• Roster decisions put Clippers in a bind unfamiliar to Thunder

    Jon Hamm | Updated: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    The Clippers could be in trouble if Blake Griffin misses an extended period of time. Why is that, and how does the Clippers' roster-building model compare to the Thunder's?

  • How Adam Silver plans to make the NBA better

    Published: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    In a short time, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has established himself as the players' commissioner, the owners' commissioner, the people's commissioner and, perhaps best defining his early tenure, the ideas commissioner, USA TODAY reports. He forced the ouster of a problematic owner, saw a record increase in franchise valuations, scored a multibillion TV deal, helped player salaries increase and embraced their voice on social issues — all in his first year. And he is willing to explore ideas, big and small, that will make the NBA a better game. The league experimented with a 44-minute preseason game, he approved an extended All-Star break, he's looking at ways to improve the draft lottery and he is exploring the possibility of adopting a new playoff system that takes the best teams regardless of conference (which, Silver says, won't happen until the 2016-17 season at the earliest).