NBA commissioner Adam Silver held a tense assembly with gamers from the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers final week when he arrived in Shanghai, sources advised ESPN’s Rachel Nichols.

Throughout the assembly, sources mentioned a number of outstanding gamers additionally voiced frustration about what they perceived as being put in the midst of the dispute between the NBA and China, and have been sad about being requested to deal with the scenario by native Chinese language reporters earlier than Silver, himself, was scheduled to take action.

The connection between the league and China was disrupted after Houston Rockets normal supervisor Daryl Morey tweeted in help of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong on Oct. 4. Morey later deleted the tweet and apologized, after Rockets proprietor Tilman Fertitta denounced the tweet, saying the Rockets have been “not a political group” and Morey didn’t converse for the workforce.

Throughout the assembly with the gamers, sources mentioned Silver was instantly requested whether or not something would occur to Morey, as a number of gamers mentioned they believed that if a participant had value the NBA tens of millions of {dollars} due to a tweet, there can be repercussions.

Morey is not going to face any league self-discipline for the tweet.

The groups have been in China to play two preseason video games in entrance of the nation’s avid basketball followers. Officers in each international locations have mentioned as many as 500 million Chinese language watched not less than one NBA sport final season.

Chinese language officers ultimately severed a cooperative settlement with the Rockets and China’s state tv broadcaster canceled plans to air the video games. A number of NBA Cares actions with the gamers additionally have been canceled, as was press availability with the groups and a few Chinese language sponsorships.

Silver mentioned the NBA was “apologetic” over the response to Morey’s tweets and the actions that occurred afterward, however he refused to apologize, saying “we’re not apologizing for Daryl exercising his freedom of expression.”

The Rockets have a big following in China, partly as a result of Yao Ming, the workforce’s former star heart, is president of China’s basketball affiliation.