Report: LeBron told Silver to speak on China situation before players do

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In an Oct. 9 meeting that included all members of the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai, LeBron James informed NBA commissioner Adam Silver that it would be unfair for players to speak publicly about the NBA's ongoing dispute with China before the league or commissioner did so, sources told The Athletic's Shams Charania.

Before James raised concerns, Silver reportedly told the players, who were in the country for two exhibition games, that although the league could not speak publicly on the matter while in China – the Chinese government had canceled his planned press conference – players were encouraged to speak with the media and support the league's stance on free speech.

James, however, said the NBA needed to explain the situation first before the players went on record. He cited safety issues that could arise in a foreign country amid a tense situation and the fact that young players would be commenting on a complex political topic.

#basketball, #professional

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