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Enes Kanter Freedom has a message for Adam Silver: "You are trying to export this Americana to an Evil Empire"

Everyone is happy about bringing back NBA coverage to China except one person
Enes Kanter Freedom has a message for Adam Silver: "You are trying to export this Americana to an Evil Empire"

Not long after Silver concluded his presser, former Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter Freedom responded via an Instagram post accusing and calling out the commissioner

NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced on Thursday that the NBA is back to being televised on China's CCTV after the 18th-month backout. Silver, who believes that this is a positive development for the league, praised the partnership between the NBA and the Chinese government.

"From a policy standpoint, virtually every Fortune 100 company is doing business in China. We have an enormous, humongous trade relationship with China. Virtually all the phones in this room, the clothes you are wearing, the shoes you are wearing, are made in China," Silver said during his NBA Finals media availability. "From a larger societal standpoint, this is something where we have to look to the U.S. government for direction," Silver added.

Enes Kanter Freedom wants a word with Silver.

Not long after Silver concluded his presser, former Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter Freedom responded via an Instagram post accusing and calling out the commissioner for giving in to the Chinese propaganda. According to Freedom, Silver is only pushing for a fruitful trade partnership between America and China because the former earns billions of dollars from it.

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"You are trying to export this Americana to an evil empire, which gives you billions of dollars to shut up & do their propaganda in our country," Freedom, who has long been protesting about this issue, said.

Silver on the importance of trade relationships with China

The NBA's decade-long partnership with China took a brutal hit in October 2019 after current Philadelphia 76ers general manager Daryl Morey (who at that time was the GM for the Houston Rockets) tweeted in support of Hong Kong for their anti-government protests over a controversial extradition bill.

Because of this, China responded by blacking out every single NBA coverage that aired in their country. The NBA then lost hundreds of millions as its partnership with the Asian empire went south. But as Silver continues to regain the partnership between the league and China, the commissioner still believes in the balance of freedom of speech and the importance of developing a productive trade partnership between both countries.

"Others since then have spoken out about their views around China and other places in the world, and if the consequences are that we're taken off the air or we lose money, we accept that," Silver said.

"And if people are suggesting now that we should no longer have trade relations with China, and I don't think they are, that's a huge global issue where we will follow the lead from our government," Silver added

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