NBA Commissioner Adam Silver goes to Shanghai to try to repair the league's relations with China.
Srebren says he makes the trip, but he won't bend when he does it to protect his freedom of expression.
"The NBA will not be able to regulate what players, employees and team owners say in these matters," Silver said. "We just couldn't work this way."
A second NBA Career event, this one with the Los Angeles Lakers, was canceled on Wednesday just hours before it was scheduled to begin, according to multiple reports. The NBA says canceling the event was not his decision.
It follows that the Chinese government is pulling the plug at an NBA Cares event on Tuesday with the participation of the Brooklyn Nets,
Silver spoke in the media on Tuesday to discuss the Houston Rockets after the GM team Daril Morey tweets support for protesters in Hong Kong.
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Tweets attracted public reprimand from Rocket owner Tilman Fertitta and an apologizing initial statement from the NBA, which in turn ranked several US politicians who believe the league is a league human rights interests.
China's multibillion-dollar business relationship with China is facing unprecedented pressure.
State-run Chinese television broadcaster CCTV and digital platform Tencent said on Tuesday that they had halted scheduled broadcasts of NBA preseason games over Morey's already deleted tweet.
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Silver is scheduled to attend the Lakers-Nets game Thursday night in Shanghai.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.