NBA commissioner Adam Silver wrote a letter to league employees on Friday addressing the recent social justice protests and what the plan will be going forward.
Silver began by offering his full support for NBA and WNBA players who have shown “their commitment to shining a light on important issues of social justice.” The commissioner said he had productive conversations with players, coaches and team executives on Thursday.
“The discussion centered on how we can best collaborate to address a broad range of issues, including increasing access to voting, promoting civic engagement, and advocating for police and criminal justice reform.” Silver also acknowledged that some players feel the NBA should be doing more. Here is the full statement:
In an email to NBA employees, obtained by ESPN, Commissioner Adam Silver says: “I wholeheartedly support NBA and WNBA players and their commitment to shining a light on important issues of social justice.” pic.twitter.com/EAOEcflkmF
Silver’s letter came on the same day a large faction of NBA employees decided to go on strike in solidarity with players. ESPN’s Malika Andrews reports that roughly 100 employees based in New York are on strike and will spend their time phoning elected officials.
Sources: Roughly 100 NBA employees — based in New York — are on strike today, in solidarity with the NBA and WNBA players pushing for social justice. They will be spending the day calling elected officials.
A total of six NBA playoff games were postponed on Wednesday and Thursday and in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake. The league said in a statement Thursday that the hope is to resume play either Friday or Saturday.
The NBA is going to look different when bubble games start in Orlando, but commissioner Adam Silver is detailing some changes that might be unique in a good way.
The league is preparing to use many different elements in TV broadcasts during the unique situation. Silver said that includes unique camera angles, enhanced game audio, and even virtual halftime shows.
Silver says the broadcasts will include, among other things: "Unique, never before seen camera angles, enhanced audio with players and coaches, and virtual concerts and halftime performances."
This actually all sounds pretty interesting. With no fans in arenas, one would expect the NBA and its broadcast partners to get creative in terms of how they bring the game to fans at home.
There are likely other interesting ideas that may be implemented that we haven’t even heard about yet. Others have been floated, but weren’t confirmed yet. Basically, these games will be worth watching, if only for how unique and different the broadcasts promise to be.
The state of Florida has been experiencing an increase in coronavirus cases over the past several days, and many have wondered if that will impact the NBA’s ability to resume the season next month. However, it does not sound like the league is going to make any significant changes.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver held a conference call with high-ranking league executives recently in which he expressed confidence in the Orlando bubble plan, according to ESPN’s Baxter Holmes and Zach Lowe. Silver’s tone was described as “resolute and somber” as he discussed the thousands of new cases of COVID-19 that have sprung up in Florida, but the NBA is proceeding as scheduled with its plans.
The NBA Players Association also held a call with players this week to discuss their concerns about coronavirus cases increasing. Florida announced 4,049 new cases Saturday. The majority of the positive COVID-19 cases have been in the southern part of the state, while Walt Disney World is located in central Florida.
There are likely still a number of details for the NBA to sort through. The season is not set to officially resume until July 30, so that gives the league time to make adjustments as needed.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants to avoid a situation where a desire to protect the health of older coaches does not also result in age discrimination.
Silver said on TNT Thursday that there was consideration to not allowing older coaches to be on the bench during the resumed season in Orlando this year. Part of the thinking comes from data showing older people are more at risk of death from the coronavirus than younger people.
Adam Silver says it is possible that "certain coaches" may not be able to be the bench coach when play resumes at Disney "in order to protect them."
Gregg Popovich is 71. Mike D'Antoni is 69. Alvin Gentry is 65.
The CDC says people 65 and older are at higher risk.
Shortly thereafter, Silver was reconsidering his stance.
NBA Coaches Association President Rick Carlisle, who is the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks, told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that he spoke with Silver, who says he “jumped the gun” with the statement.
“I just spoke to Adam Silver and he admitted that he jumped the gun with his statement to TNT,” Carlisle told Woj. “The health and safety of our coaches is first and foremost. It’s entirely possible that an NBA coach in his 60s or 70s could be healthier than someone in their 30s or 40s. The conversation should never be solely about a person’s age. Adam assured me that we would work through this together to help determine what is both safe and fair for all of our coaches.”
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is 71; Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni is 69; New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry is 65. They are the coaches who would be considered to be in the at-risk group based on age.
The NBA has been on hiatus for nearly three months now, and it could still take another four months or more for the 2019-20 season to play out.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Tuesday that part of the league’s proposal for a July 31 resumption of play in Orlando is a latest possible date of Oct. 12 for a Game 7 of the NBA Finals. The NBA’s Board of Governors has a meeting set for Thursday to vote on a finalized plan.
For what it’s worth, the NBA Finals were supposed to take place this year from June 4 to June 21. The 2019-20 campaign also began on Oct. 22, so finishing the season as late as mid-October would represent almost a full calendar year.
NBA fans who are hoping for a plan to be finalized this week for the resumption of the 2019-20 season may wind up disappointed.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver is scheduled to meet with the league’s Board of Governors on Friday, and there has been talk that the goal is to have a set plan in place by the end of that meeting. However, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Wednesday that there is “no current expectation” for that to happen.
While NBA’s Board of Governors meet with Adam Silver on Friday, there’s no current expectation for a decision on a finalized return-to-play plan to emerge from the session, sources tell ESPN. Talks on incorporating the three most serious plans remain ongoing with NBPA and teams.
July seems to be the target date for games to resume, with some sort of training camp period before that. But before any of that can happen, team owners and players need to agree on a number of different elements, such as where games will be played and what the the format will be. It’s unclear how much progress has been made to this point.
The NBA has yet to commit to a specific date for when the 2019-20 season might resume, but commissioner Adam Silver has set a timeline for deciding whether or not that will even be feasible.
Silver held a call with the NBA’s Board of Governors on Tuesday, and Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that he told team owners he is looking to make a decision about the resumption of the season within the next 2-4 weeks. That marks the first time since the season was postponed that Silver has provided an actual timeline for a decision.
While Silver and NBA owners want to wait to make as informed of a decision as possible, they reportedly believe they cannot let the situation drag out into July.
If the season does resume, the plan that was reportedly reiterated on Tuesday calls for games to be played at one or two locations like Disney World in Orlando or Las Vegas. Some players have already expressed opposition to that arrangement, but Silver told the Board of Governors that the league would not expect players and staff to remain in a strict “medical bubble.” Instead, they would be allowed to move about freely but would need to be re-tested upon their return.
Several star players expressed this week that they want to resume the season. The availability of testing seems like it will be the biggest factor in determining whether or not that can happen.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver isn’t setting any timelines when it comes to making a decision on the future of the NBA season.
Silver said Friday that the league doesn’t even know yet what has to happen in order to resume play. The NBA has also not given serious consideration to a “bubble” scenario in which players and essential staff are quarantined in one site where games take place without fans.
On a conference call, NBA commissioner Adam Silver says the league is looking at data, not dates. The league is not even to a place where if A, B, C were to happen, there would be a path to return. Many “bubble like concepts” have been proposed but “we’ve only listened.”
Silver made clear that the lack of certainty does not mean the league is moving toward canceling the season. He also added that all options were in play in order to resume the current campaign, including delaying the start of the 2020-21 season in order to finish the current one.
Adam Silver: "We’re not ready to set a date yet in terms of how long we can wait until we can no longer continue the season. Everything is on the table, including potentially delaying the beginning of next season."
It’s been reported that the NBA does have a plan in place for what will happen once they receive the green light to resume. We just have no idea when that will be, and neither does Silver. The reality is that it may be quite some time yet before we have any clarity on the situation.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver is providing an interesting update on the league’s ongoing efforts to test for the coronavirus.
In an interview Wednesday with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, Silver said that eight teams have already been tested in full for the disease in addition to other players exhibiting symptoms. He also responded to those criticizing how NBA teams have gotten a significant chunk of such scarce tests by saying that the league has simply been following the recommendations of health officials.
Adam Silver says 8 NBA teams have been tested in full plus others from teams that have shown symptoms.
Adam Silver says he has not been tested for coronavirus. On some teams getting tested and criticism over it, he says NBA has been following recommendations from health officials. Says Jazz didn't ask to be tested but that Oklahoma health official required them to be tested
Players from three teams (the Utah Jazz, Detroit Pistons, and Brooklyn Nets) are confirmed to have tested positive for the coronavirus. The Oklahoma City Thunder announced on Wednesday that all their players and staff had tested negative for the disease, while other teams such as the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers are reportedly awaiting the results of their own tests.