Lakers’ Frank Vogel says he would be interested in playing NBA games in China again
The Los Angeles Lakers are just coming off a trip to China as a part of the NBA’s Global Games program amid the tensions building between the league and the basketball-crazy nation. By the looks of things, Lakers head coach Frank Vogel enjoyed his stay in the country.
He was asked by the press about his experience in the nation considering the current geopolitical climate. He had nothing but praise for his players for their behavior the entire trip.
Frank Vogel said he was proud of the way the players conducted themselves in China, and said they were willing to do whatever the league asked of them. When asked if he would go back to China for a similar trip in the future, Vogel said yes.
— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) October 15, 2019
It was a very safe answer for Frank Vogel, who obviously didn’t want to add fuel to the fire. The league is doing everything it can to stop the complete meltdown of its relationship with China.
Some Lakers players have enough reasons to be frustrated with this specific and thorny issue. Kyle Kuzma and other NBA players lost lucrative contracts due to the Chinese ban on the association. These losses could affect LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the team’s biggest superstars.
James, an outspoken player who has praised Colin Kaepernick’s stance against police violence and social injustice, spoke about the issue about a week after the controversy blew up. He had interesting words to say.
“I don’t want to get into a feud with Daryl Morey, but I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand, and he spoke. And so many people could have been harmed, not only financially, but physically, emotionally, spiritually. So just be careful what we tweet and what we say.”
Only time can tell if the Lakers will ever return to China. Until things change, this might be the last time an NBA team sets foot on Chinese soil.