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Adam Silver on why part owner Mark Stevens' punishment was 'appropriate'

Adam Silver on why part owner Mark Stevens' punishment was 'appropriate'

The NBA handed down its ruling on Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens, and commissioner Adam Silver continues to stand by the decision.

Before Game 4 of the NBA Finals between the Warriors and Raptors, Silver joined NBC Sports Bay Area's Greg Papa on "Warriors Playoff Central" to explains his thinking on the one-year ban and $500,000 fine levied to Stevens for his role in the Kyle Lowry incident in Game 3.

"First of all, I don't have the right to require him to sell his ownership stake," Silver said. "That can only be done by a three-quarters vote by our board of governors, so that wasn't on the table.

"I thought, in terms of the year suspension or ban and the $500,000 fine, that under the circumstances, it was appropriate. We did a full investigation, the investigation began almost immediately after the act took place. Our head of security was done there. Mr. Stevens was interviewed. He was also interviewed the next day."

Stevens issued a statement on Thursday, apologizing for his actions. Silver noted that Stevens' level of remorse played a part in how stiff the punishment was.

"We did take into account that he was contrite, that he was incredibly apologetic, that this was an act that took place in essence, essentially in five seconds," Silver said. "It was an incredibly stupid act. It was a huge mistake, but it was that.

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During a press conference on Thursday, Lowry made it clear he felt there was no place in the NBA for a person like Stevens. Others called for the NBA to ban Stevens for life. But Silver disagrees.

"I think the type of conduct here should not have resulted in a lifetime ban, especially in the overall context of a person who's never had a prior blemish in his career," Silver said.

Why Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens wasn't given lifetime NBA ban

Why Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens wasn't given lifetime NBA ban

Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry believes there's no place in the NBA for Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens.

The league and the Warriors saw things differently, though, and handed down a one-year ban and a $500,000 fine to Stevens for pushing Lowry during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night.

So, why wasn't Stevens given a lifetime ban by the league?

"I think we recognized that it's not a science in terms of making these decisions," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday afternoon. "I think ultimately we felt that given how contrite Mr. Stevens was, the fact that he was extremely apologetic, the fact that he had no blemishes on his prior involvement with the NBA or the Warriors, that a one-year ban seemed appropriate together with the fine."

A few hours after the NBA announced the punishment, Stevens released a statement through the Warriors, saying he was "embarrassed" by his actions directed at Lowry.

Lowry spent most of his press conference Thursday discussing the matter, and said he has no desire to talk to Stevens.

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We imagine Lowry's not thrilled with Silver's reasoning for the punishment, either.

Why Adam Silver would like Warriors, Kings games to tip-off earlier

Why Adam Silver would like Warriors, Kings games to tip-off earlier

Warriors and Kings fans are lucky. They can always watch their favorite NBA team at a reasonable time, and even watch Eastern Conference stars beforehand thanks to start times on the West Coast. 

Those on the East Coast, however, aren't as lucky. NBA commissioner Adam Silver realizes this is an issue for half of his league's fan base, especially with the Warriors on the West Coast and LeBron James leaving the Eastern Conference for the Lakers last summer. 

"Sometimes I forget, fifty percent of television households in this country are in the Eastern time zone," Silver recently said on NBC's TODAY. "And so if your West Coast games start at 10:30 at night in the East, you’re invariably going to lose a lot of viewers around 11, 11:30. I mean, you can just chart it.

"You see how many television households turn off around 11:15, 11:30 at night, just because people have to get up for work in the morning."

How does the NBA fix this issue? Silver says the league is looking at solutions, and that can significantly affect teams like the Kings and Warriors. 

"I mean, it is something we can address. We’re talking about it," Silver said. "I mean, it would obviously be less convenient to those fans on the West Coast if we played even earlier. I mean, just think about people getting to those arenas after work if you start a game at 6 p.m. local time in the West.

"It’s not the most convenient thing. It’s not as convenient for a television watcher on the West Coast, either." 

Silver has to look at the league as a whole, however, and think more nation than local. 

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"When you look at the league from a national standpoint, it may make sense to play a little bit earlier in the West," Silver said. "And that’s something we’re going to talk to our teams about this summer.”

Those looking to go to a game in Sacramento or San Francisco might not like it, but it seems almost inevitable that start times to games could be bumped up in the near future.