The NBA's Board of Governors convened in midtown Manhattan for spring meetings this week, and commissioner Adam Silver addressed the media Friday to discuss the points of emphasis from the session.
Chief among the hot-button issues was the potential for a future NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Although the Charlotte Hornets and Spectrum Center had previously been awarded the 2017 showcase, the NBA made an announcement last July confirming it was moving the exhibition due to the state's controversial "bathroom bill."
Silver also said "the NBA hopes that continuing to work" with and in the state of North Carolina will help to promote LGBT rights, per Beck.
Once the press conference concluded, the Hornets released a statement regarding their eligibility, per USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt:
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Charlotte Hornets statement on strong possibility of hosting 2019 NBA All-Star Game: https://t.co/t0QGHQKOm74/7/2017, 8:02:14 PM
The topic of resting stars—which has emerged as a controversial topic after the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers opted not to play their biggest names in nationally televised games on ABC last month—was also discussed in the meetings.
According to the New York Daily News' Frank Isola, Silver said the league hopes to "eliminate" teams playing four games in five nights to help ease the burden on stars and coaches.
Silver later noted the reason the NBA opted to add an extra week to the start of the upcoming season was in hopes of eliminating four games in five nights and reducing the number of back-to-backs, per Zillgitt.
And while players will inevitably be given nights off, Beck reported that Silver said owners agreed teams should avoid resting multiple players for games that are nationally televised. Furthermore, Silver emphasized there is a preference for teams to rest players during home games—which would prevent disappointment from fans who paid to see their favorite visiting stars.
However, there doesn't appear to be any traction toward a regular season with fewer than 82 games.
According to Beck, Silver said there was "there was no discussion of reducing number of games" and "no hard data to suggest it would help" when it comes to the issue of rest and player health.