HoopsHype Adam Silver rumors

July 26, 2014 Updates

The NBA is poised to turn the All-Star break into All-Star week this coming season, the Sun Sentinel has learned, providing teams with a full week off at midseason. The move, which would give players seven days off between games in mid-February, would result in an increase of one or two back-to-back sets per team for the coming season, a party familiar with the process said. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"That's the model they're using right now while they're filling in the schedule," an NBA source familiar with the process told the Sun Sentinel Friday. "Could they go back and use some of those dates if needed? That's possible. But the week off looks like what's going to happen." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

With the elongated All-Star break, the possibility of then starting the 2015-16 season a week earlier also has been deliberated recently, although that dynamic has yet to gain traction, according to an NBA source familiar with the situation, with such a move potentially requiring an adjustment in the collective-bargaining agreement. "And then," the NBA source said, "we'd have to look at dates already committed to on the [2015] preseason schedule." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

July 24, 2014 Updates

His name is J. Bruce Miller. He is said to be a longtime personal friend of David Stern's and has been trying for years to bring a revival of the ABA's Kentucky Colonels to the City of Louisville. (...) Miller: "As I've repeatedly said, ONCE the League gets control of the Sterling situation either by Sterling losing and the sale carrying forth OR by Sterling winning and the League (itself) moving forward as per Silver "...with our own proceedings." --- then the time will come to focus on the television rights negotiation which will also involve the potential expansion to Seattle and another city (most likely to be Louisville)." Sonics Rising

July 23, 2014 Updates

The NBA will take its affiliation with former Baylor Bears star Isaiah Austin a step further than the ceremonial pick they extended him in this year's draft if all goes according to plan. Austin, whose career was cut short when he was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder that affects the heart, has been promised a job by commissioner Adam Silver with the stipulation he complete his undergraduate degree from Baylor, he told TMZ.com. "Right now he's going to have me do a little stuff with NBA Cares, just off-and-on right now until I get a full job," Austin told the website, referring to the league's charity outreach group. ESPN.com

July 20, 2014 Updates

“We have a system in place in which the players receive roughly 50 percent of the revenue, and we’ve been very transparent with you, the media, obviously our owners know what’s going on, but we’ve also included the Players Association directly in updates on those discussions.” It’s interesting that Silver would acknowledge the expected increase, an indication that the league is soaring in popularity. The desire of Fox Sports to pursue a Saturday national game of the week only confirms that. Boston Globe

While there has been criticism of the Celtics signing Avery Bradley to a four-year, $32 million deal, it is expected to devalue and become more of a bargain for the team once the new television agreement is reached. “The current deals expire in two years, so whether or not they were party to these discussions, the marketplace seems to be suggesting that we’re going to get a substantial increase in our next television deals, and of course the way the cap is set,” Silver said. “In essence it’s based off 30 teams — you take 50 percent of our total revenue and divide it by 30, and that’s roughly how our cap is completed. So the basic math is such that if we get a large increase in our television deals, the players are going to get half and the cap will go up.” Boston Globe

July 16, 2014 Updates

As troubling as that might be in terms of public perception, given Sterling’s racially bigoted comments back in April, and as incendiary as that could become as an issue with the NBA’s players, Silver said the methodical pace of the probate trial in Los Angeles between the Sterlings could further delay the Clippers sale to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. “No, I cannot say it with certainty, and I cannot say it with certainty because it’s in the hands of the probate court,” Silver said. “I can say with certainty, we are doing everything in our power to move Donald out as an owner in the NBA. If the probate ruling doesn’t go in our favor, we’ll recommence our procedures under termination.” NBA.com

At a press conference in Las Vegas on Tuesday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver floated the idea of the league adding a midseason tournament that would be similar to domestic cups in European soccer. There are zero specifics about the plan, which is clearly in the earliest possible stages of development. We have no idea how it would work or when it would be played or what the stakes would be or which teams would be allowed to enter. All we know about the plan comes from Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, who says the idea is to "give teams a chance to win a title other than the NBA Finals." businessinsider.com

Silver said on Tuesday that he was ''moved'' when he read James' essay that outlined the reasons for his return to Cleveland. ''I really was moved by it,'' Silver said after the NBA's Board of Governors meeting. ''I thought it says a lot about who he is, who he's become over the last four years. ''I think his statement about northeast Ohio, about hard work, about this being about something larger than basketball and the NBA, I've gotten to know LeBron pretty well over the years, and so I think from that standpoint, I'm really more like a fan. This seemed to be a great moment for the league.'' NBA.com

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"The NBA selects: Isaiah Austin," Silver said. Thousands were already on their feet, giving Austin ovation. The slender 7-footer donned a royal-blue NBA lid, dipped his head into his massive right palm for a few seconds, then made his startled way up to the stage. He was crying, and Silver almost was, too. Andrew Wiggins' mother walked right to Isaiah's and embraced her in a huge hug. Austin deserved that moment; it was an accomplishment, a climactic achievement that only six days ago he was hoping to experience. But Austin didn't have a remote clue it would or could be like this. CBSSports.com

"The way they did it was just total class," Drew said. "Anyone watching, if you didn't have a tear in your eye, man, I don't even know. Give the credit to Adam Silver and Greg Shaheen." It was Shaheen, the longtime head of the NCAA Tournament, who quietly helped orchestrate the tribute in the past 72 hours. Silver personally called Austin earlier in the week to invite him and ensure he experienced the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. "We knew we wanted to do something that would allow his dream to come true. He's a special young man," Silver told CBSSports.com. "And it was very difficult for me to maintain my composure up there. It's said that something that was such a big part of his life has been taken away, but he's making the best of a bad situation. That's the best kind of outlook on life. We're proud of Isaiah." CBSSports.com

Word of Austin's condition spread from his parents to his agent to his high school coach and the Baylor coaches. Austin was refereeing games and playing with kids in drills. He had no idea his life had changed forever. He would live like this for only 22 more hours. The decision was made by mom: let him play the game he loves just a little while longer before telling him the awful news. Austin wasn't exerting much energy at the camp as it was. Drew said he was "numb to the news" when he found out. Paul Mills, a Baylor assistant who was working the camp, found out around 8 p.m. He too was gobsmacked. "We wondered if we should pull him off the court. It's over," Mills recalled thinking. "He's never playing basketball again. I remember Isaiah as a seventh-grader, visiting campus, 6-7 tall. He's the only junior high kid I've ever gone to see. You're thinking back to all those instances over the past eight or nine years, and you're about to deliver news that will floor this kid." CBSSports.com

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