Due to health and safety standards, Adam Silver misses the 6th game of the NBA Finals

Due to health and safety standards, Adam Silver misses the 6th game of the NBA Finals

After missing Game 5, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will miss Game 6 of the NBA Finals owing to the league’s health and safety standards. The league has not stated if Silver tested positive for COVID-19 or if he was in close contact with someone who did. When ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski asked Silver for comment, he simply said, “lousy timing.”

Silver has never missed a championship presentation since his tenure as commissioner began in 2014, including in the Orlando bubble in 2020. Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum will present the trophy if the series ends on Thursday, according to Wojnarowski. He handles the NBA Draft lottery and announces second-round picks at the NBA Draft, so he is a familiar face to NBA fans.

Every game of the NBA Finals is usually attended by Silver. Silver will clear the protocols in one day, according to Wojnarowski, so he should be able to attend Game 7 if necessary.

The NBA has largely avoided significant absences during the postseason due to COVID-19. Paul George missed a play-in game, Steve Kerr missed the end of Golden State’s series against Memphis, and there was a reported outbreak in Phoenix that included at least one player, but ever since the Omicron wave that swept through the league in the middle of the season, COVID-related absences have been fairly minimal. Silver’s absence is a reminder that the league and country are still facing the virus and must continue to take steps to limit its spread.

 

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