NBA: Rockets’ Harden apologises to China over GM’s Hong Kong tweet

Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook (0) and guard James Harden (13) pose for a picture during media day at Post Oak Hotel. Troy Taormina, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

TOKYO — Houston Rockets star James Harden on Monday apologised to China over a controversial tweet by the team’s general manager backing Hong Kong protests that has caused a massive backlash.

“We apologize. We love China,” Harden said, standing alongside fellow Rockets guard Russell Westbrook at a press event in Tokyo.

“We love playing there. Both of us, we go there once or twice a year. They show us most support so we appreciate them… We appreciate the support they give us.”

The Rockets have been fiercely criticized in China after general manager Daryl Morey on Friday posted a tweet featuring the message “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.” The tweet was later deleted.

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