Meanwhile, the Chinese Consulate General in Houston also issued its own statement on Sunday to express "strong dissatisfaction" with the Rockets. Several Chinese sportswear brands suspended ties with the Rockets.
Silver, speaking in Japan on Tuesday, said he and the league are "apologetic" over the reaction that followed Morey's tweet, but he noted that "we are not apologizing for Daryl exercising his freedom of expression".
Sam Wachs and his wife held up signs that read "Free Hong Kong" and "Free HK" during the 76ers' game against a Chinese team, the Guangzhou Loong Lions. "But from the league and China and just our presence there and building a business, it's an interesting situation because there's so much history involved in it".
This isn't the first time the Hong King-China conflict has found its way into sneaker culture.
Maybe democracy in Hong Kong isn't all that significant to them, or maybe it is and they're being careful not to hurt themselves or their organizations.
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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver seems to stand behind Morey and defends the Rockets' GM's right to freedom of speech.
An ESPN broadcast on Wednesday morning (Oct 9) in the United States showed a map of China that included both Taiwan, a self-ruled island that Beijing regards as a renegade province, and the so-called "nine-dash line", a feature used on official Chinese maps to illustrate disputed claims to vast expanses of the strategically important South China Sea.
As the Observer detailed in a 2017 cover story, the Mavericks have cultivated and nurtured a large fan base in China, frequently relying on state-run social networks to spread the gospel of Dirk Nowitzki and, more recently, Luka Doncic. I said, 'What a difference. The commissioner, Adam Silver, then issued a statement insisting the National Basketball Association would not regulate what players, employees or team owners said.
JD.com, which also did not comment, told local media that the firm deeply resented and strongly condemned Morey's remarks. China's state broadcaster canceled its plans to air the preseason game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets.
According to the NBA Fan Code of Conduct, "obscene or indecent messages on signs or clothing will not be permitted", but there is no mention of politics or political statements.
The commissioner's attempt to toe the line backfired on both fronts, as many USA citizens are saying Silver did not actually take a position, and those from China see that move as a showing of the NBA's ignorance and xenophobia.
Popovich added: "Adam [Silver] said something that helps you understand what direction you need to go in, rather than the cowardice of not being able to respond to something like the murder of Mr. [Jamal] Khashoggi".