Adam Silver Rumors
“I understand Adam’s concern, and it’s a legitimate concern. We all have it. We all feel badly about [it],” Popovich said Saturday. “I think they used the example of the young man and his dad or whatever. They’ve saved up their money. They want to go see somebody play, and that person’s not there. I get it. If it was me, I’d be miffed myself. But we all have different roles, different jobs, and different goals. We can’t satisfy everybody. But I think that every owner’s gonna be different. I think it’s a slippery slope, and makes it difficult to keep trust, and camaraderie to the degree that I think you have to have to be successful in this league if owners get too involved in what coaches and GMs are doing.”
Popovich indicated that the trust developed among himself, general manager R.C. Buford and Spurs ownership is what has helped the organization build the culture the rest of the league appears to be trying to replicate. “I think keeping owners informed about what’s going on is mandatory, and having input is fine,” Popovich said. “But I think there has to be an understanding that coaches and GMs have brains also, and we know who pays the bills. It’s a slippery slope, I think, if owners got too involved in that process. That trust relationship in those three areas is really important in creating a culture and making something that can be long-lasting. I’ve been here over 20 years. I think that says it all. They just let us do our jobs. We keep them informed as we should. And the chips fall where they may. If we’re not successful, I’m sure we’ll be gone just like anybody’s gone if things don’t work out well.”
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is supportive of a recent NBA memo that warned of “significant penalties” for teams that don’t provide adequate notice to the league, their opponent and media when planning to rest marquee players.
“I thought it was smart,” Kerr said 90 minutes before tip-off of Golden State’s Tuesday night game against the Mavericks. “This is something that every organization needs to partner together with the league and our broadcast partners to figure out what’s best for everybody. We all have the same interests at heart.”
Though he admitted it’s unlikely, Kerr said that he “wouldn’t be opposed” to trimming the NBA’s 82-game regular season. “I think even just going down to 75 games, I think that would make a dramatic difference in the schedule,” Kerr said. “Now, I don’t see that happening, because there’s money to be made for everybody, but I do think there’s a way for this to be remedied. Maybe not remedied, but I think it can be dramatically helped with what the league is working on next year.”