The NBA commissioner spoke prior to Thursday's opening game of the NBA Finals -- saying the league uncovered a fair amount of new information into the Grizzlies guard's postings on social media where he flashed a handgun.
ADAM SILVER: In terms of the timing, we've uncovered a fair amount of additional information I think since I was still asked about the situation. I would say we probably could have brought it to a head now, but we made the decision. And I believe the Players Association agrees with us that it would be unfair to these players and these teams in the middle of the series to announce the results of that investigation.
And given that we're, of course, in the off season, he has now been suspended by the Memphis Grizzlies indefinitely, and so nothing would have changed anyway in the next few weeks. It seemed better to park that at the moment, at least any public announcement. And my sense now is that shortly after the conclusion of the finals, we will announce the outcome of that investigation.
- When you look back at that first initial suspension, is there a thought that you might have taken it too light on him from that standpoint? Given everything that's happened, could you have sent a stronger message to maybe be a deterrent to where you are now?
ADAM SILVER: For me at the time, an eight-game suspension seemed very serious, but I think he understood that it wasn't about his words. It was going to be about his future conduct. So I guess in hindsight, I don't know if it had been a 12-game suspension instead of an eight-game suspension would that have mattered. I don't know. We've all seen the video that it appears he's done it again. I guess you could say maybe not, but I don't think we yet know what it will take to change his behavior.
The same thing I said at the time. He seems to be a fine young man. In terms of my dealings with him, I think he's clearly made some mistakes. But he's young, and I'm hoping now once we conclude at the end of our process what the appropriate discipline is, that it's not just about the discipline. It's about now what we, the Players Association, his team, and he and the people around him are going to do to create better circumstances going forward. I think that's ultimately what's most important here.