NBA commissioner Adam Silver wants to make it clear he did NOT apologize to the Chinese government for Daryl Morey’s pro-Hong Kong tweet … but he still wants to save the NBA’s relationship with the foreign power.
“I’d hate to see this relationship end over this incident,” Silver said
When asked specifically if he would be open to going back to China to play more NBA exhibition games next year, Silver told us, “Nothing is off the table.”
“We do need to reset with the Chinese government and everybody has to establish what the rules of the road are going to be going forward.”
— Silver says Morey has been getting “pressure” from hundreds of millions of Chinese people but he’s also happy Daryl is getting support from people in the U.S.
Silver also admitted he was “bothered” that the league’s initial statement about the Morey tweet was interpreted by many to be an apology to the Chinese government.
The initial statement read, “We recognize that the views expressed by Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey have deeply offended many of our friends and fans in China, which is regrettable.