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March 2, 2014 Updates

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency head Travis Tygart says it is not difficult for NBA players to beat the league's drug-testing program. Tygart told ESPN.com that the NBA's testing program, which is built on six urine tests a year, is "not at all" tough to beat. ESPN.com

"Unfortunately, I think the athletes are being let down by the system," Tygart said in an interview with ESPN.com at the Sloan Conference on sports analytics Saturday at MIT. "Really, I've said it before. If there's no chance of getting caught, and you're overly competitive, you're going to do anything possible to win. That includes using these dangerous drugs because they will give you a performance-enhancing benefit. "We're hopeful at some point the athletes are supported and given the opportunity to be held to the highest standards. They do it when they're subjected to the Olympic testing, a year out before the OIympic Games. They're under our jurisdiction subject to blood testing and out-of-competition, no-notice, no blackout periods for when they can't be tested. And they fully support it. We've never had a player say they didn't want to be part of the program because of the testing." ESPN.com

"I don't want to be naïve. We don't have HGH testing in our league. It's something we agreed we'd do with the union, and we're waiting to figure out what the appropriate procedures are. Understandably -- and I'm sympathetic to the players here -- because it requires the taking of blood, we want to make sure it's done in the absolute right way. The NFL and their player association are going through the same discussion." Tygart, however, dismisses the long-held NBA position that a lack of overt signs of PEDs means the lack of a problem. "Don't be naive to the pressures," Tygart said before hearing Silver's comments. "Take your head out of the sand." ESPN.com

March 1, 2014 Updates

Adam Silver, while working for the NBA before becoming the league's commissioner, floated the idea of adding play-in games for the postseason and got some support from owners. Now as commissioner, Silver remains "fascinated" with the idea of a tournament to determine the final playoff spots. "By having a seven-game series, you reduce the randomness of the outcome," Silver said. "I think what's so exciting about college basketball -- and I'm a huge college basketball fan -- is the single-elimination tournament, the NCAA tournament. There, statistically, you're gonna have a lot more upsets. So, I think for us, well, I have mixed views. "In case of certain teams where star players were injured for a portion of the season or the team didn't jell until later in the season, that team can become competitive. Right? I like that idea." ESPN.com

While performance-enhancing drug scandals have rocked sports such as baseball and cycling in recent decades, the NBA has mostly steered clear of controversy. And according to commissioner Adam Silver, that’s not an accident. At MIT’s Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, the new boss of the league said he doesn’t believe there is widespread PED use by players. “I don’t have that sense,” Silver said on Saturday, during a panel discussion with author Malcolm Gladwell. “We may be just that we’re fortunate in the NBA that there is a cultural view that those types of drugs are not helpful for performance.” For The Win

The NBA does not currently test for human growth hormone, although the league and players’ union have said they want to reach an agreement on a testing process. “It’s something we’ve agreed we would do with our union, and we’re waiting to figure out what the appropriate procedures are, Silver said. “Understandably, and I’m sympathetic to the players here, where because it requires the taking of blood, we want to make sure that it’s done in the absolute right way. “To our players association’s credit, that was not a contentious negotiation—on drug testing six times a year, on agreeing to the appropriate procedures.” For The Win

The Hawks are on the verge of adding five minor investors to their ownership group, according to several people familiar with the situation. The completion of a deal is in the NBA approval process and likely will be completed by mid-March. The investors will not have a significant ownership in the team nor will their additions change the current structure. The additions were described as “a plus strategically, but not a big deal.” The Hawks could add additional investors in the future. The Hawks would not comment on the additions to the ownership group. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

February 26, 2014 Updates

The NBA really has changed quite dramatically under Adam Silver. We know this because Mark Cuban is now gushing over decisions made by the commissioner’s office. It happened Monday night at Madison Square Garden, when Cuban, the Dallas Mavericks’ outspoken owner, was asked a general question about Silver, who took the commissioner’s reins from David Stern on Feb. 1. “I think he’s taken some great steps on the officiating,” Cuban said. “There’s been more changes in 15 days, or whatever it is, than I saw in 14 years.” Cuban then divulged the most significant of those changes: The league is now sending its teams regular reports on blown calls by the referees. It’s one of the first steps in Silver’s push for greater transparency. Cuban has been advocating for measures like this since he purchased the Mavericks in 2000. Bleacher Report

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There was constant talk about the Hornets moving in the post-Katrina era due to poor attendance. Paul was once told that the team could be moving to San Diego. Shinn also wanted to sell the team. "I went through a lot there," Chris Paul said. "They were talking about moving our team here, moving our team there. All kind of different types of stuff." Yahoo! Sports

February 11, 2014 Updates

Michael Jordan’s wife, Yvette, has given birth to the couple’s identical twin daughters, Jordan’s spokeswoman Estee Portnoy told The Associated Press. Portnoy said Yvette Jordan gave birth to Victoria and Ysabel on Sunday in West Palm Beach, Fla., Portnoy said Tuesday night. Portnoy says “Yvette Jordan and the babies are doing well and the family is overjoyed at their arrival.” Chicago Sun-Times

February 6, 2014 Updates

“My entire focus the past eight years has been on trying to build a team that can contend and win and provide Cleveland fans the success that they deserve,” said Grant. “I have a tremendous appreciation for the players that are here and the coaches that I have worked with, as well as our front office. I thank them for all of their dedication and commitment to the Cavaliers.” NBA.com

Gilbert went on to address the current situation and the path ahead: "This has been a very difficult period for the franchise. We have severely underperformed against expectations. Just as this is completely unacceptable to our loyal and passionate fan base, season ticket holders and corporate partners, it is also just as unacceptable to our ownership group. I can assure everyone who supports and cares about the Cleveland Cavaliers that we will continue to turn over every stone and explore every possible opportunity for improvement to shift the momentum of our franchise in the right direction. There is no one in our entire organization who is satisfied with our performance, and to say that we are disappointed is an understatement. We all know the great potential of our young talent, seasoned veterans, as well as our recent all-star addition. We believe a change in leadership was necessary to establish the best possible culture and environment for our entire team to flourish." NBA.com

"There is no move, nor any amount of capital investment, we will not make if we believe it will improve our chances of competing and winning in this league for both the short and long term. The fans of this great city have invested too much time, money and effort for the kind of product we have recently delivered to them. This must change," concluded Gilbert. NBA.com

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