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This is not David Stern's NBA anymore.
The old commissioner is out of sight and out of mind, but his successor has been keeping a relatively low profile.
Sooner or later, Adam Silver is going to put his imprint on the NBA ... it is just a matter of when.
Silver has said the NBA is exploring different changes in all facets of the game, and in this interview with 1280thezone in Salt Lake City, I make a recommendation on Silver's behalf: Let Eastern Conference teams play Western Conference teams in the postseason. Seeds the teams 1 through 16, with division winners getting the top six seeds, and then go bracket style to get a mix of East vs. East, West vs. West and East vs. West.
As of late the commisoner of the NBA, Adam Silver, has slapped a life time ban on Donald Sterling, as well as a $2.5 miliion penalty. Sterlin is the owner of the LA Clippers. Is this punishment just right for the rasicst billionair? Do you think there is anyway that he dodges this bullet? Can the NBA actually force Sterling to sell the team that he owns. Is is possibly wrong to punish someone for his personal opinion, when it was said in the comfort of his own home? I despise Sterling, but I would like to look at this situation from both sides. I encourage the public to weigh in.
Adam Silver said the NBA is "looking at everything" when it comes to making changes for the future. The first thing he needs to look at is changing the league's playoff format.
When spring arrives and there are eight first-round series, we can guarantee that four are going to be lousy unless they go seven games; and four are going to be so compelling that we'll all feel cheated if they don't go seven games.
Of course, we are talking about the Eastern Conference playoffs in the first reference; the West playoffs on second reference.
And this is going to be a major problem ratings-wise, because many folks on the East Coast simply do not have the luxury of staying awake until 1 a.m. or later to catch the good stuff.
How to fix it? Cross-seeding is my idea, allowing for West teams to play East teams in the playoffs. Seed the teams 1 through 16, and go the rest of the way as though it is the NCAA tourney.
Travis Rodgers of KLAA Radio in Los Angeles had an idea of his own, and we discussed those proposals and took a quick swing around the league in this interview from Monday morning. Enjoy.
All-Star Weekend is over, and the young kids -- John Wall and Kyrie Irving -- stole the spotlight from their older peers by winning the Slam Dunk title and the Al-Star MVP awards.
Thee other "young" guy on prominent display was Adam SIlver, the new commissioner, whose news conference Saturday evening was both balanced and boring.
We learned that Silver grew up a Knicks fan, has no plans to expand the league beyond its current 30 teams, and wants to have all of the league's teams to be profitable.
What is he going to do about the playoffs? That question went unasked and unanswered.
But rest assured, Silver will have a problem on his hands this spring when the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs will be a collective dud. And maybe the second round, too.
What can be done to remedy this situation? My answer comes in thios podcast with 95.7 The Game in San Francisco.
Chris Morrison and Marty Elm will discuss what it means for the NBA for Clippers owner Donald Sterling to receive a "lifetime ban." Also on the show: Earl Thomas gets a four-year contract extension with the Seahawks!
As usual, we'll discuss other sports topics that are trending online and in the national media. Of course, we'll also have Seattle-related topics since we're broadcasting from Washington!
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It's pretty simple - there's only 1 story anyone in the NBA, in sports even, have been talking about this past week. And that's Donald Sterlings comments and the punishment handed down by new Commisioner Adam Sliver.
Yes we will join the celebration of what is a big victory for all involved, but we will also explore some of the less considered side stories that have developed out of this situation.
We'll be joined by our 2 Los Angeles correspondents: Calvin Chamberlin of CLNS and Steve Perin of ClipsNation.com. We expect they will have a lot to say about the following:
-The Woman behind the recording? What's the deal?
-The Big Winners from this: Adam Silver, NBA Players, Fans, and Kevin Johnson
-What does this mean for scrunity of similar situations that will occur in the future? Private conversations? Investigations into other owners, players, etc.
And after all this.... we might just take a good hard look at one of the best 1st round of playoffs in the history of the league.
NBA Free Agency has been better than ever this summer. We've learned a lot about where superstar players, like Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Bosh are headed. We've also learned that players like Kevin Love, would love to play alongside another superstar caliber player.
We will discuss Pau Gasol's move to Chicago, Carmelo's decision to stay in New York, JR Smith's visit on ESPN First Take, and Chris Bosh/Dwayne Wade's decisions to stay put in Miami.
Jay Crawford of ESPN will join us to discuss Lebron's move back to Cleveland.
Brett Poirier of Sheridan Hoops will join us as well.
Also, Adam Silver looks for ways to improve the NBA?
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We are going to dicuss the possible Kevin Love trade being blocked? Or is it? Did T-Spence jinx it? Call in and take the floor tonight as well as let you the fans call in and dicuss about any rants you would like! The floor is yours for the next TWO hours on a special late night episode of NBA talk with T-Spence
Welcome to LL SPORTS 2! A sports show for everyone!! – but for the ladies, we'll get an opportunity each show to teach you some of the fundamentals of baseball, basketball or football. We promise to never answer your questions with "not right now, the game is on!" Donald Sterling meet NBA Commissioner Adam Silver! How do you feel about the punishment that was handed down? Do you see Sterling bowing out gracefully or going out swinging? Does Mrs Sterling have the right to retain her half of the ownership of the team? We discuss all of this, plus the Wednesday Wikipedia, the Ladies Learn Moment, your phone calls, comments, questions and much much more!! Join TJ & Tiff Wed. @8p est!
With the offseason all but finished, the SS&R crew takes a look at the moves the Lakers made--both on the roster and off of it--and gives their grades on just how the summer turned out for the Lake Show.
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Join host Gary Phillips of Double G Sports & Bleacher Report as "Touching Em' All with Gary Phillips" moves into its normal Monday time slot! Phillips will discuss the weekend in New York baseball and the NFL Hall of Fame ceremonies. He will also be joined by Bleacher Report NBA Featured Columnist Thomas Duffy, as the two will discuss the NBA and the affects of Paul George's devastating USA Basketball injury. Your are not going to want to miss "Touching Em' All with Gary Phillips" on August 4. Tune in and listen live at 11:00 p.m Eastern Standard Time!