As the fallout from the controversy between the NBA and China continues, commissioner Adam Silver addressed how the Chinese government responded to Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's tweet.
"We were being asked to fire him, by the Chinese government, by the parties we dealt with in government and business.
There's no chance we'll even discipline him," Silver said at the TIME 100 Health Summit on Thursday.
He added: "We wanted to make an absolutely clear statement that the values of the NBA, these American values—we are an American business—travel with us wherever we go.
The Chinese basketball federation also canceled upcoming G League exhibition games between teams affiliated with the Rockets and Mavericks.
However, many people interpreted the statement as the NBA saying it found the content in Morey's tweet "regrettable."
When asked if the NBA was willing to accept the possible financial losses that come with supporting Morey, Silver said it's already started. »