To provide a reminder of how fast time moves in the sports world, Carmelo Anthony was still in the prime of his career as a dangerous sharpshooter on the New York Knicks when Adam Silver officially took over as NBA commissioner in 2014.
Over seven years later, the two are still in the Association, and Anthony is continuing his pursuit of an elusive NBA championship alongside LeBron James on the Los Angeles Lakers. As he nears the end of his career, the 10-time All-Star wants the basketball world to realize how bright the league’s future is with Silver at the helm.
Carmelo Anthony offered heavy praise for Adam Silver in a recent interview
At best, the relationship between players and the commissioners of leagues is supposed to be outwardly friendly. Even if they can’t personally stand one another, they smile for photos together and avoid any significant public criticism.
According to Anthony, things go far beyond that in the NBA. In a recent interview with Success.com, the 37-year-old forward openly praised Silver as someone who has helped the NBA remain a powerhouse and improve along the way.
“I’ve got to take my hat off to him, too, because he does a great job of allowing us, as players, to use our voices and our platforms to speak on whatever you feel near and dear to, that you need to speak on. Whatever touches you, then go ahead. He supports that, and the NBA supports that. I think that’s the difference between the NBA and all the other leagues.”Carmelo Anthony
Anthony explained that all parties in the NBA, from the 450 players to the governors and executives, have worked on “destroying the old way” and finding a new way to move forward.
Silver has certainly shown he’s willing to work with NBA players on all issues
Silver made an immediate mark on the NBA when, only months after he succeeded David Stern, he banned then-Los Angeles Clippers governor Donald Sterling for life following the release of leaked audio containing offensive comments.
The last seven years have, for the most part, been extremely productive. The NBA persevered through the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and finished the regular season in a bubble environment in Florida. According to ESPN, the bubble recouped an estimated $1.5 billion in revenue.
Silver also helped the NBA embrace ongoing social justice movements in sports. The league provided players with platforms to speak out on police brutality, voter suppression, and other topics they are passionate about and hope to change.
Clearly, Anthony is a fan of all that Silver and the NBA have done over the years. Younger players who might be skeptical that the league is genuine in its efforts should listen to the legendary sharpshooter.
Silver has set the standard for all commissioners to follow
Nothing is forever. Eventually, Gary Bettman and Roger Goodell will leave their respective posts as the NHL and NFL commissioners. Although fans may not want to hear it, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t likely to resign anytime soon.
All, whether it’s Manfred or whoever takes over in the other sports, can learn from Silver and the NBA. The league has shown a clear devotion to its players and the history and integrity of the game while also accepting newer trends.
Again, consider the value of Anthony’s platform. He entered the league as a teenager, and he’ll likely leave the league at nearly 40 years old. He’s seen it all and done it all across the last two decades. If he’s willing to vouch for all that Silver has done since 2014, then people need to listen and try applying the same ideas and tactics going forward.
Silver has created the golden standard, and it’s on the other leagues to follow. That includes baseball, where it’s not too late for Manfred to salvage his image and lead the sport into the future it needs and that its fans deserve.