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Tuesday NBA grades: Adam Silver gets the highest marks

Apr 30, 2014, 4:50 AM EDT

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Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while watching the Jimmy Fallon/Emma Stone lip synch battle….

source:  Adam Silver, NBA Commissioner. He aced his first test. With players ready to mutiny and sponsors pulling out, Silver came in and dropped the hammer on Clippers owner Donald Sterling — a lifetime ban, a $2.5 million fine and the league will try and force Sterling to sell the team. Silver stood up to Sterling and basically said “if you want a legal fight, bring it on.” That’s something David Stern never did with Sterling. Bravo Adam Silver, bravo.

source:   Nene, Washington Wizards. He was back from his one-game suspension and he was back to making life miserable for Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah — Nene was 7-of-13 from the midrange, 3-of-4 in the paint and put up 20 points to help lead the Wizards to a win over the Bulls, and into the second round. Check out his shot chart.


With Nene the Wizards defense improves, their offense becomes more fluid and confident. I look at that Pacers/Hawks series and think we are likely to see the Wizards in the Eastern Conference Finals.

source:  Mike Miller, Memphis Grizzlies. Memphis was putting up points on the Thunder surprisingly easily in the first half (the Grizzlies played more quickly and that allowed them to get deeper into sets, which led to defensive breakdowns and good looks). But when the second half rolled around a desperate Thunder team cranked up their defense. That’s where Miller comes in — he had 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and overtime. He hit big threes in overtime when the team needed him most. He was a huge boost to them and a key reason the Grizzlies are up 3-2.

source:  DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers. That is the DeAndre Jordan we have been waiting for. All series the Warriors have had some success going small against the Clippers so Warriors coach Mark Jackson started that lineup the last couple games, with David Lee at the five and Draymond Green at the four. Tuesday night Jordan made the Warriors pay for that — 25 points, 18 rebounds and four blocks. That is the Jordan the Clippers need to contend.

  1. ranfan12 - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:44 AM

    That’s what I’m talking about right there. Silver’s the man!

  2. flickflint - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:50 AM

    Wasn’t Silver’s first test the Jason Collins deal? Or did people forget

    • bougin89 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:44 AM

      What did Silver actually do for Jason Collins? That’s more on the Nets organization for giving Collins an opportunity than anything else.

      • bougin89 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:44 AM

        ^^that came out kind of weird. It’s a great thing that Collins was able to sign for the Nets. I didn’t mean to sound like it wasn’t.

  3. prareedoggin - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    Mike Miller!!!!!!!! Miss him already

  4. davidly - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    I dunno, but it seems kinda telling that the only guy ever to garner a + to complement his A is the grand dragon.

  5. zebra1020 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Silver deserves some kudos, but please understand that this was nearly a no-brainer. No substantial business should have an owner/manager (who makes hiring & firing decisions) in place who holds such hideous views of potential or actual employees based on indisputably immutable characteristics like race. But when your business is extremely high profile and incredibly profitable largley because of employees with those immutable chacteristics, and those employees know that the value of business will fall drastically without them, it is fiscally implausible to keep that owner/manager in place. Any sensible CEO, Board of Directors, or shareholder group would have made the same decision. But credit to Silver to doing it fairly quickly and with strength, as doing the right thing and the smart thing isn’t always as easy as it should be.

  6. zebra1020 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Also, a time table for the ouster process would have been even better. But if the owners don’t get it done as expected, they can expect strong action from the players union and/or the fans who are willing to say” enough is enough!”

  7. thenew013 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Silver just did what everybody was telling him to. If he had tried to make a case for the poor old man he would probably be leaving the league with him. Or the players would go on strike…regardless I don’t think he made a very tough decision at all.

  8. djigel - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    What I have the big problem with is that Stern, Silver, and the League has known about Sterling’s racism for years now and chosen to do nothing about it. He has cases on file with the DOJ detailing unfair housing practices in the mid-2000s. That, was no big deal. Sterling says racist remarks and everyone is up in arms. It was not, and should not, be a secret that the man was a racist, but his ownership had never been called into question. When he was asked about it at his presser, he skirted the question (kudos to that reporter by the way).

    Facing a possible league-wide boycott, player walk-outs, etc – Silver did the only thing that he could do and made a strong statement (one which the league had failed to make for almost ten years running). So, giving Silver an “A+” for being a great human being is ridiculous and implying that on some level the NBA has a deep concern about racism would be unrealistic as well…. Giving him an “A+” for being an intelligent and business-saavy man who protected his company via a public statement is more accurate. He wasn’t tested either… he simply had no choice…. it was like getting a test, with the answer, and having to circle one line that is on the paper. We’d all get an “A+”

  9. billy38201 - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    I don’t know. it would seem more plausible that the league was just looking for a way to get rid of a know racist than these comments alone being enough to essentially rally together the entire basketball community together to kick the guy out? To me it doesn’t add up. There has to be something more than we know going on.

  10. jerdogthompson - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    DJ was a beast last night, the Warriors truly don’t stand a chance when he’s on (quite frankly they don’t stand a chance when he’s just average) I look for the Clippers to close out in Oakland and wait for the winner of OKC & grizzlies.

    I would prefer Memphis as a thorough thrashing of them would silence every naysayer in the league. This is not the same Clipper team that faced Memphis last year.


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