Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang claims no such demands had been made.
As a result, James' comments received backlash as well from Hong Kong protest supporters.
On Thursday, Silver said the league rejected demands from Chinese government officials to fire Morey over his October 4 tweet.
"These American values - we are an American business - travel with us wherever we go", Silver noted.
After fans utterly dragged LeBron James for his seemingly pro-China/anti-Hong Kong democracy comments, we've EXCLUSIVELY learned that King James really wants this scandal to 'go away'. But the league is willing to take on the costs to support free expression, he said. "I didn't see it as my role as the commissioner of the National Basketball Association to weigh in on the substance of the protest, but to say here's this platform" for free expression. Having seen some concessions, it seems that China was content to deliver some strong jabs and pull back.
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Seconds later, the meat-loving Eric said that students trying to change his lunch "don't realise it harms people financially, physically, emotionally, and spiritually".
"I don't know where we go from here", said Silver in his first USA interview about the league's emerging conflict with China since he returned home from the country.
"I understand there is a point of view from some that we shouldn't be in business at all in China, and I'd say from an intellectual standpoint, that's fair - not getting into whether the tweet or the response to it", Silver said. "We do all have freedom of speech, but at times there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you're not thinking about others and you're only thinking about yourself", James said (via The BBC).
"We were saying we regretted upsetting our fans (but) also at the same time supporting Daryl Morey's right to express himself, right to tweet. I look to the American government". "So just be careful what we tweet, what we say, and we do", he said to reporters.
"We're in the middle of negotiating a trade agreement", Silver continued.
"While you may hear news from Hong Kong more frequently, in the People's Republic of China, all these [sic] news is censored, and all the people in mainland China were told: people in Hong Kong are demanding independence from China".