NBA players and coaches continue to bow to Chinese censorship
Freedom of speech is at the forefront of the two largest economies on the Planet. The United States and China currently immersed in an epic trade war that has global markets rising and falling day to day has taken the back seat to the battle between the NBA, China, Billions of dollars and Free speech. It all started when Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's since-deleted tweet showing support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong caused China's state broadcaster to canceled plans to show a pair of pre-season games in that country. The relationship between China and the NBA – a multibillion-dollar marriage that involves media rights, streaming, merchandise sales and much more is now in jeopardy. Almost immediately after the now infamous tweet by Morey heard round the world, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver spoke at a news Conference defending the NBA’s rights to free speech.