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Despite expressing geopolitical views via social media and potentially costing the National Basketball Association millions of dollars, according to team owner Tillman Fertitta, Houston Rockets general manager Darryl More is safe.
Speaking on CNBC’s “Power Lunch” on Tuesday, Fertitta solidified Morey’s employment with the NBA franchise and said he is in charge of finding the Rockets’ new head coach.
“Daryl Morey’s job is safe, and I’m sure he’s going to choose the right head coach,” Fertitta asked for Morey’s job to replace Mike D’Antoni, who announced he would not return to the Rockets .
The Rockets were recently bounced from NBA’s Bubble Postson to Orlando after falling to the Los Angeles Lakers in five games.
“We won the first game against LA, and we thought there was going to be a great series, but LeBron James has a reason [NBA Finals] Nine years in a row, “said Fertitta.” He made adjustments and played unbelievably. ”
On Sunday, D’Antoni said he is starting a “new chapter” after coaching the Rockets for four seasons. The move was not called a firing, as Rocket refused to renew D’Antoni’s contract. He finished with a 217-101 record, going 28-21 in the playoffs.
Referring to himself as a “signoff man”, Fertitta admitted that he is not familiar with the process of selecting the NBA’s head coach and would leave Morey’s decision.
“It starts and ends with the general manager,” Fertitta said. “You can talk to me about the day-to-day business, but I personally wouldn’t know which coach to hire. That’s why you have a basketball operations team made up of half a dozen people all the way Let’s use analytics and experience. ”
He said, “I’m a signoff man, that’s all.”
Morey is less important this season after expressing his support for Hong Kong protesters via Twitter last October. In a now-deleted tweet, Morey said, “Fight for Freedom. Hong Kong with Hong Kong”, which caused severe pressure on the NBA’s relationship with China. In February, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league could lose up to $ 400 million due to a trade interruption from a rift with China.
Hong Kong people have protested for months worrying about the city’s creeping impact on Beijing, which the British handed over to China in 1997. The NBA publicly endorsed Morey’s free speech in the US, though Morey has apologized for his tweet and kept short. Profile since.