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NBA All-Star Game: Q&A with NBA commissioner Adam Silver

Silver addresses teams ‘tanking' and the lottery system.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: February 16, 2014
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photo - NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference before the skills competition at the NBA All Star basketball weekend, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference before the skills competition at the NBA All Star basketball weekend, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

You've recently spoken about the desire to increase the age requirement for the league. How do you feel like that would improve the game on both the NBA and the college level, and do you feel like that you can get the cooperation from the Players Association to make it happen?

“So the 20-year-old minimum age limit was something we had on the table in the last round of collective bargaining. And when we compromised on a deal, well into what should have been our season, we agreed to park certain issues and return to them. And the age limit was one of them. It is my belief that if players have an opportunity to mature as players and as people, for a longer amount of time, before they come into the league, it will lead to a better league. And I know from a competitive standpoint that's something as I travel the league I increasingly hear from our coaches, especially, who feel that many of even the top players in the league could use more time to develop even as leaders as part of college programs.”