's Game

If you were to work backwards, you’d find it pretty difficult to understand what exactly Daryl Morey said, and who exactly was so offended by it.

Start with the latest communique, from billionaire Taiwanese-Canadian Nets owner Joe Tsai, which provides not just a grim history of the Boxer Rebellion and the Massacre of Nanjing, but the implication that Rockets GM Daryl Morey did something so...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Oct 06, 2019. 6 comments

China Abruptly Pulls Away From Rockets Over Daryl Morey's Since-Deleted Hong Kong Tweet

China Abruptly Pulls Away From Rockets Over Daryl Morey's Since-Deleted Hong Kong Tweet

The backlash in China to a tweet from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey supporting Hong Kong protesters has accelerated over the weekend, now to include formal consequences. The Rockets, long one of the most popular NBA teams in China, are now seeing their foothold in the country swiftly eroded and destabilized, and they appear headed for a possible blackout.

Morey

posted a tweet...

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Lauren Teixeira Lauren Teixeira Oct 03, 2019. 11 comments

He Never Intended To Become A Political Dissident, But Then He Started Beating Up Tai Chi Masters

He Never Intended To Become A Political Dissident, But Then He Started Beating Up Tai Chi Masters

On a recent Thursday evening in August, a 40-year-old MMA gym owner in Beijing named Xu Xiaodong activated his VPN, hopped over the Chinese government’s internet firewall, and began his first-ever live YouTube broadcast. He wanted to talk about the ongoing protests in Hong Kong, in which hundreds of thousands of citizens have demonstrated against mainland China’s attempts to circumvent Hong...

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