Adam Silver Discusses LeBron James, State of NBA at Pre-Finals Press Conference

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJune 2, 2017

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver addressed the state of the league Thursday at a meeting with the media before Game 1 of the Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, and he spoke briefly about the racist graffiti that was found on the front gate of LeBron James' Los Angeles home Wednesday.

"It's a sad state of affairs," Silver said of the incident, according to ESPN's J.A. Adande

Silver also referred to the vandalism as a "horrific incident," per Adande. 

Elsewhere on Thursday, Silver discussed the NBA's age limit at length in an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd and said the league is "rethinking" the one-and-done rule. 

"My sense is it's not working for anyone," Silver said of the 19-year-old age limit, according to the Los Angeles TimesTania Ganguli

However, Washington Post's Tim Bontemps noted change doesn't appear imminent since Silver said discussions about changing the "one-and-done" rule will continue through next season. 

On the draft lottery front, Silver said teams resting players late in the season to accrue more ping pong balls "drives me crazy," according to ESPN's Rachel Nichols

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The issue of parity—or the lack thereof—was also mentioned during Silver's media availability, but he didn't express a particular concern with the Warriors and Cavaliers duking it out in the Finals for the third straight season. 

"This is real life," he said, per the Boston Globe's Gary Washburn. "It's not scripted. It happens. It will work itself out."

NBA TV relayed Silver's complete remarks on the matter: 

Finally, the commissioner was pressed on the issue of rest, specifically as it relates to teams sitting star players for road games. 

According to ESPN's Tom Haberstroh, Silver said the league is amendable to the idea of adding extra weeks to the regular season to provide players with more rest, but that he doesn't want the playoffs to run well into the summer. 

"My desire is to not be giving this press conference in July," he said, per Sportsnet's Michael Grange. 

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