The old timers have said for years that if you want to know why most people decide to do something, all you have to do is follow the money and that it seems to me is the case with the National Basketball Association. The pro basketball league which has made it a practice to allow it’s players to speak out on issues that have nothing to do with basketball without fear of retribution is attempting to do everything possible to distance itself from the pro Hong Kong comments made in a tweet last week by a Houston Rockets Executive. League brass have apparently determined that free speech rights end when you run the risk of upsetting the Communist Chinese government. The Chinese have taken several steps to punish the NBA including blocking telecasts of NBA pre-season broadcasts to millions of potential viewers under their thumb in China. At issue is billions of dollars in potential revenue the league fears it will lose if it doesn’t capitulate to the dictatorship in China. There is an obvious double standard here that’s made a lot more understandable if you just follow the money. That’s the way I see it.