In a thriving NBA, tanking is the problem Silver can’t solve

first_imgNo team was punished for tanking, beyond the $600,000 Dallas owner Mark Cuban was fined for his comments on Julius Erving’s podcast that the Mavericks were better off losing, but there were discussions with other clubs.“I will just say we had conversations with several teams about what the product was that they were putting on the floor and I’ll leave it at that,” Silver said.He’s hoping to take some of the incentive of tanking away with lottery that takes effect next season. The three worst teams will have 14 percent chances at the top pick, instead of the current format in which the team with the worst record has a 25 percent chance.This season that was Phoenix, which appears to also be on a multi-season tanking agenda after shutting down healthy regulars last season. Dallas, Memphis, Chicago and Atlanta also threw out some curious lineups that sometimes looked incapable of winning.The new format may not stop tanking — and could even make it worse in some respects. Teams only need to be third-worst in the league to have the best shot at the No. 1 pick, rather than having to anchor themselves at the bottom.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during a news conference, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK — Adam Silver sees successes all around the NBA, yet can’t stop thinking about the teams who aren’t successful.And he can’t make them try to be.ADVERTISEMENT So Silver said the league continues to look at the issue, but even he senses that more work is going to have to be done.“We recognize that our goal is to put the best competition on the floor and it’s balanced against legitimate rebuilding of some teams. But I know we’re not there yet,” Silver said.“I certainly wasn’t satisfied, there can only be so much cajoling out of the league office and it’s one of the those things that the last place I want to go as the commissioner is the league office to start dictating minutes and which particular players should be playing at what points of the game, and I recognize that the incentives are not aligned right now that there’s a huge incentive to increase your chances in the draft lottery especially in the old system. As I’ve said we’re switching the system for next year we’ll see how much of an impact that has.”Other items from Silver’s remarks after the Board of Governors meetings:MAVERICKS MISCONDUCTSilver said the investigation into misconduct in the Mavericks’ workplace that began after a Sports Illustrated report in February could be wrapped up by early summer. He said the investigation includes every Mavericks employee and any former ones who would make themselves available.“From everything I’ve heard directly from the investigators, everyone has been completely cooperative,” Silver said. “And by the way, it doesn’t just include interviews. It includes documents, it includes emails. And that’s come directly from Mark Cuban. He’s told the investigators that and he’s told the league office that as well, that he is open book, and he’s demanding himself a thorough investigation. So we’re waiting for the outcome of that.”PLAYOFF FORMATThere were no formal discussions about changing the way the playoffs are seeded, with Silver saying there isn’t a better current solution. The Competition Committee did review a proposal for a play-in game and he expects further discussion at the summer meeting.REVENUE SHARING Owners agreed to continue the revenue sharing plan that was instituted after the 2011 lockout through the remainder of this Collective Bargaining Agreement, running through 2022-23. Silver said the goal is to make sure all teams, whether paying or receiving, have the most incentive to be competitive.“You know, nobody is happy who has to write those checks, but I think, again, they understand the league is no stronger than its weakest team,” Silver said.REFEREE RELATIONSSilver said there were positive reports from the meetings that Michelle Johnson, who oversees referee operations for the league, and head of referee development Monty McCutchen with all 30 teams in an effort to sooth friction that seemed to worsen this season.“So I feel pretty good going into the playoffs that we’ve made some real progress there,” Silver said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Tanking is the problem the NBA commissioner can’t solve.He can’t force every team to try to win when they all know sometimes there’s more reason to lose. And though he understands rebuilding, he loathes losing on purpose.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Let me add, I find it an incredibly difficult issue,” he said Friday.He spoke shortly after ties were broken for positioning ahead of the draft lottery, which seemed a bigger priority than the postseason for some teams this season. And as the Philadelphia 76ers head to the playoffs as the hottest team in the league led by youngsters they drafted during multiple seasons of tanking, it’s hard to tell other teams they can’t do it. 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Oppo R17 goes official, brings 6.4-inch display, 8GB RAM and in-display fingerprint sensor

first_imgWhile we have been a little busy with the India launch of Oppo F9 Pro, the company is simultaneously gearing up to launch the Oppo R17. The R-series has typically offered upper mid-range, premium affordable range of phones that have also served as inspiration for OnePlus phones as well. The R17 will be announced soon, but we won’t have to wait until then to know what the device will bring as it has already been listed on the company’s official Chinese website.The listing confirms the design of the Oppo R17 as well as some of the specs. The phone will indeed bring an edge-to-edge display with a unique water droplet-like notch that will also be seen on the Oppo F9 Pro. The notch indeed looks different to the kinds we have seen so far and is more close to what the Essential Phone brings. The R17 will brings a tall 6.4-inch FHD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio, Gorilla Glass 6 protection and a 91.5 per cent screen-to-body ratio.The Oppo R17 will sport a glass back with a gradient colour design in Streamer Blue and Neon Purple options. There’s also no physical fingerprint sensor, which means the phone will offer an in-display sensor that will unlock the device in 0.41 seconds. A cheaper variant is expected with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. The R17 will be power an octa-core Snapdragon chipset, but it’s still unknown whether this will be a Snapdragon 670 or Snapdragon 710 chipset. The phone will also be offered with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.advertisementThe dual cameras on the back will include a 16-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with LED flash. Housed in the notch on the front will be a 25-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture. The front camera will also support AI portrait mode and other selfie-centric features. A 3,500mAh battery will be housed inside the Oppo R17 and the device will support VOOC fast charging. The phone will run Android 8.1 Oreo-based ColorOS 5.1 out-of-the-box and will include connectivity options like Bluetooth 5.0, dual 4G VoLTE and dual SIM support, among other things.The Oppo R17 is up for pre-orders in China and the device is expected to go on sale starting August 18 which is when Oppo will also announce its pricing. We also expect an Oppo R17 Pro in the offing, but there has been no listing or mention of it on the website as yet. Separately, Oppo will also be launching the F9 Pro in India on August 21. The device bears similar design elements as the R17 including a waterdrop screen and gradient colour design. The company has also confirmed a 25MP front facing camera and VOOC fast charging support. We will know more in the days to come and on the launch date.ALSO READ: Oppo F9 Pro with Waterdrop screen set to launch in India on August 21last_img read more