LOS ANGELES — Replica Nike LeBron James Jersey China believes Replica Nike Houston Rockets Jerseys China general manager Daryl Morey “wasn’t educated” before sending out the tweet in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong that damaged relations between China and the NBA.
Speaking for the first time to the media since Morey’s tweet on Oct. 4 set off a firestorm, James declined to comment about the politically tense situation between China and the NBA but did talk about Morey’s tweet and the ramifications it has had in jeopardizing the relationship between China and the league, its owners, teams and players.
“I don’t want to get into a [verbal] feud with Daryl Morey but I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand and he spoke,” James said before the Replica Nike Los Angeles Lakers Jerseys China played the Replica Nike Golden State Warriors Jerseys China at Staples Center in a preseason game. “And so many people could have been harmed not only financially, physically, emotionally, spiritually. So just be careful what we tweet and say and we do, even though, yes, we do have freedom of speech but there can be a lot of negative that comes with that too.”
Sources: Silver, players had tense talk in China
When asked why he feels Morey wasn’t properly informed on the unrest in Hong Kong before tweeting support for protestors, James said it was “just my belief.”
“I believe he was either misinformed or not really educated on the situation and if he was, then so be it,” James said. “I have no idea but that is just my belief. Because when you say things or do things, if you are doing it and you know the people that can be affected by it and the families and individuals and everyone that can be affected by it, sometimes things can be changed as well. And also social media is not always the proper way to go about things as well but that’s just my belief.”
Hong Kong has seen months of protests and increasing violence between demonstrators and police, originally sparked by a proposal that would have allowed extradition from the semi-autonomous territory to mainland China.
The Lakers played two preseason games against the Replica Nike Brooklyn Nets Jerseys China in China and the situation was tense. Both teams did not know if the games would be played upon arriving to Shanghai, where NBA commissioner Adam Silver held a tense meeting with players from both teams last week, sources told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols.
During the meeting, sources said, several prominent players voiced frustration about their perception that they were being put in the middle of the dispute between the NBA and China, and they said they were unhappy about being asked to address the situation by local Chinese reporters before Silver himself was scheduled to do so.
“I think when we talk about the political side, it was a very delicate situation, a very sensitive situation,” James said. “And for me personally, you guys know that when I speak about something, I speak about something I’m very knowledgeable about, something I’m very passionate about. I feel like with this particular situation, it was something not only I was not informed enough about, I just felt like it was something that not only myself or my teammates or my organization had enough information to even talk about it at that point in time and we still feel the same way.”
After Morey’s tweet created an international controversy, the Rockets general manager deleted it and attempted to clarify his intent in subsequent tweets. Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta denounced the original tweet and said the Rockets were “not a political organization” and that Morey did not speak for the team.
During the meeting with the players, sources said, Silver was directly asked whether anything would happen to Morey, as several players said they believed that if a player had cost the NBA millions of dollars because of a tweet, there would be repercussions.
Morey will not face any league discipline for the tweet and Silver defended NBA employees’ right to freedom of speech.
James declined to comment about players voicing their concerns to Silver during that meeting.
“I think that is another situation that should stay behind closed doors,” James said. “We are to see what happens with any of our players or with an owner or with a GM at a later date. I think we all sit back and learn from the situation that happened and understand that what you could tweet or could say, we all talk about freedom of speech, 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.”
“I think Adam has always been receptive about what the players, the coaches, the owners, whoever has comments about our league,” James added of Silver. “… It was a tough situation for Adam as well, having to put out such a fire that he didn’t create, that he didn’t start.”
James said he will return to China when the opportunity presents itself again.
“For me personally, I’ve always been welcomed with open arms,” James said. “I’ve been to China probably over 15-20 times. The main reason why I always wanted to go to China was the game of basketball. The game of basketball has brought people together, in so many different facets, so many different countries, so many different people that you would never ever expect.
“That has always been my goal, going over to China, the game that we all love and talk about every single day, to bring people together in the most positive way. That is why we were there this past trip, myself, the Lakers along with Brooklyn, we were there to continue to promote the game of basketball… That is what I will continue to do because this sport has done so much for me.”