Adam Silver Rumors
Silver, speaking in an interview with ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth on NBA Tonight, said with the focus of much of this season’s playoffs on the officiating and how it has affected the outcome of games, that the refs still get it right a “vast majority of the time.” “Roughly 90 percent — they get it right,” Silver said. “Now, of course, I’d like 90 percent to be 100 percent. And so would they. But what these reports also show, what fans already know is, human error is part of this game, and the best athletes in the world make mistakes. And coaches occasionally make mistakes. Officials do, too.”
Game officials have faced compounded controversy as a result of bad calls or non-calls in nearly every series of this season’s playoffs as the NBA’s “Last Two Minute Report” confirms what has often been made readily apparent not long after a play through TV and internet video, fueling a new round of headlines. “My goal is for it not to be a storyline. There’s no question about that,” Silver said. “And even if you ask our officials, their goal is to not be noticed.” The league releases a report on officiating after each game that has a margin of five points or fewer at the two-minute mark.
“Transparency is a key goal of mine,” Silver said. “And the nature of these LTMs — these ‘Last Two Minute Reports’ — is that it’s information we have already been sharing with our teams. They of course want to know if a particular play in the league’s view was correctly called. “And in part, not even necessarily because they accept the league’s view over theirs. But they want to understand the basics of why we’re making certain calls. And my sense is, the media and the fans want to have that same understanding. And they want to see if we’re being consistent.
Silver, confused, asked what Bowen was talking about so Bowen sent along a clip of Silver leaving Curry hanging at the trophy presentation in a mismanaged handshake situation. “I thought oh geez how did that happen,” Silver said in an appearance on ESPN on Tuesday.
“In slow motion, it looks like I look over and see his hand hanging there waiting to be shaked,” he said. “In real time, I swear to god I never saw his hand. Our plan was, I said a few words, handed off the microphone, pick up the trophy and handed to him. “And frankly,” he added, “[At the time] I thought it went just fine — by my standards, meaning I didn’t drop the trophy, I didn’t trip on the microphone cord.”
Yesterday, KJR’s Dave “Softy” Mahler had a pair of Sonics legends on his radio show and they each had interesting comments about the future of the NBA in Seattle. In hour one, Softy spoke to Spencer Haywood about his upcoming documentary “Full Court.” Spencer had some interesting comments that came from a place not of speculation, but straight from the mouth of the NBA Commissioner. According to Spencer, Adam Silver told him… “Will you help the people in Seattle understand that we want to make amends? We want a team back in Seattle immediately.”
Softy seemed a bit taken aback by this strong message from the league, but Spencer doubled down. “[Adam Silver] wants a team back in Seattle desperately. They want to do right by Seattle, what has happened. They want to make it right.”