Nets’ Kyrie Irving reveals what he told Adam Silver about China issue
To say that the Brooklyn Nets had an interesting time during their preseason games in China is an understatement. Given the Chinese government’s anger towards the league due to the tweet of Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey, it’s easy to say that the words Kyrie Irving told Adam Silver during his players-only meeting with the Nets and Los Angeles Lakers are intense.
Apparently, he had some words to say to the commissioner when it comes to the situation they’re now in. According to what he told the press for the first time since their China trip, his words had something to do with his beliefs.
Kyrie Irving on what he said when meeting with Adam Silver in China (in part): "I stand for four things, man. Inner peace. Freedom. Equality and World Peace. So, if that is being conflicted inside of me, I am definitely going to have something to say."
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) October 19, 2019
Interpreting his words, it’s plausible that the star point guard told Silver what he thought about the Hong Kong Freedom movement and the repercussions of standing up to what you believe in. If he is for democracy, then he would have said words in support of the Hong Kong movement. However, he didn’t clarify his words, so it’s unknown what he really said to the commissioner.
Meanwhile, Silver is protecting Morey, insisting that the league will not bow down to calls by the Chinese government to fire the GM.
“We made clear that we were being asked to fire him, by the Chinese government, by the parties we dealt with, government and business,” Silver said. “We said there’s no chance that’s happening. There’s no chance we’ll even discipline him.”
The financial ramifications of the move will be felt throughout the league. However, the NBA will protect their freedom of expression that allows players like Irving and LeBron James to share their thoughts.