China slams NBA, Apple over Hong Kong

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The NBA had been hoping to boost its popularity in the lucrative China market this week with a pair of pre-season exhibition games, but those plans were thrown into disarray by a tweet from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey backing the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. Silver and the NBA initially responded to Friday's tweet with statements that American politicians branded as caving into China. But Silver, in Japan for another pre-season exhibition event, then provoked China's ire on Tuesday when he said the NBA supported freedom of expression. "Silver's about face, which will definitely give a shot to the arms of the rioters in Hong Kong, shows his organization is willing to...

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