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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants age limit changed

NBA commissioner Adam Silver says he would take action if teams decided to lose on purpose. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) NBA commissioner Adam Silver helped bring back the 2-2-1-1-1 format in the NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Friday that the league's top priority is increasing the age to 20 to enter the NBA.

The change probably won't come next season, Silver said, but says he wants the NCAA to part of the discussion. Currently, to be eligible to enter the NBA, players have to be 19 and a year removed from high school.

"The fact that our teams would draft these players if they were coming out of high school as they used to, or one year out of college, I think doesn't mean change isn't necessary," Silver said, via the Associated Press

"We're ready to go," Silver said. "We've been thinking about this issue for a long time."

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Silver also discussed improving the league, including a change to the draft lottery system which gives the teams with the worst record the best chances at obtaining to the top overall pick.  

Also up for discussion was changing the playoff structure, after the Phoenix Suns failed to qualify for the playoffs in the Western Conference despite having 48 victories. 

 

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