NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has certainly made his presence known since becoming the league’s central figurehead in 2014.
Three months into his stint as commissioner he banned then-Clippers owner Donald Sterling for racist remarks he made about past and current players. Silver has also been a proponent of regulated sports betting, writing an op-ed for The New York Times in November 2014 declaring it be “brought out of the underground and into the sunlight where it can be appropriately monitored and regulated.” Silver has done many great things as the commissioner of the NBA, but one thing he hasn’t done is make the trek up to Auburn Hills to watch our Pistons play… until now.
This coming Monday, Commissioner Silver will be in attendance as the Pistons (21-17) take on the Chicago Bulls (22-15) in a 3:30 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee, MLive’s Aaron McMann reports. The reason for his visit is not yet clear, but some speculate it may have something to do with a plan to bring the Pistons out of Auburn Hills and back to Detroit.
Before tip-off on Monday, Silver, Pistons Owner Tom Gores and Palace Sports & Entertainment vice chairman Arn Tellem will join Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and other area dignitaries in Detroit for a 10 a.m. philanthropic announcement between the Pistons and Mitch Albom’s charity, S.A.Y. Detroit.
This announcement comes at an exciting time for the Pistons as they have also recently been added to the National TV NBA schedule with their February 4th home game against the New York Knicks being picked up by TNT. Not a bad week for a Pistons team gaining more respect around the league with each passing day as they continue to improve and make a playoff push.