President Donald Trump speaks during an “Opportunity Zone” conference with state, local, tribal, and community leaders at the White House in Washington, April 17, 2019.
Carlos Barria | Reuters
President Donald Trump criticized the NBA for what he called “pandering” to China on Wednesday even as he declined to take a stance on the sports league’s dispute with Beijing.
“They have to work out their own situation. The NBA’s — they know what they’re doing,” Trump told reporters. “I watched the way that [Golden State Warriors coach Steve] Kerr and [San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg] Popovich and some of the others were pandering to China, and yet to our own country, it’s like they don’t respect it.”
The NBA has tried to contain the economic damage in its massive China market this week after Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted in support of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. As organizations and businesses in China cut off their relationships with the NBA, critics on