Late in 2019, Hong Kong erupted in civil unrest as residents there fought hard to maintain their autonomy in the face of growing oppression, mostly driven by Mainland China and their push to exert control over the isolated enclave of freedom. While they’re bound by an agreement with England to leave Hong Kong well enough alone in many ways, they don’t actually like it.
Meanwhile, the NBA was playing games there and remaining awfully silent about the oppression taking place there.
Now, don’t get me wrong, not everyone needs to voice an opinion. Many players just wanted to play basketball, which is fine. That’s what they’re paid to do and they’re the best in the world at it. I have no issue with someone wanting to focus on just that.