As the NBA-China controversy continues to unfold, much has been made over comments from players like LeBron James, but with the Lakers and Nets both in the country for a pair of exhibition games, other players reportedly expressed concern about playing the preseason games.
According to a report for ESPN's Dave McMenamin, Nets point guard Kyrie Irving "questioned whether or not it was worth playing the games in such a charged environment."
A source told McMenamin that Irving would have rather not played the games than have to be asked about the backlash surrounding Rockets owner Daryl Morey's tweet.
SNY's Ian Begley previously explored how the situation in China could affect the Nets' salary cap.
Irving, meanwhile, played sparingly in the first game against the Lakers, before he suffered another injury to his face. He did not play in Saturday's 91-77 win over the Lakers.
The Nets next preseason game will be on Friday, when they host the Toronto Raptors at Barclays Center.