HoopsHype Adam Silver rumors

November 6, 2014 Updates

While the Knicks have struggled implementing the triple-post offense, falling to 2-3 after a loss to Detroit on Wednesday, the team’s efforts - or lack thereof - haven’t been lost on the commissioner. “I watched the Knicks game last night,” Silver said at a Nets community event on Thursday at a City Harvest Food Rescue facility in Long Island City. “Clearly, they’re still learning the triangle,” he said with a laugh. “I still don’t understand it. But they’re learning it. But that’s what the game is all about. You have a new coach, you have a new president of basketball operations in Phil Jackson; you have a couple new players on the team.” New York Daily News

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has a list of priorities for new NBA Development League President Malcolm Turner. At the top: finding a naming-rights deal for the NBA's 18-team-and-growing minor league. Just like NASCAR's second-tier circuit, the Nationwide Series, has a title sponsor, or an international basketball league has a naming-rights deal, such as the Endesa ACB League in Spain, the NBA seeks more revenue sources. "For the D-League to go to the next level, one of the top items on our agenda is potentially selling a naming-rights deal for the league," Silver told USA TODAY Sports. "There's a naming-rights opportunity for the league, and Malcolm has a great track record in sales." USA Today Sports

Silver also wants Turner to: Continue to use the D-League to make the NBA better, as a testing ground for potential on-court improvements in the NBA. On Wednesday, the D-League announced a set of rules changes, including a coach's challenge and an increase the penalty foul limit to five from four, in an effort to speed up the game. USA Today Sports

November 5, 2014 Updates

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has a list of priorities for new NBA Development League President Malcolm Turner. At the top: finding a naming-rights deal for the NBA's 18-team-and-growing minor league. Just like NASCAR's second-tier circuit, the Nationwide Series, has a title sponsor, or an international basketball league has a naming-rights deal, such as the Endesa ACB League in Spain, the NBA seeks more revenue sources. "For the D-League to go to the next level, one of the top items on our agenda is potentially selling a naming-rights deal for the league," Silver told USA TODAY Sports. "There's a naming-rights opportunity for the league, and Malcolm has a great track record in sales." USA Today Sports

"This is one of the top growth opportunities in sports," Turner said of the D-League. "This is a property that offers great promise and potential with what it is today but also what it can become. It really is great opportunity for the development of the game for a training ground for a host of constituents from players to coaches to front-office staff and officials." USA Today Sports

November 1, 2014 Updates

Adam Silver: (...) Sports betting, if done in an appropriate regulatory environment, is not necessarily an evil. (...) Like alcohol, or other substances, there's the potential for abuse, but I don't necessarily think that means that for the 95% of the population that can do it in a controlled, enjoyable way and be entertained by it, that it necessarily should therefore be excluded for everyone." YouTube

Adam Silver: "I do think that sports betting on a widespread legalized basis in the United States is inevitable in part because States like New Jersey are pushing hard to generate additional revenue in the same way that lotteries have expanded to virtually every State now. I think sports betting will follow behind. My view is that if that is inevitable, and it's gonna happening, then we need to participate in the regulatory framework that will be designed around our game. I mean, ultimately we have the responsability for the integrity of the game, to ensure the competition is pure, to ensure that no one in the NBA family -a team, a referee- is in any way influenced by gamblers. We of course do all these things now, but frankly because the industry is not transparent, we can't do as good a job I believe as we could if it were all highly regulated. I mean for example, right now, there's a huge offshore online business in sports betting." YouTube

Adam Silver: “I’ve learned the hard way, not necessarily to trust my gut and look at the data. I think that’s where analytics came in. When we were kids guys took the entire summer off and training camp was the chance to lose a few pounds that you gained over the summer, and truly get back in shape. I don’t think anyone would suggest today that the fact that guys did virtually nothing during the summer was better health wise. Finding that right balance, even if players don’t participate with their national teams during the summer or aren’t actively playing, they’re working out hard. Sometimes what I’ve heard from some trainers is the repetitiveness of some of the things they’re doing on their own instead of playing games isn’t necessarily good for their tendons or muscle. We need more science here, that’s something the league is taking more seriously." Basketball Insiders

Adam Silver: “I realize you can’t just take the existing 82 game schedule, regular season plus playoffs then just plop another tournament down on top of it. I think you’d have to take a serious look at the All-Star break if it were a midseason tournament, the game itself, events around All-Star, but conceivably what a midseason tournament could look like is some number of teams, you could either begin with all the teams and have a single-elimination tournament, it’s another area where through floating the idea, I’ve gotten some really interesting suggestions. It may be an opportunity to bring in international clubs, there’s been talk about the NBA sponsoring a world championship, of course there’s a world cup now which the United States participates in, but for the NBA, club championships are very different. We, I and others at the league office have studied the champions league for European soccer. They have other types of cups and midseason tournaments. Basketball Insiders

October 31, 2014 Updates

Silver talked about it in more detail with Howard Beck of Bleacher Report in a video interview (it’s worth watching all of it, they cover some other interesting topics). “I and others at the league office have spent a lot of time studying the Champions League for European soccer and other types of cups and mid-season tournaments,” Silver said in the interview. “Now there there’s a long tradition, but maybe there’s the opportunity to create a new tradition. And to create more competitions. Right now everything is about the Larry O’Brien trophy but soccer operates a little differently, they have different cups, which may not be as important as the championship but in their own right are highly significant. “Those are not the kinds of changes that are going to happen in a year, or maybe even in two or three years, but they are the kinds of development for the league that needs to be studied over time.” NBCSports.com

"I can say that I was more than surprised," Roberts told Yahoo Sports in an interview. "I am not suggesting that Adam is telling a lie. I am sure that the owners told him that. But it's difficult for me to believe that, especially after looking at the 2011 CBA negotiations and seeing all the money the players don't have now. There's $1.1 billion that the players would've been otherwise entitled. "I find it very difficult to appreciate how any owners could suggest they're still losing money. It defies common sense. We know what the franchise values are. I don't have to say '$2 billion' again and again, do I? "The gate receipts, the media deals. What else do you need to make money? We are not going to reengage in a process where this happens again. The NBA's cries of poverty will not fly this time." Yahoo! Sports

October 29, 2014 Updates

Jody Genessy: NBA commish said "no imminent plans for expansion now," but he thinks Europe expansion is "doable" in the future. Twitter @DJJazzyJody

Silver said the idea for the shorter game came directly from a coaches' meeting, but he doubts it will be implemented in the near future. Silver said the league is more likely to change the amount of time between games with an emphasis on reducing the number of back-to-back games teams play. "I think it's highly unlikely that we're going to see a change in the number of minutes anytime soon. On the other hand, format is something we're we'll continue to look at, and maybe a change in the spacing of the games throughout the season. Obviously a lot of focus on back-to-backs and three-games-in-four-nights, and several people suggested that we look at potentially reducing the number of preseason games, starting the regular season a little bit earlier, push it a little bit later and so creating a little bit more spacing, and I think that was the response from some of the players to the 44-minute game as well." Sports Illustrated

October 28, 2014 Updates

The NYC Marathon field will have a slightly taller look this year as the National Basketball Association joins in to promote physical activity throughout New York’s five boroughs. The NBA will hold a relay, pairing league celebrities with local youth runners to complete the Nov. 2 race in 24 legs, league Commissioner Adam Silver and Mary Wittenberg, chief executive officer of race organizer New York Road Runners, said yesterday at a pre-race luncheon. Silver, a two-time NYC Marathon finisher, will run the first leg with 14-year-old Staten Island resident Lauren Pitarresi, while Dikembe Mutombo, the 7-foot-2 center who played for both the New York Knicks and then-New Jersey Nets, will run the final leg of the 26.2-mile (42.2-kilometer) race. Bloomberg

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