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    I love LeBron skills. Hell, I even love him more for his philanthropy. What I cannot stand is a guy who uses his status to promote what he views as injustice in the U.S. 1) wearing a black hoodie in support of Trayvon Martin, 2) wears a “I Can’t Breathe” shirt during warm-ups, protesting a grand jury’s decision not to indict a New York police officer whose chokehold led to the death of Eric Garner, then has the audacity to call out someone for sharing their belief on social media. LeBron said the following:

    Daryl Morey, was not "educated" on the protests in Hong Kong when he sent a tweet supporting protesters, setting off a controversy between the NBA and China.

    I have togive props to the nba commish for supporting Morey by saying that he is allowed to have opinions much like the players. Kudo’s on that!

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    Lebron James is an absolute moron if he actually wanted this controversy to die down. I mean it was calming down and probably on its way to going away and he just just added gasoline to the fire and a whole bunch of explosives. The dude has made it a million times worse and has now forced even more people to talk about and cover it. Now everything he and the Lakers do this season is going to be engulfed in this controversy and it serves them right.

    Also if the rumors are true and Lebron James actually told Morey to "shut up" about the situation and that by doing what he did it will cost them money it makes this an even bigger story (not worldwide but in the US) because of all the past times that Lebron has waded into issues the 2016 election, various random shootings, the Fox News fued, the NFL kneeling, etc. Basically if true he has no problem poking the hornets nest when it can screw up anybody else but don't dare touch his gravy train or he will chew you out.
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    Hate to say it, but the more info I get about this situation, the more I think it's solely about money and race (and particularly only American blacks, as he's eschewed helping oppressed Africans before) with LeBron.

    Silver stood his ground when LeBron wondered why Morey wasn't blackballed like Kaep. Silver pointed out to LeBron that the NBA isn't like the NFL, and it indeed allowed LeBron and others to criticize the president, among other freedoms of protest. The NBA allows free speech and action, whether it's players and teams being allowed to criticize the president and avoid the White House after winning championships, or even interlock arms during the anthem. It allowed all that. But LeBron's mad because he wants the white GM to get blackballed like Kaep. And he wants the white GM to get called uneducated and uninformed because he wants to throw it back at the white guy in power.

    But the minute it comes to caring about other non-American and non-black people getting persecuted in Hong Kong, he shuts up and dribbles, and saves his own business interests in a country like China, contradicting his supposed care for injustices to people everywhere.

    I get that LeBron is human, and so of course he wants to favor his own minority side over others. But he should stop then pretending that he cares about injustices everywhere to everyone, because he doesn't, and doesn't care to get informed about them. He doesn't care about women's rights, LGBT rights, or rights of black people in other African countries (remember how he refused to assist teammate Ira Newble's activism in Darfur, favoring his business interests in China even then?). Only American black people's rights. And that's only human, but the problem is he pretends to be a social justice warrior for everyone. It would be nice if he were more honest and just admits he wants to help his own kind, and only locally. But he can't do that, pretends to be the champion of the oppressed everywhere, and gets exposed for being every bit as insular as everyone else.

    He's got a lot of thinking to do.
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    Kyrie Irving Spoke About China And Freedom After Pro-Hong Kong Protesters Appeared At Nets-Raptors

    BROOKLYN — The Nets and the NBA hoped the controversy that occurred in China would largely be left behind overseas once they returned home, but Friday’s Nets-Raptors preseason game made it clear that isn’t the case just yet.

    Hundreds of pro-Hong Kong protesters were vocal during the game at Barclays Center, sitting together mostly behind a basket. Though attendance was listed at 12,380, in reality, the venue was half full at most. Late in the fourth quarter, some of those protesters unfurled signs and stood under the Raptors’ net while chanting, some in Winnie the Pooh costumes.


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    Kyrie Irving Spoke About China And Freedom After Pro-Hong Kong Protesters Appeared At Nets-Raptors

    BROOKLYN — The Nets and the NBA hoped the controversy that occurred in China would largely be left behind overseas once they returned home, but Friday’s Nets-Raptors preseason game made it clear that isn’t the case just yet.

    Hundreds of pro-Hong Kong protesters were vocal during the game at Barclays Center, sitting together mostly behind a basket. Though attendance was listed at 12,380, in reality, the venue was half full at most. Late in the fourth quarter, some of those protesters unfurled signs and stood under the Raptors’ net while chanting, some in Winnie the Pooh costumes.


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    The issue definitely isn't going to die down anytime soon. Even if LeBron doesn't say another word about it, the protestors will continue to come, and who knows what others in the NBA might say. I think most will be like Irving and more or less tiptoe around it by speaking in generalities without taking any overt side. Probably what Silver wants them to say, too. Walk on eggshells. Whatever happens from here on out, the ramifications are huge, though, and it raises important questions about how involved famous people and big businesses should be in international relations, including affairs regarding social justice. How far can one carry the cause? How far is it reasonable to extend? How much should we care about our local communities and issues vs. the world's?

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    How much should we care about our local communities and issues vs. the world's?

    Globalists want a world with no borders or walls but they seemingly don't want anybody to talk about the ills of the rest of the world even though they will negatively hurt us not the millionaires and billionaires in the NBA. If the league didn't want to deal with the blow back they never should have opened up their mouths about issues. You can't be a warrior and pick and choose all the easy battles. Irving isn't a big mouth and neither is most of the league. We can all make a list of the players or coaches who are now hiding when they are usually babbling into the microphone 24/7. I don't feel sorry for any of them and I hope the league and especially those people the heat because they are responsible. If you want to change the league from a sports league to a social commentary league except to piss off almost 50% of the people with your opinions. Seems these players/coaches love to dish it out but they can't take the heat at all and hopefully it gets worse for them.










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    Shaq speaks out on NBA-China situation: 'Daryl Morey was right'

    The NBA is back and with it comes the return of TNT’s Inside the NBA, which is known for its’ free-wheeling and candid commentary.

    On the opening night broadcast on Tuesday, NBA analyst Shaquille O’Neal didn’t hesitate to wade into the NBA’s most controversial off-season topic, the Daryl Morey tweet that sparked an international incident. When discussing the events, Shaq was unequivocal in his support of Morey, saying “Daryl Morey was right.”

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/china-n...kong-comments/
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    Shaq speaks out on NBA-China situation: 'Daryl Morey was right'

    The NBA is back and with it comes the return of TNT’s Inside the NBA, which is known for its’ free-wheeling and candid commentary.

    On the opening night broadcast on Tuesday, NBA analyst Shaquille O’Neal didn’t hesitate to wade into the NBA’s most controversial off-season topic, the Daryl Morey tweet that sparked an international incident. When discussing the events, Shaq was unequivocal in his support of Morey, saying “Daryl Morey was right.”

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/china-n...kong-comments/

    Shaq has had the best take so far from everyone I've seen. Chuck, meanwhile, essentially backed LeBron.

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