Adam Silver plans to meet with Yao Ming to discuss the issues triggered by Daryl Morey's Tweet supporting freedom for Hong Kong.

Yao is the chairman of the Chinese Basketball Association and also was a longtime member of the Houston Rockets.

“I’m hoping together Yao and I can find an accommodation, but he is extremely hot at the moment and I understand it,” said Silver.

Silver issued a lengthy statement trying to clarify the NBA's position on free speech and China on Tuesday.