Adam Silver, head of the NBA, focused on the “tendency of star players not to participate in all games”

NEW YORK – NBA chief executive Adam Silver said on Wednesday that while there was no particular discussion about the impending arbitration between Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers, he said his greater concern with ongoing developments was “the tendency for star players not to participate fully. team. games, “and hopes that the league and the National Association of Basketball Players can address it.

“I do not stand here and say I have a great solution,” Silver told a news conference in downtown Manhattan following a two-day cabinet meeting this week. “Part of the problem is injury. One of the things we’re focused on in the ward office and we’re spending – we’d spent a lot of time on the epidemic – are things we can do in terms of sharing information, resources about the ward. to improve best practices, rehabilitation?

“The other way we can find, in terms of player participation, is to create other incentives. The tournament, I thought, would be the beginning of creating renewed incentives for teams to stay competitive and fight for a place in the finals. be through a seasonal tournament and a format change where we can achieve that. “

Silver went on to say that there was even a possibility of looking at changes to the 82-game schedule. Although he has hinted at this in the previous chapters of his response, he has done little to hide his desire to start a season, and also said on Wednesday that he was pleased with how the tournament has played out recently. two seasons since it was introduced.

“I’ve also said before, if we have too many games, we should look at that too,” said Silver. “It’s something where we sit down and look at new media contracts and look at a new wage agreement, we’ll learn. There was nothing knocked on the table or anything like that. From my discussions with the players, they admit that this is also a problem. Style “The game has changed in terms of the impact on their bodies. I think we have to constantly evaluate and look at marketplaces in the future and say, what is the best way to promote our product and for how long?”

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Bobby Marks and Ramona Shelburne reported over the weekend that Simmons had filed a lawsuit to protest the nearly $ 20 million in salary that the 76ers are keeping for him this season.

The complaint – which will now go to arbitration – could have a bigger divisional impact on future mental health issues and NBA agreements.

Silver said the league would not be directly involved in such arbitration and that the league would remain on the sidelines during litigation.

Other topics that Silver covered included:

* Silver said that although legislation against LBGTQ was recently passed in Utah, the NBA has not discussed moving to next year’s All-Star Game and does not expect that.

When asked what the difference was between this decision and the decision to move the Charlotte All-Star Game over a similar bill a few years ago, Silver said: “Every situation is unique. In the case of 2017 and HB2 in North Carolina, we were working directly with the team. there seemed to us to be an opportunity to have a direct impact on those laws, working with a larger economy.

“It is our common belief that we can continue to operate in Utah and we honestly do not want to be in a position to be pursued from state to state across the country,” he said. “Times have changed. There are other issues going on in the country now than there were in 2017. I personally do not like the development. We are also aware as a department that we are looking for opportunities to unite people rather than divide them.

“I would just say that I have a lot of respect for (Jazz owner) Ryan Smith. I think he opposed this bill. We have joined him and opposed this bill. But we also want to be realistic about the impact we can have. In the case of HB2 in North Carolina, I think it was our common view, we work with the Hornets, that we could influence that legislation. I think in the case of what’s happening in Utah right now, that bill is set. “

When Silver was asked if there was an update on the investigation into the behavior of Robert Sarver, owner of the Phoenix Suns, following ESPN’s investigation last fall, Silver said it did not exist and would not share a timeline of when it would be completed.

“The investigation is ongoing,” Silver said. “I mean, this kind of research takes a very long time. You want to make sure you gather all the facts and you also want to make sure you protect the rights of the accused. So we want to err on the side of being very complete. We are certainly closer to the end than the beginning, but that it’s hard to put an exact timeline on that right now. “

He gave a similar answer when asked about the department’s involvement in the lawsuit filed by Donnie Nelson, the former general manager of the Dallas Mavericks, against the team.

“Our only involvement right now is to monitor the situation. In general, as you can imagine, within the executive committee, the council’s report is to our owners,” he said. “But for the most part, our teams go to the branch office to oversee the research, and that’s always the case.”

* As for the game itself, Silver reiterated that he was very happy with the tournament and expects it to remain part of the league, although he said it might be possible to make some adjustments.

He also added that the idea of ​​eliminating “take four” – an error given to intentionally stop fast breaks before they start – could happen next season, although there are obstacles left before it can be changed.

“This is something, as you know, we are very focused on and considering changing for the next season,” Silver said, referring to eliminating the error. “We still have to work with our competition committee. We will meet the board again in July, which would be a possible time to change that rule. But since we are seeing a pretty spectacular increase in errors, we do not think this is a big part. “International basketball has another way to achieve this, but it’s something we might want to fix.”

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