Adam Silver is awaiting his time for when he’ll overtake David Stern as commissioner in February.
Silver created a stir this week, after he proclaimed the Bucks Bradley Center was “unfit” for the NBA.
Many speculated that statement was a sign of the NBA moving the Bucks to another market eventually. Silver shot down those rumors in a recent interview with Jim Paschke of Bucks.com.
“It’s critical to us that the team remains here and remains successful here,” Silver said.
Silver said he was pleased the Bucks’ front office was focused on the future. Asked if small-market Milwaukee can be a successful franchise, Silver pointed to other successful and smaller NBA cities: San Antonio, Memphis and Oklahoma City. Franchises can be successful when they are well managed and have the right culture, Silver said.
Silver did not go into detail about the league’s desire to get a new arena in Milwaukee, but said such buildings must create an environment that attracts people. He likened arenas to town halls and referred to them as the “center of the community.”
An arena deal will likely get done to keep the Bucks in Milwaukee.