He said he hopes Chinese officials and fans look at the totality of the impact of the three-decade-plus relationship between the league and their country, and urged them to see his response while acknowledging there are political differences between the countries.
"It was humiliating what they did".
Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta was quick to distance the team from Morey's comments, saying the manager did not speak for the brand.
The NBA was venturing into new territory in China in the late 1980s, growing the game in a land of more than a billion people where basketball resonated and the bottom line boomed. "He has, without a doubt, seriously hurt the feelings of Chinese sports fans". The tweet was quickly deleted and Morey apologized, but his comments drew backlash in China. Several Chinese organizations suspended business ties with the team, while tech giant Tencent Holdings, which has exclusive internet streaming rights for National Basketball Association in China, said on Monday it would temporarily stop showing Rockets games. "They're so sensitive to everybody else's rights", Bannon said, pointing out the organization's double standards. The outlet said the upload happened after Morey posted his controversial "Fight for Freedom".
"[It's] All about the almighty dollar".
Silver said, "it is inevitable that people around the world - including from America and China - will have different viewpoints over different issues".
Silver's statement was sent out shortly before he was to hold a news conference in Tokyo.
Meanwhile, the Chinese Consulate General in Houston also issued its own statement on Sunday to express "strong dissatisfaction" with the Rockets.
"History is going to judge these people very badly because the CCP is going to fall ..."
Police in Liaoyuan - in northeastern China's Jilin Province - detained Wang on Monday, the outlet said.
The NBA Hall of Famer and former All-Star is by far his country's greatest player, and was a major factor in helping the NBA build up its fanbase in China, where Yao's eight-year career with the Rockets was closely followed.