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Adam Silver not happy with 1 major aspect of NBA

Adam Silver speaking

NBA commissioner Adam Silver wants to find a way to change one major issue he sees in the current NBA.

Silver on Wednesday was critical of what he called “a trend of star players not participating in a full complement of games,” and hinted at the implementation of in-season tournaments or changes to the schedule as a way to combat the problem.

“The Play-In Tournament, I thought, was a beginning of creating renewed incentives for teams to remain competitive and be fighting for playoff position,” Silver said, via Tim Bontemps of ESPN. “It may be through in-season tournaments and changes in format where we can get at it.”

The commissioner admitted that some of the problems had to do with the frequency of injuries, and said the league had been encouraging the sharing of information regarding best practices and rehabilitation to cut down on injury issues.

Silver is right that few star players are coming close to playing in 82 games anymore. Some of that is down to rest, or extra cautiousness when a minor injury pops up. There is only so much Silver can do about that. Even so, the commissioner has long sought to increase interest in the regular season. That is one of the reasons he has so consistently pushed for an in-season tournament, and did so again here.

Photo: Feb 15, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a press conference during NBA All Star Saturday Night at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

NBA considering notable rule change for next season

Adam Silver speaking

The NBA may be ready to abolish one particular practice from the game beginning next season.

Addressing reporters Wednesday, commissioner Adam Silver said that the NBA Board of Governors has had a discussion about potentially eliminating take fouls, per Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic. Silver added that they are considering a change for next season and could possibly act by summer.

A take foul is an intentional foul committed by a team in transition to take away a fast break opportunity for the other team. It can slow down the pace of the game and deprive fans of some of the exciting highlight-reel plays that result from run-and-gun sequences in the open floor.

Silver did not mention what the NBA might do specifically to get rid of the take foul. The league could consider something like a free throw or two plus possession for the aggrieved team. It sounds like it would be a popular move though as even some notable coaches have denounced the take foul.

Photo: Feb 15, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a press conference during NBA All Star Saturday Night at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Silver addresses 1 problem with Rockets, other teams

John Wall in a suit

John Wall has not played at all this season despite being healthy, and NBA commissioner Adam Silver believes that is a problem for the league.

Silver was asked at his All-Star Game press conference on Saturday about Wall and other players being paid to sit out. He immediately responded “of course I think it’s a problem” and explained why both players and teams should be bothered by the trend.

“There’s a hard line there,” Silver said. “If it truly is by mutual agreement, I’m not sure the league office should be interfering. On the other hand, this goes back to my pay-for-performance point from earlier. … For every dollar that goes to a player who’s not producing on the floor, that’s a dollar less that’s going to a player who is performing. That shouldn’t be ideal for either players or teams.

“Do I have a ready fix? I’m hoping those are the types of issues we can approach collectively when we sit down with the players.”

Wall is making $44.3 million this season and set to make $47.3 million next season. The Houston Rockets are focused on their young core, so they feel they have no place for the veteran guard. At least two teams would supposedly have interest if Wall and the Rockets reach a buyout agreement, but it doesn’t sound like the two sides are working on one.

Just as Silver doesn’t like players sitting out for “maintenance” reasons, he obviously doesn’t want a healthy player who makes $500,000 per game riding the bench. The issue, as he said, will be finding a way to discourage the practice.

Photo: Nov 8, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) walks on the court after the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

NBA media not happy with Adam Silver over 1 statement

Adam Silver to the  media

Adam Silver spoke with the media on Saturday during NBA All-Star Weekend in Cleveland, and one thing he said did not go over well with many reporters.

The NBA cracked down on allowing reporters in the locker room in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Credentialed media members used to be able to talk with players in-person before and after games in the locker room, as well as during some practices/shootarounds. The access allowed reporters to build relationships with players, make observations, and then pass those stories and information along to interested fans.

However, since the pandemic, the NBA has not allowed media members into the locker room. Commissioner Silver says that regulation is likely to continue.

Reporters have been allowed in locker rooms/dressing rooms for multiple professional sports for years. That access has provided opportunities to reporters to speak with various players in intimate settings where they can possibly obtain more/exclusive information. Restricting media access to postgame appearances to just a few selected players, where all media members hear the same answers, will reduce the uniqueness in stories.

Players probably love and want this because the media is just a nuisance to many of them, and you could argue the presence of reporters in dressing rooms is a privacy violation.

The media is a conduit between fans and players and helps build, increase and maintain interest in players, teams and the leagues. Their access plays a big part in helping to build and continue interest.

One veteran NBA reporter called the measure “insulting.”

Another pointed out the hypocrisy from Silver in pointing to health concerns as the reason for continuing this restriction, while simultaneously ending testing for players.

Many players probably feel they make so much money, and already have direct access to fans through their social media channels, therefore the media in many cases is annoying.

Silver basically caters to the players as a commissioner, which makes it unlikely that this new policy will change any time soon.

Photo: Feb 15, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a press conference during NBA All Star Saturday Night at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

NBA commissioner calls out New York City over hypocritical vaccine rules

Adam Silver

Kyrie Irving still cannot play in home games for the Brooklyn Nets due to New York City’s vaccine mandate, and NBA commissioner Adam Silver feels it is time for that to change.

During an appearance on ESPN’s “Get Up!” Wednesday morning, Silver spoke about the New York City vaccine mandate that has prevented Irving from playing at home. He pointed out the hypocrisy of the mandate applying to someone like Irving but not a visiting player.

“The oddity of it to me is that it only applies to home players,” Silver said. “If ultimately that rule is about protecting people who are in the arena, it just doesn’t quite make sense to me that an away who is unvaccinated player can play in (the Barclays Center) but the home player can’t. To me, that’s a reason they should take a look at that ordinance.”

Silver is right. It is absurd that Irving isn’t allowed to play at the Barclays Center while an unvaccinated visiting player has clearance. That makes no sense from a scientific standpoint.

There has been talk about the Nets potentially finding a loophole that will allow Irving to play, but he remains ineligible for home games. Silver is hoping that changes at some point in the near future.

Photo: Feb 15, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a press conference during NBA All Star Saturday Night at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

NBA commissioner Adam Silver shares whether season will be paused

Adam Silver

The NHL made the decision on Monday to pause its season with COVID-19 cases on the rise, and many are wondering if other professional sports leagues will follow suit. The NBA will not.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver told ESPN’s Malika Andrews on Tuesday that the NBA has no plans to halt its season. He said he doesn’t understand the logic behind a pause because the COVID virus “will not be eradicated and we’re going to have to learn to live with it.”

Silver said he is confident continuing with the 2021-22 season is the “right and responsible thing to do.” He also mentioned that the NBA is looking into the possibility of shortening the quarantine period — which is currently 10 days — for vaccinated individuals. He cited the fact that many vaccinated players who become infected are asymptomatic and less likely to spread the virus.

It sounds like the NBA will take a similar approach to the NFL. Postponing games will continue to be an option, but neither league is going to place its season on hold like the NHL. The NFL made a major change to its COVID testing policy over the weekend, and it’s possible the NBA could do something similar.

Photo: Dennis Weirzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Silver critical of ESPN over handling of Rachel Nichols situation

Adam Silver

Rachel Nichols may end up losing a third role at ESPN after she was already removed from two, and NBA commissioner Adam Silver made it clear on Tuesday that he does not agree with the way the network has handled the situation.

While speaking with reporters prior to Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Silver called the situation involving Nichols and Maria Taylor “disheartening.” He defended Nichols and said people should be judged by “the larger context of their body of work and who they are and what we know about them” rather than a single comment.

Silver also questioned why ESPN let the issue simmer for so long.

“I think it’s particularly unfortunate that two women in the industry are pitted against each other,” he said, via Jason Owens of Yahoo Sports. “I know that both Rachel and Maria are terrific at what they do. They work extraordinarily hard.

“I think part of the problem is that when people can’t get in a room and talk through these issues — this seemingly has festered now for a full year. I would have thought that in the past year, maybe through some incredibly difficult conversations, that ESPN would have found a way to be able to work through it. Obviously not.”

An audio clip that was leaked on Sunday featured Nichols complaining that Taylor was given the NBA Finals hosting job over her last year. Nichols criticized ESPN for its “crappy longtime record on diversity” but said she felt she was more deserving than Taylor. You can listen to the audio clip here.

It’s unclear how long ESPN has known about the recording.

So far, Nichols lost her NBA Finals hosting job to Taylor and lost her NBA Finals reporting job to Malika Andrews. ESPN also chose to cancel Tuesday’s edition of “The Jump,” which Nichols hosts.

Adam Silver pushing to make play-in tournament permanent

Adam Silver

NBA commissioner Adam Silver has made no secret of his desire to make the play-in tournament a permanent fixture of the league schedule. He does admit, however, that he has some people to win over first.

Silver told ESPN’s “Keyshawn, J-Will and Zubin” that the 30 NBA teams have supported the tournament “for the most part,” but suggested that he still has work to do on the players.

“Of course, the other constituency is the players,” Silver said, via Tim Bontemps of ESPN. “For example, one player, who is on the executive committee of the union, said to me yesterday that he really likes the play-in tournament but he felt it could potentially be a bit unfair. For example, if you were the seventh seed and you were a significant number of games ahead of the 8-seed, the notion that you could somehow lose two games and be out of the playoffs seems unfair.”

Silver felt that the play-in tournament had been a success and helped drive interest in the final weeks of the regular season. He did add that he is open to tweaking the format, perhaps in order to address some of those concerns.

Based on how this year’s games have gone, it’s pretty easy to see why Silver wants this to become an annual event. The matchups may not always be as exciting as the ones the league got this year, but the tournament seems to be driving interest in the game regardless, and that’s what ultimately matters to him.

There are definitely some high-profile players that hated the concept. Perhaps seeing it work in practice will help Silver change their minds.

Adam Silver says NBA has no plans of returning to bubble setup

Adam Silver

Despite multiple teams dealing with interruptions to their seasons due to COVID-19 issues, the NBA is happy with how things are going and is not planning any major changes.

Commissioner Adam Silver said Saturday he does not envision returning to a bubble environment, adding that he is “fairly optimistic” about the second half of the season going smoothly.

While finishing last season in a bubble enabled the NBA to crown a champion, many players talked about how tough the environment was for their mental health. Nobody really wants to go back to that again.

31 games have been postponed due to health and safety protocols since the start of the season. For now, the league has worked them into the second half schedule, but it remains to be seen how any second half postponements will be dealt with.

Adam Silver wants NBA players to get vaccines to set example for black community

Adam Silver

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants the league’s players to get the COVID-19 vaccine because he believes they can help set a good example for the black community.

Silver spoke on a virtual call by Sportico on Tuesday and talked about why he thinks it would be a positive for the league’s players to get vaccinated.

“It’s something we’re particularly focused on,” Silver said. “In the African-American community, there’s been an enormously disparate impact from COVID. … but now, somewhat perversely, there’s been enormous resistance [to vaccinations] in the African-American community for understandable historical reasons.

“If that resistance continues it would be very much a double whammy to the black community because the only way out of this pandemic is to get vaccinated.”

Silver said that he has spoken with numerous health officials who believe there would be a public health benefit to some famous black people receiving the vaccine.

Silver has previously made it clear that the NBA would not “jump the line” regarding the vaccine. But now it seems Silver is reconsidering his stance somewhat.