Adam Silver Rumors
“I am a little surprised by the growth in interest, specifically in free agency and the Las Vegas Summer League, but it’s really just an extension of the remarkable growth in interest in the NBA we’ve seen over the last decade,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wrote in an email interview Wednesday. “The whole game experience has never been more compelling or entertaining, and each summer a fresh set of story lines emerge that keep our fans engaged.”
The legalization of sports betting in the United States has been a hot topic, especially since the Supreme Court agreed in late June to hear New Jersey’s appeal in the state’s long-running quest to offer legalized sports betting. It came to the forefront again Tuesday night in New York City when the commissioners of all four major U.S. sports leagues (Roger Goodell, Adam Silver, Rob Manfred, Gary Bettman) gathered for a panel titled “GameChangers: Creating the Future of Sports” at the Paley Center for Media. “My sense is the law will change in the next few years in the United States,” Silver said when asked about gambling.
Silver, though, did leave the door open for the possibility of one day rebalancing the two conferences or having a 16-seed tournament. “Ultimately [two years ago] we concluded that given all the focus on sports science, health of our players and impact of travel, it didn’t make sense, at least at this time, to move to a rebalanced schedule because we played an imbalanced schedule,” Silver said at the board of governors news conference Wednesday.
“In terms of one-and-done, it is something that we are taking a fresh look at,” Silver said Wednesday. “As I’ve said, I don’t believe the system is working well for anyone and most importantly, from a developmental standpoint for the league, the question is when players come into the league at 19, have they gotten the best possible training to be equipped for NBA basketball? Our sense is, in some cases, yes. In other cases, no. It is a much bigger issue than whether we go from 19 to 20 [or] 19 to 18.”
Silver said he spoke to Cuban, and the NBA examined whether the Mavericks players showed any signs of losing game to get a higher draft pick. “Yes, it is not what you want to hear as commissioner,” Silver said. “I would say that Mark has a long track record with provocative [statements]. It is something that we spoke to him directly about, he acknowledged it was a poor choice of words. “When we looked at what was actually happening on the floor, which was most important to me, there was no indication whatsoever that his players were intentionally losing games. So we were satisfied with that and everyone moved on.”