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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) AP, AP

While some NBA coaches choose to stay silent on , 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 Tuesday. “Compared to what we’ve had to live through the last three years, there’s a big difference gap

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