"As an American people" We do a lot of business in China and they know and understand our values and we understand their values, "said O'Neal." And one of our best values here in America is the freedom of speech. We can say what we want to say, and we can talk about injustice and that's exactly how it works. And if people do not. "Understand, that's something they have to deal with."
He added that the situation was "unfortunate" for both sides, but that "Daryl Morey was right."
Morey apologized and put out the tweet, but the dispute continued ̵
O & Neal suggested that he and others would not be silenced by threatening financial repercussions, especially with regard to their social media accounts he did, "said O'Neal." When it comes to business, you sometimes have to tiptoe, but again, they understand our values and we understand our values and here we have the right to speak. Especially with social media – we'll say whatever we want to say when we want to say it.
The basketball enthusiasm in China has only grown since then, according to one analyst, China makes at least This is 10% of the league's current revenue and is expected to add more to the country over the next decade, reaching perhaps 20% of the league's revenue by 2030.
situation at hand and he spoke, "James told reporters." I just think that one, if misinformed is or is not informed about anything – and I'm just talking about the tweet itself – never knows the consequences that can occur. We all see what that did – not just for our league, but for all of us in America, including the people of China. "
In a tweet after the interview, James clarified that Morey was not aware of the effects of tweets in Hong Kong than the situation on the ground." I do not think the consequences and implications of the tweets were taken into account, "he wrote "I do not argue about the substance. Others may talk about it. "
James's statements sparked controversy and many accused him of putting the value of Chinese business over the American value of free speech, defending some basketball figures, such as former NBA player Charles Barkley James, others like Enes Kanter, who plays for the Boston Celtics, seemed to be practicing sneaky criticism. "Wow buddy!" Kanter tweeted shortly after James's remarks.