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Leonard leads Clippers over LeBron and Lakers 112-102

Kawhi Leonard hit seven straight shots in one stretch, creating a run for the Clippers that his new teammates quickly joined.

“It’s a great sign of leadership,” coach Doc Rivers said. “He talks with his game.”

Leonard began a new career chapter Tuesday night, scoring 30 points to go with a strong bench effort in a 112-102 victory over LeBron James and the Lakers in the teams’ season opener.

Leonard chose the Clippers because he wanted to come home and his family was on hand.

“All those emotions went through me again,” he said.

Lou Williams added 21 points and Montrezl Harrell had 17 off the bench when the Clippers began their 50th season overall and 36th in Los Angeles as the once unlikely but now favorites to win the franchise’s first NBA championship.

“It’s one of 82 (games),” Rivers said. “Next question.”

Leonard won his second NBA title last season in Toronto.

The Lakers showed off their new 1-2 punch of James and Anthony Davis. Davis scored 25 points, making 9 of 14 free throws, and James had 18.

“For us, we’re both aggressive,” Davis said. “Sometimes we kind of miss each other. I missed him a couple times and he missed me, so just trying to figure it out.”

Danny Green outscored them both with 28 points, including seven 3-pointers, in the highest-scoring debut by a Laker in franchise history.

Leonard got it done without his personal recruit Paul George, sidelined indefinitely while rehabbing from a pair of offseason shoulder surgeries.

“It’s just the first game of the season, so it’s going to take the season and mistakes and success to get us on the same page,” Leonard said.

Wearing a black tuxedo jacket and bow tie, George received a mixed reaction when introduced in the playoff-like atmosphere at Staples Center, where the Clippers were the home team for the first of four meetings in the arena the teams share.

“Their fans were very loud early and I thought our fans took over from that point on,” Rivers said. “It’s great for the city.”

The Clippers’ reserves outscored the Lakers’ bench, 60-19. Last season, Williams and Harrell were the NBA’s highest-scoring reserve duo, and they picked up where they left off.

“This bench is going to be better this year than even last year,” Rivers said.

It came down to the fourth quarter, and the Clippers dominated.

Tied 85-all, they opened with a 19-7 run to go up 104-92. Five different players scored and Leonard assisted on Maurice Harkless’ 3-pointer.

James had three of the Lakers’ six turnovers in the fourth, when Harkless and Leonard each blocked shots by Dwight Howard.

“That was just very careless and they capitalized off of it,” James said.

With 4 ½ minutes left, Lakers fans chanted “Let’s go, Lakers! Let’s go, Lakers!” while others hit the exits.

“The NBA’s back and everyone’s trying to have the narrative of it’s a rivalry game and it’s a huge test,” James said, “but I think both teams are not where they want to be. We have a lot of room to improve.”

The Lakers erased a 14-point deficit in the third, led by Danny Green’s 18 points. He capped a 15-0 run with his fifth 3-pointer before JaMychal Green’s 3-pointer pulled the Clippers into an 85-all tie heading into the fourth.

The Clippers outscored the Lakers 40-29 in the second quarter, buoyed by 16 points from Leonard. He made seven straight shots on a variety of moves — pullups, fadeaways, a cutting dunk.

The Lakers raced to a 13-2 lead, their largest of the game. James scored over Leonard and he later heard “MVP! MVP!” chants while sinking his first free throws of the season.

The Lakers shot 53% from the floor in the first quarter, while the Clippers missed shots and had a basket by Williams taken away when the Lakers challenged a foul call on Howard.

The rivalry was on early with a male fan shouting “Go Lakers!” during the national anthem, drawing big cheers while Clipper fans booed.

“It was everything I expected,” Davis said. “Very anticipated game and it was fun.”

TIP-INS

Lakers: They fell to 43-29 all-time in season openers. … G Rajon Rondo (sore right calf) sat out.

Clippers: They improved to 25-25 in openers all-time, but still trail the Lakers 3-2 when the teams meet in a season opener. … G Rodney McGruder (right ankle sprain) missed the game.

WARNING FANS

As part of the NBA’s crackdown on fan behavior this season, cards carrying a message from league security were on seats located courtside and the first couple rows back. They reminded that every fan is required to comply with the league’s fan code of conduct and anyone who acts inappropriately may be subject to ejection and-or revocation of their tickets. The public address announcer reminded fans before both halves about minding their manners.

LEONARD’S GREETING

Leonard took to the mic to welcome Clippers fans to the game. He had to raise his usually low voice to be heard over the din, a mix of cheers from Clippers fans and boos from Lakers fans. “It’s going to be a great season,” Leonard said. “We’re going to play hard every night. Let’s get it going.”

STARRY NIGHT

Famous faces came out, including Kate Hudson, Angela Bassett, Jeff Garlin, and athletes Lisa Leslie and Diana Taurasi of the WNBA, Joc Pederson of the Dodgers and soccer player Alex Morgan. Halsey performed outdoors at LA Live before the game and Ty Dolla $ign rapped at halftime.

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Lakers: Return to Staples Center as the home team Friday against Utah. The Lakers are 25-12 all-time against the Jazz at home.

Clippers: Travel to Golden State on Thursday to open the Chase Center in San Francisco in another blockbuster matchup.

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Hong Kong flag flies during TNT coverage of Lakers-Clippers NBA season opener

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A large Hong Kong flag was seen waving in the middle of the crowd outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles during TNT’s coverage of Tuesday night’s NBA season opener between the Lakers and Clippers — and quickly sparked debate on social media.

Some praised the fan for waving the flag, while others said politics should be kept out of sports. Others tried to interpret whether TNT was taking a position in the dispute between Hong Kong and China, judging by how long the flag remained on screen.

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The NBA became linked to the Hong Kong-China dispute earlier this month when the general manager of the Houston Rockets wrote a Twitter message in support of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy demonstrators just as two NBA clubs — the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets — were beginning a visit to China to play a pair of preseason games and make promotional appearances.

The NBA drew criticism for a series of awkward comments — by executives and players alike — made in response to the Rockets executive’s tweet, which was deleted. The NBA, as well as several other American companies, have received backlash for allegedly censoring their employees in an effort to preserve business relationships with China amid months of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, a Chinese territory.

Some Nets expressed support for Hong Kong when the team returned to Brooklyn. At  Tuesday’s game in Los Angeles, some fans there also showed the debate wasn’t over.

SHAQ DEFENDS DARYL MOREY AMID NBA-CHINA FEUD: IN AMERICA, ‘WE’RE ALLOWED TO SPEAK OUT ON INJUSTICES’

“To the guy waving the Hong Kong flag in the middle of the NBA halftime show, and to TNT letting it fly, thank you,” one Twitter user wrote.

“Large Hong Kong flag flying between Ernie and Kennie. Let’s see if TNT keeps showing it,” one user initially said. “TNT doesn’t seem to be trying to hide it. Panning to the view that shows it about as much as normal,” the same user wrote later on.

Some Twitters users praised whoever in the crowd decided to wave the Hong Kong flag. While others online said the flag was an unwelcome attempt to bring politics into sports.

“WHOEVERS WAVING THE HONG KONG FLAG AT THE TNT THING OUTSIDE STAPLES CENTER IS A NATIONAL HERO,” one Twitter user wrote.

“Whoever waving the Hong Kong flag behind the NBA on TNT Studio needs to chill. STOP. POLITICIZING. SPORTS,” another user wrote.

One user speculated that the TNT broadcast would not air in China after the Hong Kong flag was allowed to remain on the screen.

“I take in TNT commentary doesn’t air in China cuz there’s a large Hong Kong flag …. and another I don’t recognize,” the Twitter user wrote.

Appearing on TNT pre-game analysis earlier Tuesday, Shaquille O’Neal rushed to the defense of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey amid the ongoing feud between the NBA and China. Morey sparked a firestorm Oct. 4 after he expressed solidarity with Hong Kong protesters on Twitter. Several prominent figures within the NBA have been reluctant to comment on the situation and criticize China, including outspoken anti-Trump critics such as Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr and NBA superstar LeBron James.

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Activists also planned to hand out more than 10,000 pro-Hong Kong T-shirts at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday after a crowdsourcing page set up by an NBA fan in Northern California raised nearly $43,000 in a span of two days, The Orange County Register reported.

Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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Sen. Hawley calls out NBA and Apple for becoming part of the ‘Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda arm’

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The NBA and Apple are bowing to China and becoming part of its communist propaganda machine to increase their bottom line, said Sen. Josh Hawley on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday.

“This is how Beijing plays ball. They tighten the screws,” he said. “Now they want to censor Americans. The thing about the NBA is… they’re trying to tell Americans what we can and cannot say. My word to the NBA is, don’t become part of the Chinese Communist party’s propaganda arm.

“Have a little Independence. Stand up for yourself,” Hawley, R-Mo., continued.

“Same message to Apple… I see Tim Cook now is going to join the board of a Chinese state-run university. I hope he’s going to be teaching on human rights in Tiananmen Square. It’s time for some of these multinational corporations to get a little backbone.”

Hawley discussed the protests in Hong Kong and praised President Trump for keeping up the pressure on the Chinese government to prevent a domino effect that could lead to Beijing seizing power and territory throughout the eastern part of the world.

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“We’ve got to stand up and keep the pressure up. President Trump, having the trade pressure on China has actually helped Hong Kong. It’s actually helped keep Beijing in check,” he said earlier in the interview.

“We’re not just going to watch Hong Kong get steamrolled,” Hawley added. “Because next it will be Taiwan and then it will be the region. And we know what China wants to ultimately do, is shut us out of the region and take away all of our jobs and our ability to trade.”

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He also said Americans should now know what China is capable of after seeing their violent and oppressive crackdown in Hong Kong, where the senator traveled last week.

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“The government there in Hong Kong, which is not elected by the way… essentially installed by Beijing, continues to suspend the right to protest,” he said earlier in the interview. “They won’t grant protest permits. They’re using violent tactics — brutal tactics to disperse the protesters. They won’t submit to a right to vote. Hong Kong is becoming a police state and that’s bad news for us.

“We know what China’s capable of. They’ve been ripping us off… for years,” Hawley added.

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Adam Silver warned of ‘retribution’ for allegedly lying about China requesting he fire Rockets GM

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver should fear “retribution” for allegedly lying when he said Chinese officials asked him to fire a Houston Rockets executive over a pro-Hong Kong tweet, state media in China warned Saturday.

The state-run China Central Television broadcast the threat, saying “it is ugly for the president of an internationally influential sports league to openly make up a lie to discredit China,” according to The New York Times. The broadcast added Silver’s alleged lie showed he had character issues.

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CCTV’s broadcast also blasted Silver’s moral compass, saying “once someone’s morality goes wrong, he will receive retribution sooner or later” and that “freedom of speech does not mean that it can be arbitrary nonsense.”

CCTV’s response came days after Silver said at a Time Magazine event that the Chinese government urged him to fire Daryl Morey for his tweet supporting pro-democracy Hong Kong demonstrators. Silver said he refused the request.

“We made clear that we were being asked to fire him, by the Chinese government, by the parties we dealt with, government and business,” he said. “We said there’s no chance that’s happening. There’s no chance we’ll even discipline him.”

CHINA DENIES ASKING NBA’S ADAM SILVER TO FIRE ROCKETS GM OVER PRO-HONG KONG TWEET

Silver added: “These American values — we are an American business — travel with us wherever we go. And one of those values is free expression. We wanted to make sure that everyone understood we were supporting free expression.”

On Friday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said no request was made of the commissioner.

“We especially went to the relevant departments to check on this claim,” Geng told reporters in Beijing, according to Reuters. “The Chinese government has never made this kind of request.”

Morey later deleted the tweet from his personal account, but not before spurring a rebuke from the NBA and inciting a backlash in China. Authorities in the Communist country canceled publicity events and news conferences last week during an NBA preseason visit, while state TV refused to broadcast two exhibition games between the Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Lakers superstar LeBron James, considered one of the more outspoken athletes on social justice issues in a league that prides itself on being one of the most progressive in sports, was skewered last week after he criticized Morey’s tweet as “either misinformed or not really educated on the situation.” Some Hong Kong protesters later burned and stomped on James jerseys during a rally.

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In a closed-door meeting in Shanghai, James reportedly asked Silver what he was going to do about the Morey tweet and whether discipline was going to be handed down. Silver disagreed that any punishment was warranted, using the example that no player or coach had been penalized for criticizing President Trump.

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Brooklyn Nets fans target LeBron James, support Hong Kong in Barclays Center protest

A group of fans held signs, wore shirts and chanted support for Hong Kong and Tibet in the Brooklyn Nets’ first game since returning from China.

The fans sat behind the backboard near the Nets’ bench at Barclays Center in their 123-107 loss to Toronto on Friday night.

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People raise signs referencing Tibet and Hong Kong during the fourth quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game between the Toronto Raptors and the Brooklyn Nets, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, in New York.  (AP)

The Nets returned this week after playing exhibition games against the Los Angeles Lakers in Shanghai and Shenzhen. The games were not televised in China after relations between the NBA and Chinese officials became strained following Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s tweet in support of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

One sign was aimed at LeBron James and Nets owner Joe Tsai, the co-founder of the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, who were critical of Morey’s tweet. Tsai wrote a Facebook post explaining why the since-deleted tweet was upsetting to the Chinese.

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People raise signs referencing Tibet and Hong Kong during the fourth quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game between the Toronto Raptors and the Brooklyn Nets, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Sarah Stier)

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Nets guard Kyrie Irving said he understood why the protesters came to the game.

“I think that when you think about communities across the world, I think that a lot of people would stand for world peace,” he said.

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“Government gets involved and impacts different communities in different ways. The reality is that as individuals it’s our job to stand up for what we believe in. I understand Hong Kong and China is dealing with their issues respectively, but there’s enough oppression and stuff going on in America for me not to be involved in the community issues here as well.”

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Ex-Dallas Maverick Harrison Barnes to pay for funeral of Texas police shooting victim Atatiana Jefferson, report says

Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes, formerly of the Dallas Mavericks, is paying for the funeral of Atatiana Jefferson, who was killed in her apartment on Saturday when a Fort Worth, Texas, police officer fired a gunshot through a back window, according to a report.

Jefferson was playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew when she was killed by an officer responding to a call about an open front door. Aaron Dean, 34, did not identify himself as an officer before opening fire, police video showed. He resigned Monday and later was charged with murder.

Barnes and his wife had a history of giving back to their North Texas community, such as providing Thanksgiving meals for those in need and donating to the Boys and Girls Club, Fox 4 reported.

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Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes, formerly of the Dallas Mavericks, is paying for the funeral of Atatiana Jefferson, left, who was killed in her apartment when a Fort Worth, Texas police officer fired a gunshot through a back window, according to reports. (AP/Getty, File)

Jefferson lived in the Hillside Morningside neighborhood, a residential part of South-Central Fort Worth, about 30 miles west of Dallas, where some 40 percent of people live below the poverty line.

The Associated Press reported that Jefferson’s death shattered the trust police have been trying to build with communities of color in the Texas city of 900,000, which has long had complaints of racially unequal policing and excessive force.

In a study published in March, the National League of Cities found that black Fort Worth residents were disproportionately assessed fines and fees, and that blacks and Hispanics were more likely than whites to be arrested.

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Barnes was once a key player on the Golden State Warriors but found himself in a bit of flux. He signed a four-year, $94 million deal with the Dallas Mavericks in the summer of 2016 and was thought to be a key player for the organization. But he was traded to the Kings during the 2018-2019 season after more than two years in Dallas.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Dennis Rodman on NBA-China fallout: ‘Politics with sports, it doesn’t mix’

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Retired basketball star Dennis Rodman discussed the NBA’s stance toward China in the wake of controversy over the league’s response to pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong protests.

Rodman told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Thursday that politics and sports should be kept separate.

“I just look at it — I think the NBA is a great sport around the world,” he said. “NBA players have an obligation to do one thing — it’s to play sports. I think when you put politics with sports, it doesn’t mix.”

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The 58-year-old former power forward, who played for the Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs and Detroit Pistons, told host Tucker Carlson athletes often are not well-informed on politics.

“I think that the fact when you put politics and sports [together], it seems to have a different twist on the sports world,” he said. “I think that you just got to understand that we don’t know too much about politics and I don’t want to know too much about politics.”

Carlson asked Rodman about the controversy surrounding Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, who criticized a tweet by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey that expressed support for the Hong Kong demonstrators.

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The former NBA star called the situation “difficult,” but described James as a very smart man who has done good charitable works.

Rodman, who has traveled to North Korea to visit with that country’s dictator leader Kim Jong Un — who he considers a friend — said many people in Asian countries love Americans and love American sports like basketball.

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“Basketball is a very universal sport,” he said.

On Tuesday, James attempted to clarify his position after his initial remarks calling Morey’s tweet “misinformed” were widely rebuked on social media.

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“We’re not politicians,” said James, perhaps the league’s most recognizable player.

The Los Angeles Times quoted James as saying that he didn’t “have a reaction” to the protests in Hong Kong and was only criticizing Morey’s statement.

Fox News’ Edmund DeMarche contributed to this report.

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‘South Park’ rips LeBron James for his China remarks in latest episode

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“South Park” took a not-so-subtle dig at NBA superstar LeBron James over his response to the league’s controversy with China in Wednesday night’s episode of the long-running animated series.

In the episode “Let Them Eat Goo,” trouble hit South Park Elementary when the school adjusted its lunch menu with healthier options to accommodate some students, which didn’t sit well with its outspoken junk food-loving fourth-grader Cartman.

In a fiery confrontation with classmates who advocated for healthier food, a vegan student told Cartman he had “a right to free speech” after Cartman complained their protest was “ruining” his lunch.

“Yes, we do have freedom of speech, but at times there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you are not thinking about others and only thinking about yourself!” Cartman reacted.

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Well, that was what James had told reporters word-for-word on Monday when asked about the ongoing conflict between China and the NBA, which stemmed from a tweet from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey that expressed support for the Hong Kong protestors.

“Yes, we do have freedom of speech, but at times there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you are not thinking about others and only thinking about yourself,” James said. “I believe [Morey] wasn’t educated on the situation at hand and he spoke, and so many people could have been harmed not only financially but physically, emotionally, spiritually.”

Not only did Carman echo James saying he was “not only financially, but physically, emotionally” and “spiritually” harmed by the new lunch menu, he also celebrated “taco Tuesday,” something the NBA all-star has done on social media.

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“South Park” received plenty of attention this season for an episode that mocked China and its influence over Hollywood and American businesses including the NBA, which aired days after the communist country’s conflict with the NBA flared up.

After the episode aired, China completely banned the show and scrubbed “South Park” from online streaming services and social media platforms.

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Former top NBA draft pick takes subtle shot at LeBron James over comments about Hong Kong tweet

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Former Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut appeared to call out LeBron James for the Lakers star’s criticism of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey over a tweet supporting pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

The tweet caused a substantial rift between the NBA and China ahead of preseason games that were scheduled to be played between the Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets. While James said Morey was “uninformed” about the situation in Hong Kong, Bogut appeared to snap back in a tweet.

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“Everyone is for the “cause” until the “cause” costs them $$$$$…….” wrote the current center for the National Basketball League Sydney Kings.

Bogut was among James’ critics after the perennial NBA All-Star spoke out against Morey in his first statement since returning from the team’s preseason tour in China.

“I’m not here to judge how the league handled the situation,” James told reporters in Los Angeles on Monday night. “I just think that, when you’re misinformed or you’re not educated about something – and I’m just talking about the tweet itself – you never know the ramifications that can happen. We all see what that did, not only did for our league but for all of us in America, for people in China as well. Sometimes you have to think through the things that you say that may cause harm not only for yourself but for the majority of people. I think that’s just a prime example of that.”

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He added in a tweet: “My team and this league just went through a difficult week.  I think people need to understand what a tweet or statement can do to others.  And I believe nobody stopped and considered what would happen. Could have waited a week to send it.”

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James said Tuesday he was done talking about the matter and that he was going to focus more on social justice issues in the U.S. rather than geopolitical problems facing other countries.

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Tucker Carlson: America is in the race of its life against China because of people like LeBron James

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Thirty years goes pretty fast. Thirty years ago, it was the fall of 1989, believe it or not — it seems like yesterday.

And at the time, if you can remember that far back, America seemed unbeatable. Our chief rival, the Soviet Union had just collapsed. Our economy and military strength dwarfed those of every nation on the planet. America in 1989 was the uncontested leader of the world — free and otherwise.

But just three decades later, that advantage has evaporated completely. Instead of expanding and solidifying our power, we’ve wasted it. And as a result, we’re now in the race of our lives against a country that in 1989 was so poor that many of its people could not afford meat or electricity — China. And at this rate, China will beat us.

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So the question is, how did America fall so far so fast? And the answer is simple — bad leadership. The people who benefited the most from this country cared about it the least. They were also the quickest to sell it out to foreign powers for profit.

That’s obvious now, thanks to people like LeBron James. James, of course, is one of the most famous athletes in history. But he started off at the very bottom. He was born to an impoverished 16-year-old mother in Akron, Ohio. He never went to college.

And yet, thanks to hard work and remarkable skill, James’s endorsement income alone now exceeds $50 million a year. If there’s anyone whose life is a tribute to America, to its decency, to its endless opportunity, it’s LeBron James. In return, he showers America with contempt.

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Just on Monday, James was asked to comment on the NBA executive who issued a one-line statement on Twitter in support of democracy in Hong Kong. Here’s how LeBron James responded:

LeBron James: I don’t want to get into a word or sentence feud with Daryl Morey, but I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand. And he spoke. And so many people could have been harmed, not only financially but physically, emotionally, spiritually. So just be careful what we tweet and what we say, and what we do. Even though, yes, we do have freedom of speech, but there can be a lot of negative that comes with that, too.

So freedom of speech is just fine, says LeBron James, as long as you don’t do anything crazy with it, like, I don’t know, obliquely criticize the Chinese Communist Party. No, that’s out of bounds. It might harm people spiritually.

It also might potentially make LeBron James slightly less rich. And of course, that’s the real problem with it.

Think we’re being unfair? Think that’s an unfair interpretation of what you just saw?

Well, according to ESPN, LeBron James has been adamant in his defense of Chinese fascism, even off-camera. Here’s this:

Dave McMenamin, ESPN senior writer: Adam Silver got up and addressed the players, and LeBron James is one of the players who got up and spoke and said, “hey, what are we doing here? Daryl Morey made these statements? You know damn well if a player made the same similar statements and caused such war ramifications for the league, there’d be some sort of league recourse.”

There would be repercussions that the player has to pay. You know, potentially, this tweet could cost the NBA hundreds of millions of dollars, which could come out of the players’ pockets. And so that’s the double standard that was being addressed in that meeting.

In other words, any American who questions China ought to be punished. That’s LeBron James’s view. That’s what he’s demanding, in fact.

If there’s anyone whose life is a tribute to America, to its decency, to its endless opportunity, it’s LeBron James. In return, he showers America with contempt.

The Chinese Politburo must not be criticized, and yet there’s a very different standard that James holds for his own country and his own president. Watch this past interview on CNN:

LeBron James: He [President Trump] has kind of used sport to kind of divide us. I would never sit across from him.

Don Lemon, CNN anchor: You would never — you won’t talk to him?

JAMES: No. I’d sit across from Barack [Obama], though.

Yes, that’s the American president he is talking to.

Well, if you read James’s Twitter feed, you won’t be surprised to learn any of this. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” he tweeted once. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

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OK, well, obviously, things that matter does not include throwing Muslims in concentration camps in China or the oppression of more than a billion people in China. So what does matter to LeBron James and his friends in our ruling class?

Well, the first thing they care about is popularity and that’s why they’re delighted to weigh in politically — when it’s fashionable in West Los Angeles, bashing the administration or protesting the National Anthem or retweeting and being supportive transgender rights or whatever. Their friends call them brave when they do this, which is one of the indications it’s not bravery. It’s conformity, which is the opposite, usually.

The other thing that James and the rest care about, of course, is money. When you criticize Beijing, it might cost you money.

Here’s a perfect example. LeBron James is both starring in and producing an upcoming film called “Space Jam 2.” The movie is expected to do big business in China if it’s released there. And James can’t risk that.

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The rest of Hollywood made the same decision many years ago. We used to see, occasionally, movies that criticized the dictatorship of China or took the side of Tibet. (Remember Richard Gere? Whatever happened to him?) But not anymore. In fact, that’s unimaginable.

You can’t imagine a major Hollywood picture taking the side of Tibet or Hong Kong, or the Dalai Lama or human rights in China, the world’s largest country. No. Instead, studios now grovel for Chinese funding. And if China appears in films at all, it’s always in a positive portrayal.

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Meanwhile, Russia, which is a completely an irrelevant country, most of the time is subverting our democracy. That’s what they tell us.

This is what corruption looks like.

Adapted from Tucker Carlson’s monologue from “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Oct. 15, 2019.

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