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Resting players might be Warriors’ M.O., but NBA not wild about it

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver met with reporters Wednesday afternoon in New York following the league’s two-day Board of Governors meeting. One of the topics discussed felt like a jab toward a team like Golden State.

Silver was asked about the impending arbitration between Ben Simmons and the 76ers over $20 million in withheld salary for not playing. While the commissioner said the league won’t have any involvement in that situation, he did use it as an opportunity to bring attention to an issue he saw as more significant: the trend of star players not participating in a full complement of games.

“I’m not standing here saying I have a great solution,” Silver said. “Part of the issue is injuries. One of the things we have focused on at the league office and we’re spending — we had begun to spend a lot of time on pre-pandemic — are there things we can do in terms of sharing information, resources around the league to improve best practices, rehabilitation?”

Silver said the league might have to resort to creating other incentives to get improved player participation over the course of an 82-game season, like adding an in-season tournament or changing the format of the schedule.

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