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06-2022

Silver: NBA’s ‘star players’ aren’t playing enough

Silver: NBA's 'star players' aren't playing enough

NEW YORK — NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Wednesday that there had been no specific discussion of an impending arbitration between Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers, adding that his major concern going forward was “not participating in the full complement of star players.” The trend is “games,” and hopefully the league and the National Basketball Players Association can address it.

“I’m not standing here saying that I have a good solution,” Silver said at a news conference in midtown Manhattan after a two-day meeting of the Board of Governors this week. “Part of the issue are injuries. We have focused on the league office and we are spending – we started spending a lot of time on pre-pandemic – are there things we can do in best practices, rehabilitation Sharing information, resources around the league for improvement?

“The other way we achieve this, in terms of player participation, is creating other incentives. Play-in tournaments, I thought, were a way to create new incentives for teams to stay competitive and fight for playoff position. That was the beginning. It can be through in-season tournaments and change in format where we can get it.”

Silver further said that a change in the schedule of 82 matches can also be considered. While he alluded to this in the earlier parts of his answer, he has done little to hide his desire on the creation of an in-season tournament, and also said on Wednesday that the way play-in tournaments have been played in the past He’s happy with it two seasons since it was introduced.

“I’ve also said in the past, if we have a lot of games, we should look at that as well,” Silver said. “It’s something, as we sit down and we’re looking at new media deals and a new collective bargaining agreement, we’ll study. There was no bang on the table or anything like that. From my discussions with the players , they agree that this is also an issue. The style of the game has changed in terms of the effect on their body. I think we have to continuously assess and look at the market going forward and say the best of what has to offer. What’s the best way for our product and how long for a season?”

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Bobby Marx and Ramona Shelburne reported over the weekend that Simmons has filed a complaint to challenge the nearly $20 million wage withheld by 76 people this season.

The complaint — which will now go to an arbitration process — between mental health matters and future issues of NBA contracts could have big league ramifications.

Silver said the league would not have a direct involvement in such arbitration, and that the league would remain on edge during litigation.

Other topics Silver touched on include:

* Silver said that, despite the recent passage of anti-LBGTQ legislation in Utah, the NBA has not discussed moving to next year’s All-Star Game, and does not anticipate doing so.

When asked what was the difference between this decision on a similar bill a few years ago and the decision to move the Charlotte All-Star Game, Silver said, “Every situation is unique. HB2 in 2017 and North Carolina In the US, we were working directly with the team there. We felt like there was an opportunity to have a direct impact on that law, working with the larger business community.

“It is our collective view that we can continue to operate in Utah, and clearly do not want to be in a situation where we are followed across the country from state to state,” he said. “Times have changed. There are different issues going on in the country now than in 2017. I personally do not like this trend. We as a league are also aware that we unite people instead of dividing them. Looking for opportunities to do.

“I’ll just say that I have a lot of respect for (jazz boss) Ryan Smith. I think he stood up against this bill. We’ve joined him in opposing this bill. But we too We want to be realistic, we can also influence in terms of. In the case of HB2 in North Carolina, I think it was our collective view, we were working with the Hornets, that we could influence that law. I think what’s happening in Utah right now, that bill has been established.”

* Asked whether there was an update on ESPN’s investigation into the conduct of Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver after last fall, Silver said there was none, and shared a timeline for when it would be completed. will not

“The investigation is ongoing,” Silver said. “I mean, this type of investigation takes a lot of time. You want to make sure that you gather all the facts and you also want to make sure that you protect the rights of the accused. That’s why we want to make a mistake. Being very complete. We are definitely closer to the end than the beginning, but it’s hard to put a precise timeline on it right now.”

When asked by former Dallas Mavericks general manager Donnie Nelson about the league’s involvement in the lawsuit filed against the team, he gave a similar answer.

“Our only involvement right now is to monitor the situation. Normally, as you can imagine, within an executive committee, we have a report from the council to our bosses,” he said. “But for the most part, our teams head to the league office to oversee the investigation, and it has always been that way.”

* As far as changes to the game are concerned, Silver reiterated that he is very pleased with the play-in tournament, and expects it to continue to be a part of the league going forward, although he said there will be some changes can be.

He also said that the idea of ​​eliminating “Take Four” – a foul given to deliberately stop the fast break before starting – could last until next season, although there are obstacles that remain before it can be changed. .

“It’s something that, as you know, we’re very focused and looking at making changes for next season,” Silver said, referring to the elimination of Take Foul. “We still have some work to do with our competition committee. We’ll be meeting with the board again in July, which would be a possible time to change that rule. But as we’re seeing a pretty dramatic increase in fouls, We don’t think it’s a big part of our game. International basketball has another way of approaching it, but it’s something that we would potentially like to change.”

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