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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.

Monta Ellis shares great story about Baron Davis, his funniest teammate

Monta Ellis shares great story about Baron Davis, his funniest teammate

The 2006-07 "We Believe Warriors" will hold a special place in the hearts of Golden State fans forever.

Dub Nation loves hearing stories related to that legendary squad.

So you should thank Monta Ellis for providing the latest fantastic tale.

The No. 40 overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft had the following exchange recently with SLAM magazine:

SLAM: Who was the funniest teammate you ever had?

Monta: Baron Davis, by far. I’ll tell you this, when it comes to BD, don’t ever bet him to do anything. Don’t ever dare him to do anything. Don’t ever crank up an idea where you even think that it might cross his mind because he’ll do it [laughs].

SLAM: Is there one thing you remember specifically that someone dared him to do?

Monta: One day, we had a [nationally televised] game. We were on a run and everybody was talking about us or whatever. He knew the camera was going to be on. They had him put this outfit on -- a cowboy outfit -- with the cowboy hat, the boots, the belt, everything. They bet him to do it. Like, I bet you won’t do this. They fixed the outfit up. It was crazy. I don’t know when in the world anybody would’ve worn it. BD wore it.

SLAM: Who told him to wear it?

Monta: Al [Harrington], Jack [Stephen Jackson], Matt [Barnes] and J-Rich [Jason Richardson].

SLAM: How did people react to it?

Monta: We didn’t do nothing but laugh. We were like, Man, he’s crazy. It was one of those outfits. Like, man, ain’t nobody supposed to come out of the house like that. He did that for a televised game.

Listen and subscribe to the Runnin' Plays Podcast:

Thank you Monta, and thank you BD.

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Reminder -- during the 2007 playoffs, Davis averaged 25.3 points, 6.5 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 2.9 steals, while shooting over 51 percent from the field and better than 37 percent from deep.

He was really, really good.

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Sabrina Ionescu's WNBA debut pushed back due to coronavirus pandemic

Sabrina Ionescu's WNBA debut pushed back due to coronavirus pandemic

On the day Sabrina Ionescu earned another piece of hardware, she also found out the beginning of her WNBA career has been pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Ionescu, whose college career was abruptly cut short after the NCAA canceled the men's and women's basketball tournaments due to COVID-19, is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick by the New York Liberty in the WNBA draft. The draft will be held virtually on April 17. While the Duck star's WNBA journey will, in theory, begin that night, she won't take the court for some time.

The WNBA announced Friday that the start of the season, which was slated for May 15, will be pushed back. The league does not yet have an idea for when the season will start as everyone tries to follow the social distancing guidelines put forth by the Centers for Disease Control to help flatten the curve.

The Walnut Creek native and Oregon Ducks legend also took home the Citizen Naismith Trophy on Friday, her fifth national player of the year award.

Last week, she became the first player since UConn's Breanna Stewart to be named the unanimous AP Player of the Year.

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Ionescu's unfinished business tour did not go as planned and came with personal tragedy.

The Oregon star returned to school for her senior season after the Ducks lost to Baylor in the Final Four, a game in which Ionescu was held scoreless in the fourth quarter. She wanted to lead the program she put on the map to a national title. That dream ended abruptly when the NCAA ended the season a few days after Ionescu and the Ducks roasted No. 7 Stanford in the PAC-12 Championship Game.

While no title was won, her senior season always will be remembered for the history she made and how she handled herself following the tragic loss of her mentor Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others who died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26.

After learning of Bryant's passing, Ionescu still took the court and led the Ducks to a win over rival Oregon State. A few weeks later, she spoke at Bryant's public memorial and then flew to the Bay and became the first player in history to have 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists, achieving the feat in a win over Stanford.

The face of college basketball, Ionescu is primed to be a global star and an icon for the game of basketball when the sports world resumes.