HoopsHype Adam Silver rumors

November 13, 2014 Updates

Adam Silver: “The Salary Cap system, which splits revenues between team owners and players and has been agreed upon by the NBA and the Players Association since 1982, has served as a foundation for the growth of the league and has enabled NBA players to become the highest paid professional athletes in the world. We will address all of these topics and others with the Players Association at the appropriate time.” CBSSports.com

In fact, Roberts doesn't think that teams are hurting for money, period -- even if she did recently hear Silver report that roughly one-third of NBA franchises are still unprofitable. "I initially just started laughing, to be honest with you," she said of her reaction to that statistic. "I know that as a result of the last CBA, at least 1.3 billion dollars in revenue that would have otherwise been on the players' side is now on the owners' side. I see the valuations of these teams going though the roof. ... How much more do you need to make money?" ESPN.com

So how has the NBA managed to successfully institute legislation that, in Roberts' view, is both opposed to this country's capitalistic principles and her players' best interests? "No one wants to say it out loud, but it's a monopoly," she said. "And were there alternatives, they wouldn't get away with it." "I'll give the league credit," she added. "They have done a great job controlling the narrative." ESPN.com

November 11, 2014 Updates

Silver jokingly said it "clearly" looked like the Knicks were "still learning" the triangle after their loss to the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday. Jackson on Monday addressed the commissioner's comments. "I wasn't so humored by the commissioner actually jumping in on top of that, too," he said. "He doesn't need to get in on that. There's enough focus on [the] triangle. It's not anything. It's a system. It's simple basketball. Just play the game. We're over the triangle; let's get to business and play the right way." ESPN.com

November 7, 2014 Updates

“I hate what’s going on in Philly,” he told The Philadelphia Inquirer. “They don’t have a basketball person in the organization. It makes me sick to my stomach.” In an email, N.B.A. Commissioner Adam Silver dismissed Brown’s nausea, saying: “First of all, no team goes on the court trying to lose games. What’s sometimes labeled tanking in our league is, in my view, more accurately described as rebuilding. Unfortunately, rebuilding a team is not easy in any league and takes time and careful planning.” New York Times

November 6, 2014 Updates

While the Knicks have struggled implementing the triple-post offense, falling to 2-3 after a loss to Detroit on Wednesday, the team’s efforts - or lack thereof - haven’t been lost on the commissioner. “I watched the Knicks game last night,” Silver said at a Nets community event on Thursday at a City Harvest Food Rescue facility in Long Island City. “Clearly, they’re still learning the triangle,” he said with a laugh. “I still don’t understand it. But they’re learning it. But that’s what the game is all about. You have a new coach, you have a new president of basketball operations in Phil Jackson; you have a couple new players on the team.” New York Daily News

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has a list of priorities for new NBA Development League President Malcolm Turner. At the top: finding a naming-rights deal for the NBA's 18-team-and-growing minor league. Just like NASCAR's second-tier circuit, the Nationwide Series, has a title sponsor, or an international basketball league has a naming-rights deal, such as the Endesa ACB League in Spain, the NBA seeks more revenue sources. "For the D-League to go to the next level, one of the top items on our agenda is potentially selling a naming-rights deal for the league," Silver told USA TODAY Sports. "There's a naming-rights opportunity for the league, and Malcolm has a great track record in sales." USA Today Sports

Silver also wants Turner to: Continue to use the D-League to make the NBA better, as a testing ground for potential on-court improvements in the NBA. On Wednesday, the D-League announced a set of rules changes, including a coach's challenge and an increase the penalty foul limit to five from four, in an effort to speed up the game. USA Today Sports

November 5, 2014 Updates

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has a list of priorities for new NBA Development League President Malcolm Turner. At the top: finding a naming-rights deal for the NBA's 18-team-and-growing minor league. Just like NASCAR's second-tier circuit, the Nationwide Series, has a title sponsor, or an international basketball league has a naming-rights deal, such as the Endesa ACB League in Spain, the NBA seeks more revenue sources. "For the D-League to go to the next level, one of the top items on our agenda is potentially selling a naming-rights deal for the league," Silver told USA TODAY Sports. "There's a naming-rights opportunity for the league, and Malcolm has a great track record in sales." USA Today Sports

"This is one of the top growth opportunities in sports," Turner said of the D-League. "This is a property that offers great promise and potential with what it is today but also what it can become. It really is great opportunity for the development of the game for a training ground for a host of constituents from players to coaches to front-office staff and officials." USA Today Sports

November 1, 2014 Updates

Adam Silver: (...) Sports betting, if done in an appropriate regulatory environment, is not necessarily an evil. (...) Like alcohol, or other substances, there's the potential for abuse, but I don't necessarily think that means that for the 95% of the population that can do it in a controlled, enjoyable way and be entertained by it, that it necessarily should therefore be excluded for everyone." YouTube

Adam Silver: "I do think that sports betting on a widespread legalized basis in the United States is inevitable in part because States like New Jersey are pushing hard to generate additional revenue in the same way that lotteries have expanded to virtually every State now. I think sports betting will follow behind. My view is that if that is inevitable, and it's gonna happening, then we need to participate in the regulatory framework that will be designed around our game. I mean, ultimately we have the responsability for the integrity of the game, to ensure the competition is pure, to ensure that no one in the NBA family -a team, a referee- is in any way influenced by gamblers. We of course do all these things now, but frankly because the industry is not transparent, we can't do as good a job I believe as we could if it were all highly regulated. I mean for example, right now, there's a huge offshore online business in sports betting." YouTube

Adam Silver: “I’ve learned the hard way, not necessarily to trust my gut and look at the data. I think that’s where analytics came in. When we were kids guys took the entire summer off and training camp was the chance to lose a few pounds that you gained over the summer, and truly get back in shape. I don’t think anyone would suggest today that the fact that guys did virtually nothing during the summer was better health wise. Finding that right balance, even if players don’t participate with their national teams during the summer or aren’t actively playing, they’re working out hard. Sometimes what I’ve heard from some trainers is the repetitiveness of some of the things they’re doing on their own instead of playing games isn’t necessarily good for their tendons or muscle. We need more science here, that’s something the league is taking more seriously." Basketball Insiders

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