Duke4life831 wrote:durden_tyler wrote:So there is a chance that the NBA grows a spine and stands up against China?!
Go NBA, i think you are still the most progressive league out there, now you just need a leader (Maybe LeBron) to push Silver to do the right thing.
Lebron has been silent on this issue. This also isn't the NBA growing a spine and standing up to China. Why do you think the NBA has been getting blasted publicly over the past week. All we have seen so far is the Chinese government flexing its muscles and Adam Silver saying he's going to try his best to fix this relationship.
If the NBA was truly this super progressive league, they would've been the ones to end their relationship with China, not the other way around. NBA would be/will be in bed with China as long as they possibly can.
NBA is doing the right thing. Why cut off your nose to spite your face? NBA said they are backing free speech, why should they be expected to take it even further and cut all ties to a huge market? If China wants to cut them off fine but there is no reason for the NBA to intentionally hurt their business for a political statement. They did exactly what they needed to do, said they will not silence their employees, done nothing else to say.
Go ahead and try and repair the friendship it's smart business but they have done plenty by not caving. They put the ball in China's court. You want the NBA then we'll be there, you have an issue with free speech, peace. The NBA is huge in China so they want the NBA just as much as the NBA wants China.