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Los Angeles (AFP)
The NBA announced Thursday that its chief representative in China, Drake Zhang, has stepped down from his post two years after his appointment.
Zhang, chief executive of NBA in China, decided to give up his job, which he received in June 2018, to spend more time with his family.
“We are grateful for the many contributions Drake has made to leading our business and our colleagues in China, including in a time of unprecedented challenges,” said Mark Tatum, deputy commissioner and chief operating officer.
Zhang’s tenure was marked by the growth of basketball and the league’s brand in China, and also the tense relationship between the association and the Chinese government.
A tweet supporting the protests that took place in Hong Kong last October for the Director General of the Houston Rockets Club, Daryl Mori, was widely criticized in China, which led to the loss of advertising contracts with Chinese companies, and some television channels stopped displaying the most famous basketball league matches In the world.
It was reported that the association is looking for an alternative to Zhang, who will leave his position officially on May 15.
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