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If NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s latest comments are any indication, it’s just a matter of time until the league gets rid of its controversial “one-and-done” rule, which stipulates that players must either be one year removed from high school graduation or at least 19 years of age to be eligible for the draft.

“My personal view is that we’re ready to make that change,” Silver said Tuesday in Las Vegas, according to the Associated Press’ Tim Reynolds.

“It won’t come immediately. But when I’ve weighed the pros and cons, given that Condoleezza Rice and her commission have recommended to the NBA that those one-and-done players now come directly into the league and in essence the college community is saying, ‘We do not want those players anymore,’ I think that tips the scale in my mind.”

The rule was instituted back in 2006, with Amir Johnson (2005) being the last player to make the jump beforehand. Other noteworthy names to have made the leap include Kevin Garnett (1995), Kobe Bryant (1996), Tracy McGrady (1997), and LeBron James (2003).

Michele Roberts, who was just re-elected for a second four-year term as executive director of the NBPA, said Tuesday she expects there to be an update on the status of the league’s age limit in “the next few months,” according to the Washington Post’s Tim Bontemps.

A memo was reportedly sent out by the NBA last month advising the league’s 30 teams that the one-and-done rule could be gone by 2021 or 2022, but no earlier.

While Silver is seemingly on board, such a move would need to be collectively agreed upon by both the players’ union and NBA owners.

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The NBA has extended the contract of commissioner Adam Silver for five years, a deal that will keep him in his current position through the 2023-24 season, the league announced Wednesday.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Silver, 56, took over as commissioner in 2014 after serving as deputy commissioner and chief operating officer under David Stern for eight years.

Over the life of his first contract at the helm of the NBA, he’s helped steer the league through a collective bargaining negotiation, signed a lucrative TV rights deal, helped spur the introduction of new revenue streams like on-jersey advertisements and legalized betting, and rid the Los Angeles Clippers of owner Donald Sterling, among other things.

 

Apologies to the commissioner, but if you’re looking to tinker with the playoff format, you won’t have LeBron’s support.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said switching to a top 16 team playoff format as opposed to relying on conference play has gained traction over the last few years. This could change seeding from the top eight in each respective conference to a format where the top 16 are ranked by record with the opportunity for two conference foes to meet in the Finals.

Unfortunately for Silver, Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James isn’t interested in seeing the league take that direction.

“I would disagree with that,” James told reporters. “I think our league has been built the right way when it comes to the postseason.

“It just changes the landscape of the history of the game if you start messing with seedings and playoffs … It’s cool to mess around with the All-Star Game. We’ve proven we could do that. But lets not get too crazy about the playoffs.”

The current playoff format arguably reduces the competition as the two best teams in the NBA don’t always necessarily meet in the Finals. But, as James argued, the proposed changes would alter the way the league has been built if either conference is unable to have a representative.

 

LeBron James and his NBA peers have the admiration of commissioner Adam Silver for continuing to use their considerable platform to make statements about political and social issues.

“I’m incredibly proud of our players for using the platform they have, as players in the NBA and on social media, to speak out on issues that are important to them,” Silver told reporters Saturday.

He’d been asked to address James and Kevin Durant‘s responses to FOX News host Laura Ingraham, who attacked them in an on-air segment for deigning to “run their mouths” about President Donald Trump, and suggested they should “shut up and dribble.”

James offered a response that was both pointed and good-natured, saying “we will definitely not shut up and dribble,” and finishing by expressing gratitude that “I get to sit up here and talk about social injustice, equality, and why a woman on a certain network decided to tell me to shut up and dribble. So thank you, whatever her name is. I don’t even know her name.”

“That was definitely an ignorant comment,” Durant said of Ingraham. “I do play basketball, but I am a civilian and I am a citizen of the United States, so my voice is just as loud as hers, I think – or even louder. … I don’t play basketball 24 hours a day. I live in this world, just like everybody else. I don’t get what she’s saying, but I know what she’s trying to say.”

Said Silver: “I was proud of LeBron and Kevin’s response to the comments that were made about them.”

He also addressed Ingraham’s insinuation that James and Durant don’t deserve the right to give political opinions because they don’t have college degrees.

“I think it’s incredibly unfair to them,” Silver said. “Just because they have enormous opportunity – in the way maybe Bill Gates did, or Mark Zuckerberg – to create enormous wealth for themselves and their families, certainly doesn’t mean that they don’t care about an education.”

“It’s not lost on me, or anybody in this room, that there’s a lot of racial tension in this country, and an enormous amount of social injustice,” Silver added. “And I do see a role for this league in addressing those issues.”

Basketball Hall of Famer Dan Issel has been named president of “NBA 2 Louisville,” an investment group seeking to bring an expansion team to Kentucky’s largest city.

“Commissioner (Adam) Silver said the NBA would be flattered that Louisville wanted a team,” Issel said, according to the Courier Journal’s Tim Sullivan. “He said right now there is no timetable for expansion. That will be their stance until they start accepting applications … if and when they accept applications, we want to be on the top of the pile.”

The NBA has not prioritized expansion, but there could be a market opening with Seattle filing NHL expansion papers this week after plans for a retrofitted arena were approved. The Pacific Northwest metropolis has been a candidate to bring a pro basketball team back since the Sonics left to become the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2008.

Louisville has long been a college basketball hotbed thanks to the success of the Cardinals‘ program, prior to recent turmoil. Issel was a college standout at Kentucky and a star – and later coach of – the Denver Nuggets.

Count Jay-Z among the fans of NBA commissioner Adam Silver.

The hip-hop mogul cited Silver’s leadership as one reason the NBA seems to provide more opportunities for players to be politically active than the NFL.

“It’s 12 people on a team. In football you have 53 people,” the rapper told the New York Times Magazine’s Dean Baquet. “So it’s harder to get 53 people thinking the same thing. It’s easier to have a conversation to get 12 people on the same page. Two, (the NBA has) a great commissioner who’s really open. And, you know, supports (the players).”

Silver’s stewardship of the NBA had an auspicious beginning in 2014 when he banned former Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life after decades of racism allegations came to a head in a leaked audiotape. Last year, the league stripped Charlotte of the 2017 All-Star weekend in the wake of North Carolina’s exclusionary HB2 law – with the event since restored for 2019 after the state made legal amendments.

“You feel like, you know, when you have someone behind you that really believes in what’s right, it motivates you to do the right thing,” Jay-Z said. “I think those two factors show why (the NBA is) much further along.”

While no NBA player has attempted to kneel during the national anthem, as widely seen in the NFL, Silver is on record saying he expects players to stand – a requirement that’s been in the league rules for decades.

Jay-Z once owned a tiny 0.15 percent of the Brooklyn Nets – something that reportedly spawned an NBA rule requiring a minimum ownership stake of 1 percent. His wife, Beyonce, was rumored as a potential buyer for her hometownHouston Rockets prior to Tilman Fertitta’s purchase of the team in September.

The NBA is reportedly set to announce the opening of a new development academy in Mexico City next month, according to a report by ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.

“NBA Academy Latin America” will be focused on youth development for local talent and could open the door to a G-League team or even NBA expansion down the road.

The NBA currently has six academies located in China, India, Australia, and Senegal. The elite training centers are viewed as a critical opportunity to increase the league’s profile and that of the sport as a whole in countries which lack the proper infrastructure for athlete development of homegrown talent.

Few North American metropolises can rival Mexico City’s sheer population. If basketball can begin to steal some of the spotlight from traditionally popular sports in Mexico, like soccer and baseball, it stands to reason the league would look to tap into that market on a permanent basis.

“In terms of a franchise here in Mexico City, it is something to look at,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said last January. “Obviously, it’s an incredible market with over 20 million people, the largest market in North America and, while we have no immediate plans to expand, one of the things that we look at, it’s whether expanding will be additive to the league as a whole and clearly coming to Mexico City, not just because the population of the city but as a gateway to the rest of Latin America could potentially be very important for the league.”

Since the 2014-15, the NBA has played four regular-season games in Mexico City. Next month, the Brooklyn Nets will play two games south of the border, taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder on Dec. 7 and the Miami Heat on Dec. 9.