Adam Silver

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Adam Silver
5th Commissioner of the NBA
Assumed office
February 1, 2014
Deputy Mark Tatum
Preceded by David Stern
Personal details
Born (1962-04-25) April 25, 1962 (age 52)
New York City, New York
Nationality American
Alma mater Duke University
University of Chicago Law School
Occupation Commissioner of the NBA

Adam Silver (born April 25, 1962) is an American lawyer and the commissioner of the National Basketball Association. He has held this post since February 1, 2014.[1] On October 25, 2012, he was endorsed by David Stern to be the next NBA Commissioner when Stern announced that he would step down on February 1, 2014.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Silver was born into a Jewish family[4] north of New York City in the suburb of Rye in Westchester County. From an early age, Silver was a New York Knicks fan.[5]

He graduated from Rye High School,[6] and then from Duke University in 1984 where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.[7] He worked as a legislative aide for U.S. Congressman Les AuCoin from 1984 to 1985.[8] He earned a law degree from the University of Chicago in 1988.[9]

Before joining the NBA, he served as a litigation associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, a law firm in New York. Silver also worked as a law clerk to Judge Kimba Wood, a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.[10]


Silver began working for the NBA in 1992. Before assuming his current role, Silver held the positions of special assistant to the commissioner, NBA chief of staff, senior vice president of NBA Entertainment, and president of NBA Entertainment.[11] Silver was an executive producer of the IMAX movie Michael Jordan to the Max, as well as the TNT documentary Whatever Happened to Micheal Ray? He also worked on the production side of Like Mike and Year of the Yao.

In 2003, Silver was named to TIME Magazine and CNN's list of Global Business Influentials; he has also been named to The Sporting News's "100 Most Powerful People in Sports" on multiple occasions.

Commissioner of the NBA[edit]

On October 25, 2012, the NBA Board of Governors unanimously selected Silver to succeed David Stern as commissioner following Stern's retirement effective February 1, 2014.[5]

On April 29, 2014, Silver banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the NBA for life in response to racist comments made by Sterling, during a private conversation with Sterling's girlfriend. Additionally, he fined Sterling $2.5 million, the maximum allowed under the NBA Constitution, and urged owners to vote to expel Sterling from ownership of the Clippers, which they eventually did. [12]


  1. ^ "Press release announcing Silver's appointment as Deputy Commissioner". April 19, 2006. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Stern anoints Silver as successor". Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  3. ^ "David Stern has date for retirement". ESPN. October 25, 2012. Retrieved October 25, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Jewish groups slam racist rant attributed to Donald Sterling". Jewish Journal. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b 4:19. "Adam Silver, the NBA's next commissioner. – ESPN". Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
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  8. ^ Lofton, John Lombardo; Terry Lefton (October 21, 2013). "Silver mettle". SportsBusiness Daily. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Duke alum Adam Silver named next NBA commissioner | The Chronicle". October 26, 2012. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
  10. ^ Soshnick, Scott. "Silver Taking Over NBA With Stern Completing Turnaround". Businessweek. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Profile from". Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  12. ^ "After Sterling Ban, Clippers Coach Says Healing Process Begins – ABC News". Retrieved April 30, 2014.