In an op-ed published late Tuesday in China Daily, the state-backed newspaper shot down Silver's response, saying it shows the league's initial response that it respects China and its history was "nothing but an attempt to prevent the hemorrhaging of profits made in China."

The remarks highlight the escalating tensions between the NBA and China over a tweet sent out by Houston Rockets general manager Darly Morey in support of the anti-government protests in Hong Kong, which was deleted very quickly.

Despite Morey sending tweets to diffuse the situation, the comments sparked anger in China, leading to broadcasters pull pre-season games from their networks, e-commerce sites de-listing Rockets merchandise, and brands re-assessing their relationship with the NBA and the Houston franchise.

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