Lakers’ LeBron James on NBA’s China controversy: “I don’t want to get into a ... feud with Daryl Morey but I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand and he spoke.” pic.twitter.com/KKrMNU0dKR
People were hoping LeBron would go after China for attempting to quash free speech and punishing people who criticized the government. But, that didn't happen.
Enter Barkley ... who put it this way -- "I thought everybody was really unfair to LeBron."
"Everybody does business in China. Every American company does business in China. Why should LeBron not be able to protect his financial interests?"
Our photog, Charlie, challenged Barkley, telling him people looked up to LeBron as a warrior for free speech, democracy and social justice ... and they were disappointed to see him go after Morey instead of China.
"Everybody don't have to pick every battle to fight," Barkley explained ... "LeBron is passionate about the things he wants to be passionate about. We don't get to tell him what we want him to talk about."
Barkley says it's obvious LeBron is protecting his business interests in China, and he doesn't fault James ONE BIT for it.
"Why do all these other companies get to invest in China and LeBron doesn't have to protect his business interests?!?"
In the end, Barkley says LeBron's an "amazing guy" and "respects the hell" out of him.