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The Iowa Energy have named Nikki Gross as an assistant coach.
Gross will now become the only female assistant coach in the D-League as the opportunity for coaching positions across sports has started to open to more than just males. With the growing list of female coaches, it's great to see the D-League open its doors to Gross as change is making its way across the professional sports landscape. Jul 30 - 11:13 AM

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Adam Silver said the NBA is taking a look at taking an automatic playoff berth away from division winners.

While Silver said no decision has been made, it's starting to look like teams will need to finish within the top eight teams in their conference in order to make the playoffs. "Where we are leaning right now is that we would not guarantee a spot for a division winner in part because it's so unlikely to happen, and No. 2 if it does happen it would be potentially confusing to fans," Silver said. "No. 3, you would be displacing a team that did have a top-eight record."
Jul 23 - 10:25 AM

Adam Silver said on Tuesday that a "significant number of teams" are losing money.

"I don’t know the precise number and don’t want to get into it, but a significant number of teams are continuing to lose money and they continue to lose money because their expenses exceed their revenue," Silver said. Silver then cited the rising arena costs, increasing payrolls, higher bills for teams that repeatedly pay the luxury tax, smaller local television deals and the influx of self-funded practice facilities as the reason why teams are having difficulty turning a profit. This could potentially become an issue during the next CBA negotiations in 2016.
Jul 15 - 9:55 AM

NBA commissioner Adam Silver expects the Board of Governors to change the playoff format this summer, seeding teams 1-8 in each conference regardless of divisions.

This is a welcome change, rewarding overall records rather than giving teams in weak divisions an arbitrary advantage. The official vote is expected to take place in October, and the league may also implement a countdown clock to speed up breaks between quarters and during timeouts.
Jul 14 - 8:18 PM

The NBA salary cap will increase to $70 million for the 2015-16 season.

That's about a $3 million raise from the original cap projection, which won't affect what rosters look like for now. However, a few teams were in between the $67 million and $70 million range, so they could sign additional players going forward and not have to use any exceptions. What's more, the tax line is now at $84.7 million, so that will save owner Dan Gilbert millions of dollars for getting into the luxury tax. Plus, the higher cap should also give players a slight uptick in pay, especially max players.
Jul 8 - 8:15 PM

The NBA has formed a group that will be focused on injury prevention.

The committee will consist of 20-person strategic advisory board comprised of team physicians and clinical researchers from various fields, including orthopedics, sports medicine, radiology and epidemiology. They will look into NBA scheduling, as well as shortening of the regular-season. This injury prevention committee is the first partnership of its kind in the four major North American sports.
Source: ESPN
Jul 8 - 2:32 PM

Nike will make the official NBA uniforms starting in 2017-18.

It's an eight-year deal and Nike will take over for Adidas after a decade hiatus from making the official jerseys. Adidas and Reebok, bought by Adidas in 2006, have made all the official NBA jerseys since the 2004-05 season. Nike already has a stranglehold on the basketball shoe market and it'll likely get stronger with this deal because they will have their logo on the jerseys. They also make the NFL's official jersey, but hopefully their NBA jerseys won't have sleeves.
Source: Nike.com
Jun 10 - 4:42 PM

Following the news that Kyrie Irving (knee) will miss the rest of the NBA Finals, Adam Silver said that the NBA is focused on looking at ways to prevent injuries.

"You never like to see injuries, especially at this level, and right in the middle of our highest-profile series," Silver said in regards to Irving. "Whether or not there's more we can do to prevent injuries is something we're very focused on. It's always been part of the game — injuries happen, and they happen to high-profile players, they happen to guys who aren't so high profile. Whether there's better training practices, whether through better analytics, we can get a sense of what precise movements lead to injuries, whether it's a function of the schedule are all things that we're (looking at)." The NBA has already talked about limiting the amount of back-to-back sets in a season as well as shortening the preseason, so Silver seems committed to making some changes over the next few years.
Source: USA Today
Jun 6 - 11:51 AM

Adam Silver said the NBA is taking a "close look" at ending the division-based playoff seeding.

It could happen "fairly soon" and Silver also mentioned this in previous statements. If the NBA had changed the seeding this year, the Clippers would have played the Blazers, and not the Spurs in the first round.
Jun 4 - 8:36 PM

The NBA determined that it won't move up the NBA Finals and it will start on June 4, as expected.

It would have been nice to have less than a week off, but that's where we could be headed with two sweeps. The Warriors are likely going to host the Cavs for Game 1 on June 4, assuming the Rockets or Hawks don't become the first team to overcome a 3-0 deficit.
May 25 - 5:34 PM

There is a rumor out there that if both the Warriors and Cavs sweep their Conference Finals series, the Finals may be moved up to June 2.

If both the Warriors and Cavaliers sweep, NBA fans would be without basketball for nine days based on the current scheduling. It needs to be noted that on the official NBA website, it explicitly states the Finals will not be moved up, but as Kevin Garnett would bellow from the depths of his lungs, anything is possible.
May 24 - 3:37 PM

There was no consensus among NBA general mangers in Wednesday's meeting in Chicago to change the rules which would discourage teams from intentionally fouling poor free-throw shooters.

Originally known as the Hack-a-Shaq strategy, this has become a major issue in the NBA and there are many people calling for a rule change. Players such as DeAndre Jordan and Dwight Howard are frequently targeted by opposing teams, but the league appears to be split on the issue. This debate will likely linger into the offseason, and we will be sure to pass along any additional details. For obvious reasons, Jordan and Howard's fantasy value would see a bump if any changes were made to this rule.
Source: CBS Sports
May 13 - 1:44 PM

Adam Silver said the NBA will discuss banning the Hack-a-Whoever strategy.

"It's something that I'm on the fence about," Silver said. "My thought used to be that we should definitely change the rule, and then having sat through several general managers meetings, competition meetings and having heard from some of the game's very best, the view is the players should hit their free throws. That's changed my view a little bit." Silver adds the Hack-a-Guy stuff isn't as entertaining and he said the owners will need a "super majority" to make the change.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 25 - 3:10 PM

The NBA could move up the start of the season in 2016-17 to help with scheduling issue.

The league would like to cut back on the back-to-back sets and four games in five nights. Obviously, this past season was out of control with all the players resting in road games in back-to-back sets. Hopefully, the adjustment comes in 2015-16.
Apr 17 - 3:31 PM

The NBA will begin HGH (Human Growth Hormone) testing on players next season.

The testing will begin during the 2015 training camps, and all NBA players will be subject to three random HGH tests annually (two in-season tests, and one offseason test), as well as being subject to "reasonable cause" testing. The first violation will result in a 20 game suspension, the second in a 45 game suspension, and a third positive test will result in a dismissal from the league.
Apr 16 - 4:36 PM

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