Adam Silver Rumors
Me: Do you believe that people who don’t know you think you’re a racist? DF: I can’t control what everyone out there believes. I think most people, if they’ve looked into this, they’ve heard people that have known me for 30 years. They’ve looked into my background. They’ve looked at my life. And hopefully used all of that information when they make their decision. But I can’t control what everyone looks at and how much they look at this whole story. And that hurts. That’s sad to me, because I really am proud of being part of this melting pot of the NBA throughout my life — not just my career, but my whole life. And it’s something I’ve always taken a lot of pride in, the diversity and inclusion that I’ve been a part of through the NBA. It’s been a model, with David Stern and Adam Silver and the league, what they’re built. I’ve been a part of that and I’m proud of that.
Last year when we spoke, we touched a little bit upon the one-and-done rule. You said that you’d like to see the age requirement moved to 20. Have you guys discussed that anymore this year? Or is it more of a CBA / NBA Player’s Association thing? Silver: It’s something that we continue to discuss in the league office with our teams and the larger basketball community. That includes youth basketball and the NCAA. We have not had any direct conversations with the Player’s Association on the issue. As you know, we cannot unilaterally change the age, that is something that can only be done through collective bargaining. But we’ve made it clear that when we ultimately do return to bargaining, that’s something that we would like to discuss with the players. It’s my view that it would be in the best interest of the league and the Player’s Association to raise the minimum age to 20. But I understand it’s a controversial issue.
We talked about Jay Z last year and you being a fan of his. Obviously you went to his concert at the Barclays Center. I have to ask you, do you have a favorite Jay Z lyric? Silver: I do have a favorite Jay Z lyric, which I find myself often using in business conversations, and that is, Even a broken clock is right two times a day. From “Guns and Roses.” McCollum: That’s a good one. Silver: I may be paraphrasing, but it’s close.
McCollum: Shortened preseason? Silver: On the table. McCollum: All-Star game in Portland? Silver: On the table. McCollum: Yes! Regular season games overseas? Silver: On the table. No doubt.
Scott Agness: NBA announces that Charlotte will host 2017 All-Star weekend, with the big game to be held on Sun., Feb. 19.
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The players’ union has also rejected the NBA’s “cap smoothing” proposal that would pay players the same 51 percent of basketball-related income that they receive under the current CBA, which would have artificially lowered the salary cap to prevent the big spike and phase in the increase over several years. “I think we have a very fair deal right now,” Silver said Sunday during halftime of Game 5 of the Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena.
Silver said the league consults with medical experts about reducing injuries. Players such as Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Bosh all suffered season-ending injuries this season. “We continue to look at the best medical advice and the most modern science to see how we can cut down on injuries,” Silver said. “One of the ways we can help reduce the number of injuries is to cut down on the [workload] we give the players and that involves stretching the games out a little bit. But I don’t want to make any moves without having a better understanding of [the injuries]. “For example, it may have something to do with the amount of intense basketball that many of these players play at a young age. We need to have a holistic understanding of all aspects of the game.”
Of course, Silver previously said reducing back-to-back games and including more offdays in the schedule could help. Silver has made this an emphasis since taking over as commissioner in 2014. “I think over time we’d like to push the season back a little bit later,” Silver said. “And push back the start of preseason. I think we could reduce the length of the preseason a little bit. I think we could reduce the number of preseason games we have [from eight]. “We’re in the process of doing it but there are a lot of moving parts so it’s complicated. It’s unlikely it will happen for next season but I’m confident over time we will be able to reduce the number of back-to-back games.”
Silver has a major challenge ahead to avoid sets of consecutive games without beginning the schedule earlier — which would conflict with the major league baseball playoffs — or extend the schedule, which would spill into July and compete with the heart of baseball season and NFL training camps. “From our standpoint in terms of scheduling, something I’ve talked about, we’ve revamped the entire scheduling process this year to try to do everything to clear more windows at our arenas, to clear more broadcast windows,” Silver said. “ESPN and ABC and TNT have been very cooperative in releasing sort of Thursday night and Sunday afternoons, releasing their exclusivities to allow us to schedule other games in those time slots. Those things make a difference. “Of course it’s a concern of ours when players are getting injured. It’s not necessarily worse than it’s been historically. But it’s to the point, especially when you see star players going down and missing serious numbers of games, it’s something we’re very focused on.”
Silver weighed in on a number of issues, including the increase of serious injuries to players. “There are more high-profile players seemingly that are injured this year than last year. So that always concerns me,” Silver said. “I think it’s something that the league and the teams are spending enormous resources on for best-of-kind medical care, best-of-kind science, to see what we can do to prolong players’ careers and keep them on the floor longer. “One of the things we know we think will make a difference is to reduce the number of back-to-backs and to create more rest for players. I mean, some of that is done by teams in a very sophisticated way, managing minutes. Most people didn’t talk about the fact that in the last collective bargaining agreement, as you know, we added another roster spot on teams. So now it’s a 13-man roster instead of a 12.”
This story from earlier this week detailed how the Cavs, Warriors and more than a dozen other NBA teams are using technology to monitor player fatigue, stress levels and other known indicators for injury. There is more research and discussion under way, including the possibility of using a fleet of modern jets with enough fully reclining seats for all players to sleep on flights. “We’ve revamped the entire scheduling process this year to try to do everything to clear more windows at our arenas, to clear more broadcast windows,” Silver said. “… I think the science over time zone travel has gotten much better, where moving four time zones, we think, may have an effect on players’ bodies that we may not have understood historically.”
Whatever the underlying causes and possible solutions, another star going down on the NBA’s biggest stage suggests that the problem of player health has reached critical mass. The only thing we know for sure is that you can’t have a basketball league without basketball players. “Of course it’s a concern when players are getting injured,” Silver said. “It’s not necessarily worse than it’s been historically. But it’s to the point, especially when you see star players going down and missing serious numbers of games, it’s something that we’re focused on.”
Obviously tough news with Kyrie. What was your reaction when you heard? Adam Silver: “First of all, from a personal standpoint, I’ve become good friends with Kyrie over the years. I traveled to South Africa with him and his Dad a year and a half ago, and I’m also a Duke grad (like Irving). So I’m devastated for him personally. You never like to see injuries, especially at this level, and right in the middle of our highest-profile series. Whether or not there’s more we can do to prevent injuries is something we’re very focused on. It’s always been part of the game — injuries happen, and they happen to high-profile players, they happen to guys who aren’t so high profile. Whether there’s better training practices, whether through better analytics, we can get a sense of what precise movements lead to injuries, whether it’s a function of the schedule are all things that we’re (looking at).”
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday there has been “absolutely no suggestion” of any wrongdoing with basketball’s international governing body like the scandal that has rocked soccer. Speaking before Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Silver expressed his confidence in FIBA, noting that the NBA has a seat on its board. “Their financials are audited. They have open board meetings,” Silver said. “And, again, there’s never been a discussion in our sport of any of the sort of taint that we’re seeing right now in FIFA.”
Maybe it was only some California dreamin’, but NBA commissioner Adam Silver agreed Thursday with the head of the NBA players union that the next league’s collective bargaining agreement might be negotiated without the usual rancor or threat of a lockout. “Yeah, I hope there is an opportunity for that,” Silver said during his traditional pre-Finals news conference held each year before Game 1. “Certainly we’ve had discussions [with] the players association about getting together as early as this summer to begin talking about how both sides the collective bargaining agreement is working [and] if there were to be changes, what changes we’d like to see made.”