NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the player rest issue that plagued the 2016-17 campaign has been recognized by the league’s owners as “inevitable,” but he is still seeking alternative solutions to the problem. Speaking to the media at his annual news conference before Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Silver rejected the idea of expanding the regular-season schedule beyond the additional week that has been planned for the 2017-18 season but said the league could reduce the amount of back-to-back games teams play by working with the host venues.
“(We are) requiring our arenas to free up more dates,” Silver said Thursday. “We’re competing against everything else that happens in these buildings, so you can only imagine the number of permutations that go into the computer program. But if we can ask them to hold yet additional nights, that also enables us to create more space between the games.”
Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN
Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell Headline All Rookie Team
Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons and Utah’s Donovan Mitchell are unanimous selections to the NBA’s All-Rookie team. The two guards received all 100 first-place votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters. Both players helped their teams reach the second round of the playoffs.
Boston’s Jayson Tatum also was selected Tuesday to the first team, falling one vote short of unanimous. Simmons, Mitchell and Tatum are the three finalists for the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award.
Iguodala (Leg) Sits Out Warriors Game 4 Loss
Though the Golden State Warriors had upgraded Andre Iguodala to questionable from doubtful earlier Tuesday, the veteran missed his team’s 95-92 Game 4 loss to the Houston Rockets.
Iguodala sat out because of a bruise on his lower left leg, suffered when he banged knees with James Harden in Game 3.
Report: Warriors List Andre Iguodala Doubtful for Game 4
The Golden State Warriors have listed Andre Iguodala as doubtful for Tuesday’s Game 4 against the Houston Rockets.
Iguodala sustained a left leg contusion when he banged knees with James Harden in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday night.
A Warriors source said the bruise got worse overnight, so Iguodala was held out of practice on Monday. The bruise is slightly below the knee.
Iguodala had an X-ray on Monday and it came back clean, but the team still listed him as doubtful Monday evening.
Source: Ramona Shelburne of ESPN