NBA stars fear losing China money: Bogut

Copping a fine and stern word from FIBA hasn't silenced Andrew Bogut, who believes his former NBA colleagues are reluctant to speak out about China because they don't want to lose money.

The Sydney Kings star is lighter in the pocket himself after accepting a fine of about $A12,000 and official warning for his behaviour and expletive-laden spray during and after Australia's World Cup semi-final loss in China last month.

Andrew Bogut has been fined and reprimanded but not silenced.Credit:Getty Images

Bogut mimicked the money sign with his fingers towards the referees when a call went against him and launched a tirade towards Swiss-based governing body FIBA as he left the arena after the loss to Spain.

On Wednesday, Bogut's Twitter profile picture was of him making that gesture towards the referees, while he responded cheekily to the fine by tweeting: "Anyone know the Aus $$ to Swiss Francs currency conversion rate? Asking for a friend….."

Bogut was booed during World Cup games in China, having tweeted about controversial Chinese swimmer Sun Yang beforehand.

He hasn't backed down since returning to Australia, happy to weigh in as the NBA became embroiled in the fallout from the unrest in Hong Kong.

The centre appeared to take a swipe at LeBron James on Twitter recently, after the NBA superstar's comments on that ongoing situation.

James criticised Rockets general manager Daryl Morey after Morey's tweet in support of Hong Kong protesters drew an angry response from the Chinese Basketball Association and prompted some streaming services, sponsors, and partners to cut ties with the Rockets and the NBA.

LeBron claimed that Morey was "misinformed or not really educated on the situation".

Bogut appeared to hit back with a cryptic tweet, which read "Everyone is for the 'cause' until the 'cause' costs them $$$$$…", which was interpreted by some as a dig at the Los Angeles Lakers star.

On Tuesday, the 34-year-old was asked whether he was calling NBA players out over their silence on the issue.

"I don't think I was calling them out, I think that was fact," Bogut told reporters in Sydney.

"I don't think that's a matter of opinion. NBA players make a lot of money in the off-season in China. So just be honest, you don't want to lose money.

"You're not going to comment on it politically, don't give us the whole 'you don't understand what's going on' and all that kind of stuff.

"It is what it is, and that's their right.

"They want to make money over there and the Chinese love their NBA, so good luck to them."

AAP

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