Adam Silver Rumors
And one more note: you may remember my promise to get married if we didn’t win a championship within five years. Sadly to say, five years have passed. And today, I am very happy to say that NBA commissioner Adam Silver has agreed to take the plunge in my place. Adam, you are a much better man than me. Thank you very much, and I wish you and your new bride every happiness. And to the Nets fans, have a best rest of the summer, and I will be seeing you soon.
Silver’s comments echoed those that he made earlier this month. “I first met her in this league when she was playing for the Liberty early on in the league,” Silver told ESPN’s Holly Rowe. “Her composure was fantastic and also it says a lot about those Spurs, Coach Pop, R.C. Buford, Peter Holt. People need to be given opportunities. I obviously [was given] an opportunity by David Stern in the NBA. To see her get that opportunity, I have no doubt, as I said earlier, that we’re going to have a female coach in the NBA one day. There should be no barriers”
Billionaire donor Sheldon Adelson flew a group of NBA players to Israel on his private jet Thursday. According to the Jewish Journal, Adelson and his wife’s private Boeing 747 jet was lent to a delegation of eight NBA players, led by Israeli Sacramento Kings’ forward Omri Casspi. Video of the players approaching the plane was posted on the Instagram account of former NBA player Gal Mekel, who is also Israeli.
Portland got the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference last season by winning the Northwest Division, but the Trail Blazers would have been seeded sixth by win-loss record. That sparked new calls to throw out the protection for division winners, and Silver said after the owners’ annual summer meeting in Las Vegas that change was coming, though they wanted more time before voting on it. “So while we’re going to continue to discuss it a little bit more — we need to make a decision before the preseason begins — I think the greater likelihood is we will not be guaranteeing a spot to a division winner,” he said Wednesday. The Utah Jazz are working on making changes to their logo this offseason or next. The change wouldn’t take effect until the 16-17 season at the earliest.
“First of all, it’s never happened before that a division winner did not finish within the top eight, and our basketball analytics folks calculate that there’s less than a 5 percent chance that it would happen,” he said before taking part in a panel discussion at the “Beyond Sport United” program. “Where we are leaning right now is that we would not guarantee a spot for a division winner in part because it’s so unlikely to happen, and No. 2 if it does happen it would be potentially confusing to fans. No. 3, you would be displacing a team that did have a top-eight record.”
Watching your favorite basketball team’s games from another city no longer requires an expensive, season-long subscription package. Beginning next season, the NBA will offer individual, out-of-market games for $6.99. That price gets you streaming rights on smartphones, tablets, and PCs, but it also lets you tune in from any cable / satellite provider that currently offers NBA’s League Pass. That list probably includes whoever you’re paying for cable now: Comcast, Time Warner Cable, DirecTV, Dish, Verizon, AT&T, and others already participate in League Pass. So this goes beyond mere streaming and takes on a pay-per-view feel. There is one caveat, though; nationally televised games can’t be purchased this way — since anyone can just watch on ESPN or whatever network they’re on.