Gregg Popovich offers support for NBA commissioner Adam Silver on NBA-China showdown

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league wasn’t apologizing for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s since-deleted tweet showing support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong. (Oct. 8)
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While some NBA coaches choose to stay silent on the NBA-China issue, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich — one never afraid to voice his opinion on political issues — gave his unwavering support to NBA commissioner Adam Silver amid the escalating rift between the NBA and China.

“He’s been a heck of a leader in that respect and very courageous,” Popovich told reporters at the Spurs-Miami Heat preseason game Tuesday. “Compared to what we’ve had to live through the last three years, there’s a big difference gap there leadership-wise and courage-wise.”

The NBA is facing backlash from China over a tweet sent by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey in support of protesters in Hong Kong and over comments made by Silver in support of Morey, free speech and NBA values.

“The NBA will not put itself in a position of regulating what players, employees and team owners say or will not say on these issues,” Silver said in a statement on…

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