Speaking before Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Commissioner Adam Silver said there have been no discussions with the National Basketball Players Association about changing the league’s policy regarding the national anthem, and said that the NFL is in a very different situation than the NBA when it comes to the rule.
In terms of the anthem policy, of course I’ve watched what the NFL has done, Silver said Thursday evening. I feel that they’re in a very different situation than the NBA is in. Of course, we’ve had a rule on our books that precedes David Stern. It was put in place by Larry O’Brien in the early ’80s.
From my standpoint, it’s been about respect — respect for the institution, respect for the fans, respect for the country that these players are playing in. In the case of the NBA, of course, 25 percent of our league is comprised of players who aren’t American. So it’s hard to say in the case of the NBA it’s about patriotism when a quarter of our players aren’t even American.
During the half-hour news conference, Silver also touched on a number of other issues, from the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers meeting for a fourth straight time in the NBA Finals, to gambling, to the possibility of a hard cap.
But given the events of the past few days, it wasn’t surprising that one of the first answers Silver gave was to a question about the status of the investigation into the possible links between Twitter accounts and Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo, an investigation the team announced Wednesday after the accounts came to light in a story published by The Ringer on Tuesday night.
We’re trying to get it out of them to understand, ‘Hey, you might not be a 60-snap-a-game guy. You might be a 15 snap-per-game guy, do the best job in your role and how you can help us win.’
Guenther was one of Jon Gruden’s first hires after being brought back for a second stint as coach in Oakland back in January and immediately given a tough task.
The Raiders defense has consistently been one of the league’s worst the past 15 years under coordinators Chuck Bresnahan, Rob Ryan, John Marshall, Jason Tarver, Ken Norton Jr. and John Pagano.
Oakland ranks last in the NFL in takeaways and points allowed in that span, second worst in yards allowed per game and third worst in sacks as the unit has struggled consistently from the front seven to the secondary.
Namath estimates that he suffered five concussions.