NBA spokesman Mike Bass released a statement addressing Daryl Morey's tweet supporting protesters in Hong Kong.

"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. While Daryl has made it clear that his tweet does not represent the Rockets or the NBA, the values of the league support individuals' educating themselves and sharing views on matters important to them. We have great respect for the history and culture of China and hope that sports and the NBA can be used as a unifying force to bridge cultural divides and bring people together," released the NBA.

Several Chinese companies have severed ties with the Rockets over Morey's tweet.

The Rockets are reportedly not considering firing Morey.