Donald Trump calls out Steve Kerr, Gregg Popovich over response to China controversy
Trump mocks Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, a frequent critic of his, for how Kerr dodged a question about China, saying, "He was like a little boy, he was so scared…he was shaking."
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) October 9, 2019
He also takes aim at San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich and Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr over the episode, claiming they "talk badly" about the U.S. but not about China — even as Trump himself declines to criticize China over the matter.
— Felicia Sonmez (@feliciasonmez) October 9, 2019
Trump was asked by the media if he’s okay with how China is pressuring the NBA in the wake of a Tweet from Houston Rockets general Daryl Morey and he indicated it is up to the league to work out their situation.
Morey voiced support on Twitter for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Morey deleted the tweet and Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta posted a strong rebuke of Morey’s statement on Twitter.
However, a lot of damage has already been done because of Morey’s tweet. Because of Morey’s tweet, the NBA’s relationship with China is now up in the air. Adam Silver said on Monday the NBA has already had a substantial economic impact from Morey’s tweet.
The Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets play in China on Oct. 10. There are a few other preseason games scheduled to take place in China. The Chinese Basketball Association has reportedly already canceled exhibition games involving the Rockets’ G League affiliate.
U.S. Senator Josh Hawley asked Adam Silver to cancel all the exhibition games in China. This situation is fluid and ongoing.