NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says league lost 'hundreds of millions of dollars' due to China fallout, touches on Brittney Griner situation

After a controversial fallout with China in October 2019, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver admitted the league lost "hundreds of millions of dollars" in revenue.

An NBA-China diplomatic storm erupted after then-Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

The league initially distanced itself from Morey's tweet, apologizing for offending his "friends and fans in China," but later came to Morey's defense on the basi

CCTV stopped broadcasting NBA games in the country following Silver's comments, but ended their blackout in March by airing the Los Angeles Clippers vs. Utah Jazz game.

Silver told reporters at his normal press conference that "positive" steps had been taken, despite the financial cost.

"I believe engagement through sports is positive," Silver said. "To maintain peace and prosperity, sports should be used as a vehicle to keep people speaking.

The game is broadcast in 200 countries around the world, and I believe that is consistent with our values. So, that's where things stand.

As a matter of fact, I think it's a good thing right now that we are exporting this Americana, NBA basketball,  

Enes Kanter Freedom is using social media to call for a boycott of China during the Winter Olympics in Beijing.

In the Asian nation, the 30-year-old former Boston Celtics player's comments led to a backlash, which prompted the government to criticize him and led to Celtics games being pulled from the Tencent video streaming service.

As a free agent, Freedom is no longer under contract with the Houston Rockets, a move he attributed to his activism to the New York Times in March.

Freedom contacted Silver to "make sure that it was perfectly clear to him that he had every right to share his opinion on issues that he cared deeply about." Silver denied the claim.