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Adam Silver May Want to Turn that Frown Upside-Down

Adam Silver May Want to Turn that Frown Upside-Down

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Player empowerment has created a different NBA than the one your uncle or even older sibling grew up experiencing. Like everything, there are positive and negative elements to adjust to as the ecosystem continues to take shape. Kevin Durant, perpetually at the center of rumors and innuendo, reportedly recently requested a trade away from the Brooklyn Nets — as soon as Kyrie Irving signed on the dotted line. Wonder if those two events are related.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver offered his thoughts on the situation yesterday and, unsurprisingly, came with the exact viewpoint one would expect from someone paid to speak for the owners.

“I don’t know whether he requested a trade or demanded one, frankly, he said. “This needs to be a two-way street. Teams provide enormous security and guarantees to players, and the expectation in return is that they’ll meet their end of the bargain.

“I’m realistic that there’s always conversations going on behind closed doors between players and their representatives and the teams. But we don’t like to see players requesting trades, and we don’t like to see it playing out the way it is.”

Let’s concede some points before making our own. First, it’s not the best fan experience for a superstar to come to town to immediately solve a leveraged future, then complain and burn bridges at every turn, leaving wreckage for ownership to clean up. Second, of course owners don’t like being told what to do as it’s tough to become an NBA owner while doing someone else’s bidding. Third, it’s tough to attract new fans in markets perpetually either ignored or spurned by the game’s biggest stars.

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