The Nets guard addressed the media after the team’s preseason win on Friday and was asked his thoughts on the ongoing China situation.
In the wake of the tweet posted by Rockets general manager Daryl Morey on Oct. 4 supporting the Hong Kong protestors, players across the NBA have been asked to give their take on the situation the league now finds itself in with China. On Friday, the Nets’ Kyrie Irving was the latest to weigh in.
While speaking with reporters after Brooklyn’s 123-107 loss to Toronto on Friday, Irving was asked about China, specifically a closed-door meeting he and several other players had with commissioner Adam Silver in Shanghai on Oct. 9.
“I don’t know whose notes, or who is in there that you can’t really depend on to keep a conversation like that in house,” Irving said, (via ESPN). “Especially when it is about the NBA brand and the NBA players being impacted by it.
“I stand for four things, man. Inner peace, freedom, equality and world peace. So, if that is being conflicted inside of me, I am definitely going to have something to say, and I left it in that room.”
Kyrie Irving on the pro Hong Kong protestors that attended tonight’s game in Barclays (PT 1) pic.twitter.com/pnUUs6TIBv
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) October 19, 2019
Irving also said he and other players had conversations internally and decided as a group to “move forward and play the game.”
“I understand that Hong Kong and China is dealing with their issues, respectively,” Irving said. “But there is enough oppression and stuff going on in America for me not to be involved in the community issues here as well.”
The 27-year-old Irving scored 19 points on 7-of-17 shooting in the Nets’ final preseason game. Brooklyn opens the season at home on Wednesday against the Timberwolves at 7:30 p.m. ET.