Silver defends NBA employees’ right to free speech as China cancels broadcasts

The NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, is scrambling to appease sponsors and broadcasters in China while still preserving the leagues progressive image The NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, said the league is not apologizing for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Moreys since-deleted tweet showing support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, even after Chinas state broadcaster canceled plans to show a pair of preseason games in that country later this week. Silver, speaking on Tuesday at a news conference in Tokyo before a preseason game between the Rockets and the Toronto Raptors, went as far as to say that he and the league are apologetic that so many Chinese officials and fans were upset by Moreys tweet but insisted that the executive …