HoopsHype Adam Silver rumors

February 16, 2014 Updates

The draft: Silver said everywhere he goes that "people dislike so-called one and done," referring to the many players who go to college for just one year to meet the league's age minimum of being one year out of high school and 19 years old. He favors pushing the age minimum to 20. "It is my belief that if players have an opportunity to mature as players and as people, for a longer amount of time before they come into the league, it will lead to a better league," he said. "And I know from a competitive standpoint that's something as I travel the league I increasingly hear from our coaches, especially, who feel that many of even the top players in the league could use more time to develop even as leaders as part of college programs." ESPN.com

On Saturday, Silver noted that such an age limit was mentioned in the most recent Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations, and that it remains something he is committed to pursuing because he believes it is in the best interests of the sport at all levels. “Everywhere I go people dislike [the] so‑called one and done,” he said. “It’s important to the NBA and important to basketball generally that there be strong college basketball. It’s important to college basketball that there be strong youth basketball and strong AAU basketball. And I think we feel we have a responsibility at the NBA as the stewards of the game to ensure that the game is played the right way.” SI.com

By now, most NBA fans know the 76ers are among several teams sacrificing wins, with subpar rosters, in pursuit of top lottery picks. As a result, new NBA commissioner Adam Silver was asked to define tanking and whether he thought teams were doing it. "My understanding of tanking would be losing game on purpose,” said Silver, who has been employed by the league since 1992. “And there’s absolutely no evidence that any team in the NBA has ever lost a single game, or certainly in any time that I’ve been in the league, on purpose.” Philadelphia Inquirer

“I’m committed to studying … international expansion,” he said. It’s not on the top of my list right now. And I tell you that goes for domestic expansion as well. Largely because I want to ensure that we have a healthy 30‑team league. As powerful as the gains were that we made in the last collective bargaining agreement, we still don’t have a league that has 30 teams that are financially viable. I think that we could do a better job on the competitive front as well. I would like a harder system to distribute players better as opposed to the tax system we have in place right now.” SI.com

It already will be different, as the Friday and Saturday events will be at Barclays Center and Sunday's All-Star Game will be at the Garden. But Silver, in his first state of the league address, said instead of the fan-friendly Jam Session that features interactive basketball activities, the NBA might do something involving all five boroughs. "Several members of the Knicks and Nets are in town studying everything that they're doing here in New Orleans," Silver said. "One of the ideas we have talked about, and it's consistent with a focus on the game, is to expand the All-Star experience to all five boroughs through programs for kids, a series of clinics throughout the New York area. "As opposed to one focused Jam Session, taking the game to the schools and having a program involving coaches and kids leading up to All-Star Weekend, that's one of my primary focuses." Newsday

February 15, 2014 Updates
February 14, 2014 Updates

The NBA wants instant replay reviews to be better, and more efficient. So new commissioner Adam Silver is implementing a new centralized video review center that will monitor all necessary game replays, with the idea to streamline the process and cut down the time. "What we're in the process of doing is we're going to create a central location where we'll have people there who will be watching every game," NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn said Friday, via ESPN.com. "When the referees go over to the side, in many instances the [central replay center] will already know what happened and they'll be able to tell the referee, which will hopefully take less time." CBSSports.com

By next season, the NBA is planning to create and use a centralized replay center to help referees and speed up games. "What we're in the process of doing is we're going to create a central location where we'll have people there who will be watching every game," NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn said Friday. "When the referees go over to the side, in many instances the [central replay center] will already know what happened and they'll be able to tell the referee, which will hopefully take less time." ESPN.com

The project is one of new commissioner Adam Silver's initiatives. The NBA would be mimicking a system the NHL started in 2011, when it created what is known as the "situation room" in Toronto where all goals from all games can be reviewed with calls communicated to the officials on the ice. That experiment has been successful in shortening the time replays take in addition to removing some pressure from the referees on site. ESPN.com

On another hot topic, what's your latest view of the draft? Do you see some tweaking or even overhauling of the lottery system being done anytime soon? What's your latest view of the draft right now? Adam Silver: Um, I'm studying it. I'm listening to everyone, from media to players who have a point of view to certain teams. ... There is legitimate rebuilding that teams go through, and will always be the case in a (salary) cap-type system because it requires by its very nature that teams plan for the future. So I'm not ready to declare it broken yet, but it's worthy of study. We created a new competition committee a year ago, a smaller group allowing that cross section of NBA personnel, owners, GMs, and coaches and league staff, so rather than having the three-hour meeting we had in the old days, we're creating a format where we can have multiday meetings, where we can take in enormous amounts of data to try to understand how team impact has been affected by the lottery. And then we'll go from there. So should we, again, tinker with the odds for lottery teams? We've done it before, and maybe we should do it again. But I'd say we're still studying the topic. USA Today Sports

February 13, 2014 Updates

The Hornets struck a blockbuster sending Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers to join Kobe Bryant in the backcourt post-lockout on the afternoon of Dec. 8, 2011. An hour later, the NBA-owned Hornets were told that NBA Commissioner David Stern nullified the deal for "basketball reasons." Stern, who retired earlier this year, didn't respond to an email in regards to that nullified deal. But new NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said: "[Stern] was acting in the best interest of the franchise at the time when he made the decision and did what he felt was right for the team." Yahoo! Sports

NBA All-Star Weekend is traditionally the league's biggest marketing event. Heading into this weekend's 2014 NBA All-Star game in New Orleans, the NBA is poised to announced its first-ever official tire sponsor: Kumho Tire. The NBA plans to announce a multi-year marketing partnership with the South Korean tire maker today across both the NBA and NBA Development League, according to league marketing executives. The partnership tips off at NBA All-Star Weekend from Feb. 14-16, where Kumho Tire will get to slap its logo courtside and on signage. A Korean tire company might seem like an odd fit at first glance, but the NBA's now one of the most global of the Big 5 U.S. pro leagues. Fully 25% of its players come from outside the U.S. Its games are now telecast in 212 countries. Advertising Age

Euroleague CEO Jordi Bertomeu was present in Athens, Greece, and before the game between Olympiacos and Anadolu Efes he spoke about almost every matter of Euroleague. However the most important part of the press conference was the way he presented the possible expansion of the NBA to Europe under the terms of the American league as almost an impossible plan. That’s why according to him the cooperation with Euroleague should be considered the only way for this to be done. Jordi Bertomeu: “My answer is the same with David Stern’s answers. Every time this subject comes up, he says that he will think about it for the next ten years and every one starts to talk about it. In order for the NBA to come, there should be 5-6 really strong teams in Europe in league with a 130 million USD financial turnover. That means tickets which will cost 100 euros per average and at least 150 sold outs. Our television partners should pay ten times more for the rights. And we also have to answer how the salary cup will work under a possible six different taxation laws. There are many legal issues. A lot of people talks about NBA in Europe, but not about those matters. My place is to give answers. It’s easy to make the questions. Adam Silver, the new commissioner, is a great contributor to the sport. We have met and I think that we have a future together. We want to increase our cooperation and we want to see things realistically”. EuroHoops.net

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