Brad Stevens on Zolak & Bertrand: 'Glad we had Adam Silver' to lead NBA on China

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By Matt McCarthy,

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens addressed the ongoing controversy involving the NBA and China on Wednesday and expressed support for league commissioner Adam Silver and his handling of the matter.

In his weekly appearance on Zolak & Bertrand, Stevens said he was pleased with the way Silver reacted to Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey's tweet supporting anti-Chinese government protestors in Hong Kong, a stance that angered Beijing and has jeopardized the NBA's business standing in China

"I'm glad we had Adam Silver to lead the league after Daryl's tweet, Stevens said. "I thought the most important thing that Adam could say and we as a league could say is that we value the freedom of expression...The NBA has been big on that...He has basically said that we are not going to regulate what people say. It's part of what we all believe. I think it's really important and I agree with him."

"I'm not going to pretend like I was a political expert on China prior to whatever day that was when that all came out, but I appreciate [Silver's] leadership and certainly have been reading and learning and trying to get up to speed with everything," Stevens added.

You can listen to the full interview here (starting at the 32:00 mark):

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