You won’t hear Warriors head coach Steve Kerr talking about China. He had dinner with Steph Curry, but wasn’t in the mood of answering questions about the dispute with China.
general manager Morey expressed his support for protesters in Hong Kong, and
the Chinese government decided to blackball the team.
an avalanche of reactions. China threatened to suspend two preseason games
between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver
went there to fix the problem, and the games were played.
Last week, Kerr didn’t really want to talk about China, and President Donald Trump said the Warriors coach was “like a little boy.”
“I watch this guy Steve Kerr, and he was like a little boy,” the
President said. “He was so scared to be even answering the question. He
couldn’t answer the question, he was shaking. He didn’t know how to answer the
question. He’ll talk about the United States very badly.”
surprised with this behavior. “It was really surprising. But mainly
just because it was me. Then you stop and you think, this is just every day.
This is just another day. I was the shiny object yesterday,” he said. “There
was another one today; there will be a new one tomorrow. And the circus will go
on. It’s just strange, but it happened.”
He didn’t want to talk about the dispute at all. Moreover, Kerr always talks about things that affect him.
“Actually I don’t. It’s a really bizarre international story. A lot of us don’t know what to make of it. It’s something I’m reading about like everybody is, but I’m not gonna comment further.”
The head coach made a smart move with his
decision not to talk about the China issue. He told media members
that he will always speak out about things that matter to him despite Trump’s criticism
and the backlash the league has faced in China.
“Generally, my feeling is the things that I’m going to comment
on are the things that I feel comfortable speaking about, things I feel well
versed about,” he said. “I comment a lot about gun safety. It’s a cause that’s
very near and dear to my heart. It’s very crucial for our country for our
future. We face mass shootings literally every day. So I’m involved with four
or five different gun safety groups. It’s my pet cause. So I’m going to comment
on it. It’s my right. That’s why I love being an American and love my country.
I’m able to channel my energy and my resources to places where I want it to go.
I feel really comfortable with that. There are places where I don’t feel as
comfortable. This would be one of them.”