After the latest Adam Silver press conference, we've still got pressing questions
Trade demands, Eric Lewis' sudden resignation from the officiating staff, Giannis Antetokounmpo's future and the sudden demise of Winning Time are all covered in the latest Monday Musings. And more!
NBA commissioner Adam Silver fielded 12 questions from the assembled media last week when he spoke to reporters in New York City after the league's annual September Board of Governors session.
Five of the 12 questions were focused on the new Player Participation Policy that the NBA's 30 teams had voted on earlier that day.
Mark it down as a handy coincidence for Silver. The new PPP measures are unlikely to dramatically curb the scourge that is Load Management — even Silver himself said that "at least initially we're taking a somewhat light touch here" — but they were apparently newsy enough to captivate assembled reporters. That’s even though the cynics among us (like me) would suggest that the NBA putting such an overt focus on the issue is a wise campaign for the league to launch just as negotiations on a new national media rights contract are about to be ramped up with broadcast partners old and new.
The vote and the various curiosities it spawned, irrespective of what I think, not surprisingly dominated the Q & A session with The Commish, which helped run out the clock before other meaningful topics could be introduced.
There were indeed questions posed Wednesday by various media members, beyond those aforementioned five, about the sale status of the Portland Trail Blazers, Kevin Porter Jr.'s Sept. 11 arrest for an alleged assault on his girlfriend, New York's recent lawsuit filed against the Toronto Raptors, Leon Rose's habitual refusal to address the news media despite his role as the Knicks' lead front office decision-maker and the forthcoming in-season tournament.
The session then closed with a two-pronged query about Phoenix's apparent luxury-tax-be-damned assembly of a Superteam and the recent trade demands lodged by Philadelphia's James Harden and Portland's Damian Lillard.
Time, though, sadly expired before two topics could be broached that, on this scorecard, were must-broach:
1. What was the specific reasoning behind the league office's recent assessment of a $100,000 fine to Harden and where do things stand with Harden's reported intent to appeal the fine with help from the National Basketball Players Association?
2. What the heck happened with the sudden retirement of veteran referee Eric Lewis?