LeBron James clearly wasn't a fan of Daryl Morey's recent tweet in support of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, particularly because of the financial ramifications and how it has tarnished relations between the NBA and China.
Speaking to reporters on Monday night, LeBron said that Morey "wasn't educated" and was "misinformed" before he sent a now-deleted tweet on October 4 that read, "Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong."
LeBron's full comments (H/T ESPN):
"I don't want to get into a [verbal] feud with Daryl Morey, but I believe he wasn't educated on the situation at hand, and he spoke," James said. "And so many people could have been harmed not only financially, physically, emotionally, spiritually. So just be careful what we tweet and say and we do, even though, yes, we do have freedom of speech, but there can be a lot of negative that comes with that, too."
"I believe he was either misinformed or not really educated on the situation, and if he was, then so be it," James continued. "I have no idea, but that is just my belief. Because when you say things or do things, if you are doing it and you know the people that can be affected by it and the families and individuals and everyone that can be affected by it, sometimes things can be changed as well. And also social media is not always the proper way to go about things as well, but that's just my belief."
The four-time MVP received a ton of backlash on social media immediately after making those comments and he quickly attempted to clear things up, but he's going to need some serious damage control on this one.
Check out LeBron's follow-up tweets, as well as the reactions to his statement, below.
LeBron Drains Half Court Three In Final Seconds Of Lakers Scrimmage: Watch
LBJ from the logo...
NBA training camps are officially underway across the league and the highlights that basketball fans have been dying for are slowing starting to surface. Just yesterday, we saw an early glimpse of the Lonzo Ball-Zion Williamson connection in New Orleans, and today we got our first LeBron highlight of training camp.
The four-time NBA MVP and his teammates took part in a full scrimmage on Thursday which came down to the wire as LeBron's squad trailed 101-98 with just seconds remaining. That's when the Space Jam 2 star pulled up from the logo and buried a three to tie things up.
Check out the footage below.
LeBron and the Lakers have six pre-season games on the docket this month, starting with a matchup against the Golden State Warriors this Saturday, October 5, followed by a pair of games against the Brooklyn Nets in China. It remains to be seen just how much action, if any, LeBron and Anthony Davis will get in those pre-season games but the team has already announced that third-year forward Kyle Kuzma won't be playing at all.
Last week them announced that Kuz is still recovering from a stress reaction in his left foot and he'll undergo an MRI when the team returns from their trip to China in mid October. The 24-year old forward averaged 18.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in his second season with the Lakers last year.
The Lakers will open the 2019-20 regular season on October 22 as they take on the new-look Los Angeles Clippers in the second game of TNT's opening night double-header.
LeBron James Jokingly Laughs Off Idea Of Wearing Goggles Like Kareem
Fans want to see LeBron throw it all the way back.
LeBron James had a rough first season with the Los Angeles Lakers as the team finished in 10th place in the Western Conference and missed the playoffs. During the offseason, the team has been making significant moves to improve the roster, including the trade which brought Anthony Davis over from the New Orleans Pelicans. LeBron decided to give Davis his number 23 and now, James will be wearing the number 6 like he did while in Miami. The King also revealed that he would be bringing back his signature chalk toss which was easily one of the most exciting intros in all of sports.
On Twitter today, one fan suggested LeBron should take it up a notch as he posted a photo of the Lakers star with goggles on. Of course, this is a nod to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who was famous for his sports goggles out on the court.
LeBron thought the tweet was pretty funny as he replied with a whole clip of laughing emojis. Based on this reaction, we won't be seeing the goggles any time soon, although it would probably be a hilarious sight to behold.
Heading into next season, Lebron will have to provide some Kareem-inspired leadership if he wants to give his squad an opportunity to win. Only time will tell whether or not they can get it done.
LeBron James To Start At Point Guard For Lakers: Report
Lakers intend to start LeBron at point, according to report.
The Los Angeles Lakers intend to start LeBron James at the point guard position next season alongside shooting guard Danny Green, according to a report by Yahoo's Chris Haynes.
The 6'8 point-forward averaged 27.4 points to go along with 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists in a career-low 55 games for the Lakers last season. Other point guards currently on the Lakers roster are Alex Caruso, Quinn Cook and Rajon Rondo.
LeBron, who will be entering his 17th NBA season, is among the most gifted passers in the game and he's no stranger to bringing the ball up the court and conducting the offense. Now that head coach Frank Vogel is prepared to slot the four-time MVP at the starting point guard position, it presents a nightmare matchup situation for opposing guards.
As mentioned, LeBron is expected to start in the backcourt with Danny Green, who the Lakers recently signed to a two-year $30 million deal after missing out on Kawhi Leonard. The team also reached a one-year deal with DeMarcus Cousins, and a two-year deal with veteran shooting guard Avery Bradley.
Los Angeles also inked deals with Jared Dudley and Troy Daniels, while re-signing shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and center JaVale McGee. Third-year forward Kyle Kuzma and six-time All Star Anthony Davis round out the Lakers roster as it stands right now.
LeBron James Debuts Nike LeBron 3 "Lakers" PE
Even PJ Tucker was impressed with LeBron's footwear at LV Summer League.
LeBron James was among the many NBA stars who invaded Las Vegas this past weekend for the NBA Summer League action, specifically to see the debut of New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson.
LeBron was joined by his fellow Lakers teammates Anthony Davis and Kyle Kuzma, and of course the cameras were rolling as the trio sat court side at the Thomas & Mack Center. As seen in the images provided below, LeBron was spotted in a never before seen Lakers colorway of the Nike LeBron 3.
The kicks are highlighted by a mismatched design, with the right shoe opting for a yellow and white build with purple detailing, while the left shoe flips the script. Scroll through the IG post embedded below for another look at the Lake Show LeBron 3s, and stay tuned to find out if this exclusive colorway will be heading to retailers in the future.