NEW YORK (WFAN) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver loves the current state of the National Basketball Association.
He sees the game only growing in popularity and interest, and envisions the league reaching new heights in the future.
“We ultimately should rival American football in terms of popularity,” Silver told WFAN host Mike Francesa on Thursday.
There’s plenty of good and plenty of bad in the NBA right now.
The Spurs just dethroned the mighty Miami Heat in five games in the NBA Finals to win their fifth championship. Both LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony are free agents, and there’s plenty of intrigue with the offseason ahead. Oh, and the highly-anticipated NBA Draft is on Thursday night at Barclays Center.
But achieving success isn’t all about blue-chip prospects and superstars.
“Players have earned the right to be free agents,” Silver told Francesa. “And once they become free agents, there’s no rule against players talking to each other. I think, ultimately, the great players realize that this is a team sport, and we saw it with the Spurs. It’s not just about an aggregation of superstars.
“…I think for basketball enthusiasts, they loved that Spurs team. And I think the word is spreading throughout the league (that) it’s not just about draft picks, it’s not just about superstars. This is a team sport, and it’s got to be taught the right way. It’s got to be coached the right way, and you’ve gotta develop that kind of culture to develop a winning franchise.”