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Adam Silver Says China Wanted Daryl Morey Fired, the NBA Refused

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 17: Commissioner of the NBA, Adam Silver, arrives at the TIME 100 Health Summit at Pier 17 on October 17, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for TIME 100 Health Summit )
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Adam Silver and the NBA have been in damage control mode for more than a week after Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted support for protesters in Hong Kong. That move obviously angered the Chinese government. Now Silver claims he and the NBA actually stood up to China when the country made certain demands.

On Thursday, Silver said he did not apologize to the Chinese government for Morey's tweet. He further stated that the league's partners in China wanted Morey fired for his comments but Silver and the league refused to do so.

Here's what he had to say:

And more:

Silver and the NBA will be answering questions about this all season, as it doesn't appear this controversy is going to disappear any time soon. It's really hard to see this whole mess as anything but everyone involved covering their asses and protecting their bottom line.