NBA commissioner Adam Silver held his de facto “State of the League” news conference Thursday before Game 1 of the Finals — in the Oakland A’s batting cages.
Oracle Arena lacks the space for a large news conference, so the NBA for the past two years has dressed up the batting cages at the neighboring O.co Coliseum for Silver’s address. And for the second consecutive year, Silver made it clear that the Warriors need a new arena.
“I’m not from the Bay Area, so I can’t speak to sort of the relative importance of the various cities out here,” Silver said. “All I can tell you is I’m very supportive of [owners] Joe [Lacob] and Peter [Guber] and [team president] Rick Welts and their desire to move the franchise to San Francisco. I’m pleased it would remain in the Bay Area. I know they’ve had fantastic support here from Oakland. I don’t think there’s any doubt that they need a new arena in this market. And again, the project has been presented to me several times in San Francisco, and it seems like it will be yet again the best of its kind. I’m very supportive of them doing it.”
Bulls’ Kris Dunn in Concussion Protocol After Hard Fall
Point guard Kris Dunn was re-evaluated for concussion symptoms and has been placed in the NBA concussion protocol, the Chicago Bulls announced Thursday.
Dunn will be out indefinitely and will not travel with the Bulls to Atlanta for their Saturday game. Dunn took a hard fall late in Wednesday night’s 119-112 loss to the Golden State Warriors, landing face first after a dunk.
Arron Afflalo Suspended Two Games for Throwing Punch
The NBA has suspended Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo for two games for throwing a punch at Minnesota Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica on Wednesday night, the league announced Thursday.
Afflalo will forfeit $32,119 in salary for the two games, at Cleveland on Thursday and at Boston on Sunday.
LeBron James, Steph Curry Selected as All-Star Team Captains
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry led All-Star voting in their respective conferences and will serve as the captains for the All-Star Game next month.
Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, Boston’s Kyrie Irving and Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan were also selected as starters from the Eastern Conference.
Source: Ian Begley of ESPN