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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

It’s easy to talk about social and political issues if your audience mostly agrees.

Call it the power of an echo chamber. 

Which means that when the NBA brass decided to brand itself as a supporter of  the freedom of expression it encouraged among its general managers, coaches and players, the league wasn’t risking much. The folks who were likely to disagree with the political opinions of, say,  or , weren’t going to be watching or buying tickets anyway — the NBA’s fan base leans left-center.   

This week, an employee of an NBA team

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