Adam Silver: NBA's Greatest Issue is Integrity of the Game

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This morning I was listening to 710 ESPN, and Mike and Mike interviewed Commissioner Silver. Although the first few minutes are discussing Donald Sterlings latest suit. I found the other topic discussed to be more important. After our embarrassing second round disaster many bitter fans began raising "conspiracy theories." Some of these included the more popular ones of: the refs decided the outcome of the series, and Commissioner Silver fixed the NBA so big market teams like Miami would win it all. Apparently, these misplaced "conspiracy theories" have come to Commissioner Silver's attention as well. In this interview....

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Some of the conspiracy theories are admittedly quite far out, but by listening to Silver you're only hearing one side.

For example, the league may not be incentivized by how many games are played in a series, but they ARE incentivized by viewing figures when bargaining with networks every time a national TV deal is renewed. I'll give him that they don't give a rat's arse about Miami as a team, but they DO want LeBron in the finals - whoever he plays for - because he is the most famous face in basketball today, admired and hated more than anybody else, and subsequently will bring in additional viewers to take joy in his successes AND his failures. The same goes for Kevin Durant as top scorer, MVP and LeBron's closest contemporary.

And while the fact that they review and change calls after the fact is admirable, I will not forgive them for backing up the game 5 refs on the Matt Barnes out-of-bounds call. If the refs couldn't tell on their little SD screens, fine, but it was the exact same call that they admitted was a mistake in game 1 against GSW and we got the raw end both times. They should have had the stones to man up and admit the mistake again. The fact that they didn't, to me, smacks of the league not wanting to admit that THEIR officials screwed up a call which defined (and likely decided) the entire series.

The very idea that a multi-billion dollar enterprise is relying on obsolete technology for it's "integrity" is ludicrous anyway. "NBA central" sounds like a good idea on several levels - not least the fact that officials can delay a game by 5 or 10 minutes to determine a call that viewers can make in 20 seconds - but I'll reserve judgement until I see it in action, and can tell whether having faceless individuals in a closed office in New York implementing the league's rules and policies (or politics?) is any better than the current system... or if it seems even more shady.

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Other teams have stars though. Our team in particular with just Griffin and Paul has experienced a huge surge in the fan base. I don't know the numbers but I'm quite confident that our fan base could result in a higher purchasing power and ratings than say OKC or San Antonio. In fact, I think if the league wanted a higher ratings bonanza or purchasing of product the finals would have been Clippers vs. Miami.

Paul and Griffin play an especially exciting brand of basketball, so I don't think the NBA would go out of their way to ruin this and try and set up a Durant vs. James rematch.

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That's all well and good for die-hard basketball fans, but they're looking to bring in casual fans for the playoffs and get them hooked, and despite their small market, Durant and Westbrook jerseys handily outsell Paul's and Griffin's. All-star voting is another good measure of the casual fan's awareness... Durant #1 in the west, CP3 didn't even get to start.

We may be getting there, but we're not NBA royalty yet.

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That's all well and good for die-hard basketball fans, but they're looking to bring in casual fans for the playoffs and get them hooked, and despite their small market, Durant and Westbrook jerseys handily outsell Paul's and Griffin's. We're getting there, but we're not NBA royalty yet.
The Thunder kind of remind me of a younger version of San Antonio. They have a pretty well rounded squad with relatively small egos. I'm not sure how the enitre sales are at the moment, but my wife and I have season tickets and every game we were surrounded by people....

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Attendance is completely irrelevant... all that money splits between team and arena. As for jersey sales, they're a very small portion of NBA income... I was just using them as an example of worldwide recognition and appeal of certain players, which would certainly figure into global television viewing numbers for a particular series. Like I said, we're getting there. We shoot lots of FT's and get lots of "superstar" calls compared to many other teams... but we're not up there among NBA royalty yet. You also have to realize that we are in Los Angeles... one of the most desirable tourist destinations on....

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I love the NBA, but after watching the NHL Playoffs and the Finals. NHL is great. Its so similar to basketball. That Dude JQuick is an animal ( not the one on this site lol....

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Attendance is completely irrelevant... all that money splits between team and arena. As for jersey sales, they're a very small portion of NBA income... I was just using them as an example of worldwide recognition and appeal of certain players, which would certainly figure into global television viewing numbers for a particular series. Like I said, we're getting there. We shoot lots of FT's and get lots of "superstar" calls compared to many other teams... but we're not up there among NBA royalty yet. You also have to realize that we are in Los Angeles... one of the most desirable tourist destinations on....

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The Kings have played amazing hockey. three series taken to seven games, all won, all on the road. they are the epitome of poise. this is what I had envisioned the clippers pulling off. hopefully one day the clippers can do what the kings are doing now

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Like many Angelenos, I am watching the Kings. But after all these games, I have to ask... What the hell is "icing?"

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That was ridiculous! The funniest part is that Rangers fans have been whining all series that the Kings have "just been lucky." The Rags got some of the flukiest puck luck I have ever seen last night. Refs let them get away with everything too.

Still though, that loss was deserved by us. You can't keep going down 2-0 and expecting to come back and win, and you can't spend all that time in NY's zone in the third period, put that much pressure on Lundqvist, and fail to come away with a goal or even an accurate shot on goal. If we want to hoist the Cup at Staples on Friday, we need another Game 3-style performance.

There's always room on the Kings' bandwagon, but you're a bit late, there's only a few games left. Smile

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Icing is when you clear the puck and it crosses both the red line and opponent's goal line. It's illegal unless you're shorthanded or the puck goes into the net (at which point it's a goal, obviously).

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To me, the greatest issue with the game is how soft it has become. Flopping is a direct result of this. When you give players an incentive to flop, they will do it. The softness of the league has not prevented injuries. Injuries will happen no matter how soft you try to make the game. There is no such thing as a good, hard foul on the ball anymore. It's sickening at times. Physical play is a part of the game.

The league should also institute a central replay booth where they instantly look at every call that's questionable and make the right call. Flopping and fouls should be reviewable. Anything should be reviewable as long as it's done in a timely manner as not to slow down the game. Some of the reviews by these refs take way too long.

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I also think teams should be given 3 instant replay calls per half, just like the NFL. And they should be able to review anything. That way, the right calls get made and the right team wins games.

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