NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the discussions in both cases — pre-Olympic games for USA Basketball and the preseason games for the NBA — are ongoing, and said the decisions are not necessarily linked.
The Chinese Basketball Association suspended its relationship with the Rockets, Chinese media giant Tencent and Chinese state television pulled some NBA broadcasts and Silver said the NBA quickly began experiencing significant financial losses.
Through Friday, China reported a total of 66,492 cases of the virus, officially saying it was responsible for 1,523 deaths.
It also makes it impossible to predict when matters between the NBA and China return to normal.
“I know it will be especially meaningful to that player that wins the first Kobe Bryant MVP,” Silver said.