If you thought the Hong Kong edition and drama of Daryl Morey were done after the Nets (and Lakers) left China, think again. It's followed them all the way back to the state and straight to the Barclays Center.
After the Lakers in Shanghai and Shenzen had been played by the Nets in a tense atmosphere before the season – China's Communist government canceled performances and press conferences on Houston The Rockets GM tweet supported Hong Kong's demonstrators – many fans came to Brooklyn Preseason final and did the same thing.
The fans in the front row sat diagonally from the Nets bench and put on white shirts with black clothes on the lettering "Free Tibet". A far greater number of fans ̵
The fans were peaceful and none of them were expelled or expelled from the Barclays Center. In view of the ownership of the building, it can be seen whether this continues to be the case.
Network owner Joe Tsai, who bought Mikhail Prokhorov's Nets and Barclays Center in August, has been strongly questioned on this matter. Taiwan-born Tsai lives in Hong Kong and co-founded the Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba. And after Morey retweeted a meme behind the Hong Kong demonstrators, Tsai wrote an open letter on Facebook.
"What is the problem if people express their opinions freely? This freedom is an inherent American value and the NBA has allowed players and other constituents to progressively comment on issues, "Tsai wrote in the letter.
"The problem is that there are certain issues that rank third – rail problems in certain countries, societies and communities.
Supporting a separatist movement on Chinese territory is one of the problems of the third rail, not only for the Chinese government, but also for all citizens in China.
The one thing that is grossly misunderstood and often ignored by the Western press and critics of China is that 1.4 billion Chinese people agree on China's territorial integrity and the country's sovereignty over its homeland , This problem is not negotiable. "
In an exclusive sit-down with The Post last week in Shanghai – the only recent commentary by the Nets or Lakers on the entire China journey – Tsai said the protests are controversial precisely this type of hot-button issue. And clearly, the situation does not diminish.
"I just want to point out how the Chinese mainland feels about this issue," Tsai told the Post. "For the Chinese on the mainland, it's definitely a problem with the third rail."