The NBA announced Thursday that its chief representative in China, Drake Chang, has stepped down from his post two years after his appointment.
Zhang, CEO 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, as well as the strained relationship between the association and the Chinese government.
A tweet in support of the protests that took place in Hong Kong last October for the Director General of the Houston Rockets Club, Daryl Murray, met with widespread criticism in China, which led to the loss of Rockets advertising contracts with Chinese companies and the suspension of some TV channels from showing the most famous football league matches. Cart in the world.
It is reported that the association is looking for an alternative to Zhang, who will leave his position officially on June 15.