Adam Silver to miss Game 6 of NBA Finals due to health and safety protocols

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will miss Game 6 of the NBA Finals due to the league’s health and safety protocols, having previously missed Game 5. The league hasn’t said if Silver himself tested positive for COVID-19 or if he was a close contact of someone who had. When ESPN Silver’s Adrian Wojnarowski reached out for comment, he simply replied, “lousy timing.”

Silver usually attends every game of the NBA Finals. Wojnarowski reported Thursday that Silver would clear the logs in a day, so he should be able to attend Game 7 if it proves necessary.

Silver has never missed a championship presentation since beginning his tenure as commissioner in 2014, including in the Orlando bubble in 2020. Assistant Commissioner Mark Tatum will present the trophy when the series concludes Thursday, it said Wojnarowski. He runs the NBA draft lottery and announces the NBA draft second-round picks, so he’s a familiar face to NBA fans.

The NBA has largely avoided significant postseason absences 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 involving at least one player, but since the Omicron wave caused by the League swept mid-season, COVID-related absences were fairly minimal. Silver’s absence is a reminder that the league and country are still grappling with the virus and must continue to take action to contain its spread.

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