NBA's Adam Silver: Chinese government demanded Rockets GM Daryl Morey be fired

Daryl Morey Rockets Lakers LeBRon James Adam Silver

Daryl Morey Rockets Lakers LeBRon James Adam Silver

The host of The Daily Show was remarking on the firestorm of criticism being endured by the Los Angeles Lakers forward, who said earlier this week that Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey's tweet supporting Hong Kong's protests were "misinformed".

"I felt we had made enormous progress in terms of building cultural exchanges with the Chinese people and, again, I have regret that much of that was lost and I'm not even sure where we'll go from here", Silver said. Morey's tweet, sent on October 6, set off a firestorm of reaction in the state-controlled Chinese media and altered promotional plans for a two-game series featuring the Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets.

Silver said that the media coverage of the NBA's response to Morey's tweet "frankly was confusing to me when I got home [from China]".

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says the league's business relationship with China remains fractured in the wake of the Daryl Morey controversy, but he added it won't stop it from supporting "American values" when doing business with other countries.

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"China will definitely take strong countermeasures in response to the wrong decisions by the USA side to defend its sovereignty, security and development interests", Shuang said.

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"We all talk about freedom of speech", he says. Beijing views the situation in Hong Kong as a result of foreign interference in China's domestic affairs.

Morey tweeted his apologies two days later, saying, in part, "I did not intend my tweet to cause any offense to Rockets fans and friends of mine in China..."

"But if people believe we shouldn't be engaged in commerce in China, or frankly in other places in the world where they don't approve of their practices or government, OK, but then, at some point, I look to the American government". "My team and this league just went through a hard week".

James also reportedly objected to Morey not being disciplined by the league like players are when they are fined or suspended.

However, NBA star LeBron James elected to take it a step further when he chose to lecture Americans on being careful not to speak about things they don't understand.

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