Daryl Morey tweeted his support for the Hong Kong protesters, who were trying to maintain and expand their freedoms.
The current Clippers coach responded differently than the last Clippers coach.
The latest clash for Morey, who is now president of the 76ers, began with Clippers coach Tyronn Lue over basketball before addressing geopolitics. Before Philadelphia’s win over Los Angeles on Friday, Lue talked about 76ers stars Joel Embiid (who ranks No. 1 in free throws attempted and made per game) and James Harden (who ranks No. 3 in both categories):
Embiid is number one in the league from the free throw line, and James is number three. So, I think he was saying, if you take away their free throws, none of those guys would be in the top 10 in scoring. So that just tells you how much they’re getting to the free throw line. So we just have to do a great job of folding our hands, making sure we’re playing, not letting them get the bonus, and making their sweeps. And they’re going to get some calls for who they are, but we just have to make sure we’re doing our part.
Morey responded on Twitter:
Then Lue turned to Morey. Tomer Azarly from ClutchPoints:
They took it out of context. It was said to the effect that if you keep fouling those guys, they can score 50. We want them to make field goals, not free throws, because they’re good at getting to the line. But it doesn’t bother me.
In response to Daryl Morey, should I really be tweeting something right now? The last time he tweeted, he cost the NBA a billion dollars. So I don’t think I should be tweeting too much. Just worry about your own team.
I don’t know what Lue meant originally, but her words were pretty silly. Everyone in the top 10 scoring he would drop out of the top 10 if only his free throws were eliminated. Harden ranks 25th in scoring, including free throws, anyway. (Embiid is second only to LeBron James.)
Equally, every The team would also rank last in offense if only their free throws weren’t counted. I suspect Morey knows. That’s the point of him. Calling fouls is an essential part of the game. It can mean domain.
But Embiid and especially Harden are also experts at foul tricks. Not just trying to score and then committing fouls in the process. Trying to draw fouls for fouls. Some of Embiid’s and especially Harden’s methods can be misleading. So it’s certainly possible that Lue was complaining in her original comments.
Of course, Lue, who interviewed with the Rockets while Morey was leaving Houston, definitely wouldn’t mind Harden’s moves if he was coaching the star shooting guard.
Another point of order: NBA commissioner Adam Silver pegged the cost of Morey’s tweet in China at $400 million, not the $1 billion Lue said. Lue probably thought this was just a quick phrase, anyway. There is room to criticize how Morey handled the situation. But criticizing Morey because he supported people who defend his freedoms simply because he cost the NBA is a pretty narrow point of view.
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Tyronn Lue responds to Daryl Morey: ‘The last time you tweeted, it cost the NBA a billion dollars. So I don’t think I should be tweeting too much’ originally appeared on NBCSports.com