China denies telling National Basketball Association to fire exec over Hong Kong tweet

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That didn't change when Covington went after Los Angeles Lakers star forward LeBron James for his recent comments on the China debacle now ongoing within the National Basketball Association.

The Torontonian Hong-Kongers Action Group plans to hand out t-shirts with the slogan "The North Stand with Hong Kong" outside Scotiabank arena ahead of the November 22 season opener against New Orleans. "When the dust settles, and it will, we'll see". The since-deleted social media post set off a geopolitical firestorm and immediately jeopardized the NBA's lucrative business deals in China. Silver said the word "regrettable" referred to the reaction of the Chinese government and its people, not the tweet itself. There are a lot of playoff experience on this team and veteran players who can play the back seat and teach the young guys some things. In a recent interview with "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts, the commish noted that the Chinese government requested him to fire Morey.

Silver also addressed criticism of the league for its initial response to Morey's tweet, a statement that used the word "regrettable". But Mr Silver has defended his right to express his opinion. "And one of those values is free expression".

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"I don't want to get into a word or sentence feud with Daryl Morey".

"We were being asked to fire him, by the Chinese government, by the parties we dealt with, government and business", Silver said. "We do all have freedom of speech, but at times there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you're not thinking about others and you're only thinking about yourself", James said (via The BBC).

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