Shaquille O’Neal: ‘Daryl Morey was right’
Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted support for Hong Kong protesters, who are trying to maintain and expand their freedoms.
China’s economic might has largely spooked people around the NBA from addressing the content of that message. Even Morey backtracked.
The only other person I’d seen maybe give a substantive response on the China-Hong Kong issue was Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who said Morey was “right in saying that.” But a Clippers spokesperson later said Rivers was referring to Morey’s right to express himself. Another team official trying to avoid political controversy or a genuine clarification of Rivers’ intent? Impossible to say.
But Shaquille O’Neal – an all-time great player, prominent voice on NBA telecasts and (maybe most relevantly here) minority owner of the Sacramento Kings – made himself clear.
O’Neal on TNT:
That’s a brave take to deliver in the current landscape.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver is trying to deescalate tension with China. Many around the league resent Morey for getting the league into a difficult situation.
The most important thing is what O’Neal said. But it’s also worth wondering: How will it go over?