NBA Commissioner Adam Silver focused on examining “the trend of star players not participating in a full range of games”

NEW YORK – NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Wednesday that while there was no definitive discussion of the impending arbitration between Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers, he said his biggest concern is moving forward “in the direction of star players who don’t participate in a full range of games.” He hopes the NBA and NBA can address it.

“I’m not standing here to say I have a great solution,” Silver said at a press conference here in midtown Manhattan following this week’s two-day Board of Governors meeting. “Part of the problem is injuries. One of the things that we focused on in the league office as we spend – we’re starting to spend a lot of time in the pre-pandemic phase – are there things we can do in terms of sharing information and resources around the league to improve best practice and rehabilitation?

“The other way we can get there, in terms of player participation, is to create other incentives. I think the Play-In tournament, it was the beginning of creating renewed incentives for teams to stay competitive and fight for play-off position. It could be through in-season tournaments and changes in Figure where we can get it.”

Silver went on to say that there is a possibility to consider changing the 82-game schedule. While hinting at him in earlier parts of his answer, he didn’t do much to disguise his desire to create an in-season championship, and on Wednesday also said he was pleased with the way the playing cycle has played out over the past two seasons since his introduction.

“I’ve also said in the past, if we have a lot of games, that’s something we should look at as well,” Silver said. “It’s something, as we sit and look at new media deals and look at a new collective bargaining agreement, we’ll study. There hasn’t been any noise at the table or anything like that. From my discussions with the players, they realize it’s a problem as well. The style of the game has changed from Where is the effect on their bodies. I think we have to constantly evaluate and look at the market going forward and say, what is the best way to present our product and how long is the season?”

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Bobby Marks and Ramona Shelburne reported over the weekend that Simmons filed a complaint challenging the nearly $20 million salary withheld for him by the 76ers this season.

The complaint – which will now move to the arbitration process – could have larger ramifications in the league amid future mental health issues and NBA contracts.

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

Other topics that Silver has touched upon include:

*Silver said that despite recently passed anti-LBGTQ legislation in Utah, the National Basketball Association has not discussed moving the All-Star Game next year, nor does it expect to do so.

When asked about the difference between that decision and the decision to move a Charlotte All-Star game a few years ago on a similar bill, Silver said, “Every situation is unique. In the case of 2017 and HB2 in North Carolina, we were working directly with the team there. And it seemed to us that there was an opportunity. To directly influence this law, and work with the larger business community.

“Our collective view is that we can continue to operate in Utah, and frankly we don’t want to be in a situation where we are being chased from state to state across the country,” he said. “Times have changed. There are different issues happening in the country now than in 2017. Personally, I don’t like this trend. We also keep in mind as an association that we are looking for opportunities to unite people rather than divide them.

“I would just say I have great respect for (jazz owner) Ryan Smith. I think he stood against this bill. We joined him in opposing this bill. But we also want to be realistic, too, in terms of the impact we can have. The case of HB2 in North Carolina, I think it was our collective view, we’re working with the Hornets, that we could have an impact on this legislation. I think in the event that what happens in Utah right now, that law was created.”

* When asked if there was an update in the investigation into the behavior of Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver after the ESPN investigation last fall, Silver said there was no update, and would not share a timeline of when it might be completed.

“The investigation is underway,” Silver said. “I mean, this kind of investigation takes a lot of time. You want to make sure you collect all the facts and you also want to make sure the rights of the accused are protected. So we want to err on the side of it being too complete. We are definitely closer to the end than the beginning, but it’s hard to make a schedule Accurate time on it now.”

He gave a similar answer when asked about the league’s involvement in the lawsuit brought by the former Dallas Mavericks general manager against the team.

“Our only involvement now is to monitor the situation. In general, as you might imagine, there is a report from the council to our owners,” he said. “But for the most part, our teams leave to the league’s office to oversee investigations, and that has always been the case.”

*In terms of tweaking the game itself, Silver reiterated that he is very happy with the tournament play and expects you to remain a part of the league going forward, although he said some tweaks could be made to it.

He also added that the idea of ​​eliminating “take fours” – a foul given for deliberately stopping quick breaks before they even started – could happen as soon as next season, although there are still hurdles before they can be changed.

“That’s one thing, you know, we’re very focused and thinking about making a change for next season,” Silver said, referring to the bug’s elimination. “We still have some work to do with our competition committee. We’ll meet with the board again in July, which is a potential time to change that rule. But since we’re seeing sort of a huge increase in errors, we don’t think it’s a huge part of Our game. International basketball has another way to get into it, but that’s something we’d likely want to adjust.”