Adam Silver understands Kevin Durant criticism but defends Warriors
NBA commissioner Adam Silver defended the Golden State Warriors amid widespread criticism of how an already-championship-caliber team could sign Kevin Durant. However, while Silver stressed the Warriors played by the rules, he hinted the NBA conceivably could revisit such issues at some point down the road.
“I get it in terms of Kevin Durant going (to the Warriors in 2016),” Silver said Wednesday during an appearance on ESPN Radio’s Golic and Wingo show when asked about the NBA’s lack of parity. “It was a bit of an aberration in our system, we had a spike in our cap, it enabled them to have additional cap room. The Warriors will tell you they would have figured out a way to get it done anyway.”
Silver opted to redirect the narrative about the Warriors winning consecutive championships with Durant, framing it another manner.
“I’ve said repeatedly, let’s also celebrate excellence,” Silver said. “Ownership, the job Bob Myers has done as a GM, Steve Kerr of course, one of the great coaches in our league. Steph Curry, drafted; Klay Thompson, drafted; Draymond Green drafted 35th by Golden State Warriors.”
Silver noted the league is not inclined “to go about breaking up teams just to break them up,” although the issue could be a point of contention when the current collective bargaining agreement ends after the 2023-24 season (although both sides could opt out after the 2022-23 season).
Interestingly, Silver noted how the league’s other teams often complain about how the Warriors and Cavaliers have met in four consecutive NBA Finals.
“Ultimately, collectively our 30 teams are in charge with what system we have, along with the players,” Silver said. “And by the way, the players on 29 other teams want a system regardless of where they are drafted or where they sign to be able to compete for championships and that’s what you want.”
Silver often demonstrates a remarkable pragmatism when it comes to confronting issues within the NBA. While the case can be made that a perceived lack of parity is not a great thing, the NBA is incredibly popular despite it.