The Los Angeles Lakers played their game in Shenzhen on Saturday. They lost to the Brooklyn Nets again, and a tiny detail caught everyone’s attention. LeBron James didn’t talk to media members after the game. Media sessions were cancelled as a result of the tension between the league and China.
It all started when Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey
supported Hong Kong.
The league said it is blocking media
access to teams playing preseason games in
China as it is trying to contain the crisis that
erupted this week.
“We have decided not to hold media
availability for our teams for the remainder of our trip in China,” a
spokeswoman for the NBA said Friday.The
NBA teams visiting China “have been placed into a complicated and unprecedented
situation while abroad and we believe it would be unfair to ask them to address
these matters in real time,” the NBA spokeswoman explained in a statement Friday.
Things don’t look really good at the moment, and the tension is still
here. But experts believe that fans will get over it and enjoy the game.
“Behind the curtain of
government-led boycotts is a massive citizen fan base I believe will ultimately
forgive the NBA because they don’t want their sports mixed with politics,” explains Paul Swangard, who teaches sport
brand strategy at the University of Oregon.
Morey put the NBA in a tough situation as Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni
said.“It’s a tough situation,” he said at a post-game media
conference. “Adam Silver speaks for the NBA, I work for the NBA. I go with
Adam. Commissioner Silver will do the right thing.”
Chinese fans at the Shanghai game
didn’t ignore Morey’s position, but decided to put it aside and focus on
“Of course I put my country first
and I love my country, but I also think coming to watch my favorite basketball
players play is not in conflict with loving my country,” said a 22-year-old
student and LeBron James fan. According
to him, Morey should apologize.
comes to LeBron and the Lakers, they need to work on the chemistry. They lost
to the Nets, and Kevin Durant wasn’t even present and Kyrie Irving was injured.