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Adam Silver Says He Hopes The NBA Can Find A ‘Mutual Respect’ With China

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David Hookstead Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief
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NBA commissioner Adam Silver wants to have a “mutual respect” with the Chinese government.

The NBA and China had a gigantic falling out when Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey had the audacity to express support for the freedom of people in Hong Kong. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

The Chinese government wanted Morey fired and many people, including LeBron James, seemingly sided with the Communist dictatorship over freedom-loving Americans.

Now, Silver wants the Chinese to respect the league while understanding things are a bit “different.”

Silver said the following when asked by Sean Gregory if the NBA’s relationship with China has improved at all, according to Sopan Deb:

You know, as I’ve said before, you know, we come to China with a certain set of core American values and principles. And I understand also they have a different form of government. And they have a different view of how things have been done, how things should be done. And hopefully, we can find mutual respect for each other.

What a pathetic answer from Adam Silver. I understand that there’s billions of dollars on the line when it comes to the NBA and China, but you just have to eventually draw a line in the sand.

At some point, you just have to be willing to call a spade a spade. The Chinese government is a brutal dictatorship that has committed a laundry list of horrific actions, including forced abortions for Uighur Muslim, who are also locked up across the country.

It’s sad how bad the NBA bows to China. They’re an American sports league that has made billions of dollars because of the USA, and yet, they bend the knee to the dictatorship in China.

It makes me want to puke. Maybe somebody should ask Silver if Tiananmen Square rings a bell.

Let’s also never forget when Warriors coach Steve Kerr was asked about the human rights record in China and tried to compare it to shootings with AR-15s.

The NBA should be ashamed of itself. We don’t need a mutual respect for China. We need to respect, support and promote freedom at all times.