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Sports NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on LeBron James' All-Star Game criticism, vaccines and returning to normal

03:26  07 march  2021
03:26  07 march  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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During his All - Star Game news conference, Adam Silver talked about criticism of the All - Star Game , diversity issues, vaccines and returning to normal . Silver said he did not take offense to Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James calling it a “slap in the face” for the NBA to hold an All - Star game during a compressed 72- game season just two months after the 2019-20 season ended on a quarantined site. “It would be incredibly hypocritical of me to tell LeBron you should speak out on issues that are important to you, but not ones when you are critical of the league,” Silver said.

On the eve of the 2021 NBA All - Star Game , league commissioner Adam Silver was asked about LeBron James ’ public opposition to the annual event. The Lakers star made the comments in early February, as the league was finalizing its plans for All - Star Weekend in Atlanta. James told reporters he didn’t understand why NBA officials were even considering going through with the mid-season game , before expressing frustration over the abbreviated offseason and the apparent disregard for potential health risks. “I have zero energy and zero excitement about an All - Star game this year

On Saturday of All-Star Weekend, NBA commissioner Adam Silver normally would be in a packed press conference room fielding questions from reporters from all over the world – in person.

But as we know, this is not a normal All-Star Weekend. Silver still took questions on Saturday from reporters from around the world but it was on Zoom, and Silver answered from an empty press room in Atlanta where All-Star events will take place on Sunday.

The skills competition and 3-point (6:30 p.m. ET, TNT) precedes the All-Star Game (8 p.m. TNT) with the slam dunk contest at halftime.

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LeBron James has been far from the only NBA player to criticize the NBA for holding All - Star Weekend amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but as the face of the league, his words spoke the loudest. In February, James said he had “zero energy and zero excitement” for the All - Star game , and called the decision to In a press conference this weekend, NBA commissioner Adam Silver responded to his criticisms . “It would be incredibly hypocritical of me to tell LeBron you should speak out on issues that are important to you, but not ones when you are critical of the league,” Silver said, per USA Today.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver has issued his response to LeBron James criticizing the league for holding the All - Star game this weekend. Last month, LeBron told reporters that he had “zero energy” and felt playing the All - Star game in the middle of a pandemic was a “slap in the face” to players. Silver went on to say that the NBA is justified playing in a pandemic because they were to operate in a mini bubble in Atlanta. The message within the NBA community is that we’ re going to be operating in a mini bubble,” Silver said in an interview with ESPN on Wednesday. “There will be no NBA functions

Here are some takeaways from Silver’s press conference in which he addressed the state of the league:

Responding to LeBron James' criticism about All-Star game

Silver said he did not take offense to Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James calling it a “slap in the face” for the NBA to hold an All-Star game during a compressed 72-game season just two months after the 2019-20 season ended on a quarantined site.

“It would be incredibly hypocritical of me to tell LeBron you should speak out on issues that are important to you, but not ones when you are critical of the league,” Silver said. “We’re all part of a community. I respect him and his point of view. But at the same time, I also appreciate his professionalism.”

James had said he has “zero energy and zero excitement about an All-Star game this year.” But becoming one of the All-Star captains after receiving the most fan votes, James appeared jovial during the draft that was televised on TNT last Thursday. James, who will make his 17th All-Star appearance on Sunday, bantered with opposing captain Kevin Durant and the TNT cast about his All-Star picks. James also defended he and Durant selecting Utah’s Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert with the last picks despite the Jazz holding the league’s best record.

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Commissioner Adam Silver addressed the issue in a Sportico roundtable on Tuesday. He said that the league is discussing the possibility of some players taking the vaccine publicly in an effort to advocate for its safety and efficacy. Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker advocated for the vaccine in December after seeing that James Hildreth — a leading immunologist and a Black man — sat on the FDA panel that voted in favor of approving the emergency rollout of the Pfizer vaccine . “There was an African American doctor that was in charge of the vaccine ,” Baker told reporters

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver stated recently that a decision on whether or not to accept the Coronavirus vaccine will be left up to the players, however some have noted that LeBron 's hesitancy could lead to further reluctance among the general public to take the vaccine . " In the African American community, there's been enormously disparate impact from Covid but now, somewhat perversely, there's been enormous resistance [to vaccinations ] in the African American community for understandable historical reasons," Silver said recently. Health experts have said that a widespread

“He did it in good humor and took it very seriously,” Silver said. “My sense is he’s going to be here as he always is as a top-notch professional and engaged in the game. So I respect his point of view, but it can be issues that can be worked out within the family, so to speak.”

James represented one of several NBA stars that questioned having an All-Star game. Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard and Paul George as well as Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox all criticized the logic behind having the All-Star game because of the safety concerns as well as the reduced time off during a compressed season.

But Silver defended the decision for a number of reasons. He predicted “over 100 million people” will watch the game through television or social media channels. He touted that the NBA All-Star Game will helping HBCUs with over $3 million in donations and exposure. And he downplayed the safety concerns since the NBA oversaw a bubble season with zero infections among players, coaches and staff members.

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver recently sat down with Yahoo News for a wide-ranging interview about the events that transpired that day, what went into his decision to halt play and what he’s learned since. The interview was part of an oral history of March 11, 2020, which you can read here. At least have some fans in their arenas, again, that depends on local ordinance and some NBA rules, depending on the jurisdiction, but I’m beginning to have a sense that things are returning to maybe a new normal .

a man holding a sign: SportsPulse: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addressed the media on the eve of the All-Star game and explained that economic interests were a factor when deciding whether or not to press forward. © Provided by USA TODAY SportsPulse: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addressed the media on the eve of the All-Star game and explained that economic interests were a factor when deciding whether or not to press forward.

“I haven’t made a secret that economic interests aren’t a factor,” Silver said. “When I say economic interests are a factor, it has less to do with the economics of one Sunday night on TNT in the United States. It has more to do with the larger brand value of the NBA and the fact that this is our No. 1 fan engagement event of the year.”

Silver optimistic most players will take COVID-19 vaccine

The NBA does not plan to require players to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Ultimately these are personal decisions that players need to make,” Silver said.

And yet….

“My hunch is that most players ultimately will choose to get vaccinated,” Silver said.

The reasons? One, the NBA has launched various promotional and educational efforts to inform the players about the effectiveness and safety of the COVID-19 vaccine. Two, Silver said vaccinated players will face fewer health and safety protocol restrictions than the ones that decline to take the vaccine.

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“The CDC has already announced when you get vaccinated, you don’t need to quarantine as a close contact. As you know, many of our players have had to sit out not because they tested positive but because they were required to quarantine because of a close contact,” Silver said. “In addition, right now as we operate under this so-called work quarantine protocol, where players are largely only going between their homes and the arenas, once they get vaccinated they’ll be able to do more in their communities. That’s something we’ve already begun talking to the Players Association about.”

Silver said “there is no player that I am aware of that has been vaccinated yet” partly because the NBA has refused to administer vaccines at the expense of essential workers, the elderly and the sick. But Silver said an unnamed number of coaches and staff members have received the vaccine because they fit the age criteria. Other team staff have received it because they are considered healthcare workers.

Regardless, Silver said he found it “realistic” to finish the second half of the NBA season and the playoffs without widespread vaccine distribution. The NBA has postponed 31 games thus far because teams did not field at least eight players due to a combination of positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing.

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“We know that for the most part a testing protocol, together with mask wearing and all of other precautions we’re taking, largely works," Silver said. "The NCAA Tournament is going to be played this year, again without vaccinations for their players. To me, we’ll make additional progress if players get vaccinated, but it certainly doesn’t require that they all get vaccinated."

Silver optimistic about normalcy for next season

Silver acknowledged financial losses have been substantial, but he remains bullish on the league’s long-term outlook. He’s encouraged by the possibility of increased attendance at games next season.

“Roughly half of our teams have fans in the arena right now, and if vaccines continue on the pace they are and they continue to be effective as they have been against the virus and its variants, we’re hopeful we’ll have relatively full arenas next season as well,” Silver said.

Silver said the plan is to start next season “as close to so-called normal as possible.”

This season, the playoffs are schedule to begin May 22 and end July 22 – just before the Tokyo Olympics. “We wanted those players who wanted to participate in the Olympics to do so, but in addition, we realized if we’re going to get back on cycle and the players were going to get the appropriate down time before the season began, we didn’t want to go deep into the summer or fall as we did last season,” Silver said.

In between, Silver also said it’s possible the league holds some kind of abbreviated Las Vegas Summer League, which was cancelled last year because of the pandemic, and/or minicamps for rookies and unsigned players trying to get a contract.

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"We know that the teams very much value it as an opportunity to see undrafted players and also to get some of the drafted players some time on the court," Silver said. "This is going to be a very difficult draft for our teams – abbreviated college season, not the same opportunity to scout and visit with players as they’ve had historically. I think we’re going to end up as some combination of maybe an abbreviated Summer League, mini-camps and other opportunities. … I’m increasing hopeful we’ll be able to put together some of those events."

No NBA logo change coming anytime soon

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving recently advocated changing the NBA logo to Kobe Bryant, and it generated some discussion.

Changing the logo – which has been in existence for 50 years and is recognized globally – isn’t happening any time soon.

“There are no ongoing discussions right now at the league office about changing the logo,” Silver said. “I certainly saw Kyrie Irving’s recent comments. Again, everything changes over time so nothing’s permanently fixed. But the logo is iconic. Even changing the logo, purely from a legal standpoint, isn’t an easy exercise, not that that should be the impediment.

"The suggestion that it should be Kobe Bryant gives me the opportunity to remind everyone that last year we named the All-Star trophy after Kobe Bryant, no doubt one of the greatest ever in this league. … It doesn’t feel to me this is the appropriate moment to be changing the logo."

While it’s not officially acknowledged that Jerry West is the logo, it’s clear it resembles West at the very least, and the designer has said he took inspiration from a West photo.

“(Jerry) still is thriving in our community,” Silver said, “and I know he’s so self-effacing and has said, ‘Please change it if that’s what people want to do.’ But it just doesn’t feel like the right moment to be thinking about that. It doesn’t mean we won’t turn back and look at it at some point.”

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Silver addresses league's diversity issues

For all the importance the NBA places on supporting and helping social justice causes, the league has fallen woefully short with its own business. Only seven out of 30 NBA teams have Black head coaches in a league that is comprised of about 74% Black players.

“It’s going to take certainly more than what we’re doing now,” Silver said. “We’ve made progress over the years. But we’re constantly looking at how we can do better.”

The Minnesota Timberwolves, which has the league's worst record (7-29), recently fired Ryan Saunders. They hired Toronto Raptors coach Chad Finch, who is white, instead of promoting Black assistant coach David Vanderpool and even having an open coaching search. One Black coach was hired mid-season in 2019-20 (New York Knicks’ David Fizdale), while three other Black coaches were not retained at the end of the season (Los Angeles Clippers’ Doc Rivers, New Orleans’ Alvin Genry and Indiana’s Nate McMillan). The Atlanta Hawks have recently fired Lloyd Pierce after finishing the first half of the season ranked 11th in the Eastern Conference (16-20).

Three Black assistant coaches were promoted to the head-coaching spot after a firing, including Atlanta’s McMillan, the Clippers’ Ty Lue and Cleveland’s J.B. Bickerstaff. The Houston Rockets also hired Stephen Silas after he served as a Dallas Mavericks assistant coach. But only three of eight head-coaching openings last summer were filled by Black coaches.

“I don’t think there are any quick fixes,” Silver said. “I think we want to appropriately respect everyone that is involved. There’s no coach that I know that wants to get hired based on their skin color, but they want a fair opportunity. Part of that is ensuring that we’re developing coaches appropriately in the pipeline and they’re getting the right opportunities to interview and the right opportunities to network as other coaches have historically done. I don’t doubt there’s more work to be done.”

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on LeBron James' All-Star Game criticism, vaccines and returning to normal

Still perfect: Team LeBron wins NBA All-Star Game 170-150 .
ATLANTA — In the midst of a pandemic, this was assured of being an NBA All-Star Game like no other. The stands were mostly empty. The crowd noise was largely piped in. There were no A-list celebrities sitting courtside. Two players had to sit out after getting haircuts. But in the end, it had a familiar feel. Team LeBron won again. Knocking down shots from all over the court, LeBron James' powerhouse squad closed the first half with a dominating run to set up a 170-150 romp over Team Durant in the league's 70th midseason showcase Sunday night. The top vote-getters in each conference have picked the teams the last four years, a duty that James has earned every season.

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