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Adam Silver Explores Incentives to Deter Load Management

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Adam Silver: "Players understand, it's a business too. They're entertainers. Yes, people who are rooting for a team want that team to optimize that player on the floor, and not overdo it. But at the same time, players are paid an enormous amount of money to play this game. It's a little out of skew right now, there's no question. We are looking at what it is we need to do working with the Player's Association to create greater incentives for guys to play a full complement of games, but not push to that point where as maybe happened in the old days, where guys truly felt they needed to play through actual injuries and maybe shorten their careers from it."
Dan Patrick: "What about minimum games to be eligible for postseason honors? Even 1st team, 2nd team, 3rd team All-NBA?"
Adam Silver: "I think that's a good idea. I think that's something we should look at. I think that would be a way to incentivize guys. I think it's a good suggestion. We are going to be going in to collective bargaining fairly soon, and my sense is that it's something that in the aggregate most players would think is a good idea too."

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver joins The Dan Patrick Show! Commissioner Silver discusses the current issues load management presents for the NBA and explores potential methods of incentivizing teams from sitting healthy players on a given night. Commissioner Silver also breaks down the current playoff format, talks about potential expansion, and shares some interesting moments he has shared with Michael Jordan in his career.