Commissioner Adam Silver called it embarrassing that the NBA only has one female referee.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is certain that changes are coming to the league.
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Speaking after the NBA’s Board of Governors meeting on Tuesday night, Silver said he thinks the league is ready to scrap the rule requiring players to be out of high school for a year before becoming eligible to enter the draft. That one should be relatively simple to move forward now, while notions such as how to find more competitive balance are still a puzzler to the league and its commissioner.

Michele Roberts, the National Basketball Players Association’s newly re-elected executive director — the players’ union announced a new four-year deal for her earlier Tuesday — has had talks with Silver on the topic, though she stopped short Kirk Mclean Womens Jersey of revealing specifics. Any change Marko Dano Youth Jersey to the rule would require that the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement be amended.

There could be changes afoot for the age of Draft eligibility.

Thursday’s slate features eight games, including the top-seeded Lakers facing the winner of the 16th-seeded Washington Wizards or the 17th-seeded LA Clippers and the second-seeded Trail Blazers taking on the winner of the matchup between the 15th-seeded Indiana Pacers and the 18th-seeded Atlanta Hawks.

Each of the 30 teams played three games apiece since the event tipped off on July 6, with the results of those games determining the tournament seeding. Seeding for the tournament was determined by win-loss records, with ties being broken using quarter-points followed by point differential. Each team will compete in at least two more games in Las Vegas.

The Lakers and Trail Blazers earned first-round byes by virtue of being the first- and second-seeded teams. Teams that lose a game on either Wednesday or Thursday will play a consolation game on Friday. The championship tournament resumes on Saturday with a six-game slate.

ESPN and NBA TV will present the remaining 37 games from Las Vegas with ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU exclusively televising the Championship rounds on Sunday, July 15; Monday, July 16; and Tuesday, July 17. Additionally, all remaining games will be available live on the ESPN App.

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