19 Facts About Adam Silver


Adam Silver was born on April 25,1962 and is an American lawyer and sports executive who serves as the fifth and current commissioner of the National Basketball Association.


Adam Silver joined the NBA in 1992 and has held various positions within the league, becoming chief operating officer and deputy commissioner under his predecessor and mentor David Stern in 2006.


When Stern retired in 2014, Silver was named the new commissioner.


Adam Silver made headlines in 2014 for forcing Donald Sterling to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, then banning Sterling for life from all NBA games and events following racist remarks.


Adam Silver's father Edward Silver was a lawyer who specialized in labor law and was a senior partner at the law firm Proskauer Rose.


Adam Silver grew up in Rye, New York, a northern suburb of New York City in Westchester County.


Adam Silver attended Rye High School and graduated in 1980.

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Adam Silver was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.


Adam Silver worked from 1984 to 1985 as a legislative aide to Les AuCoin, who was a member of the US House of Representatives.


Adam Silver then attended the University of Chicago Law School, graduating in 1988 with a JD degree.


Previously, Adam Silver spent eight years as president and COO of NBA Entertainment.


Since joining the NBA in 1992, Adam Silver has held the positions of senior VP and COO, NBA Entertainment, NBA chief of staff, and special assistant to the commissioner.


On February 1,2014, when Stern stepped down from his position, Adam Silver was unanimously approved by the NBA owners to succeed him.


Adam Silver responded on April 29,2014, announcing that Sterling had been banned from the NBA for life.


Adam Silver stripped Sterling from virtually all of his authority over the Clippers, and urged owners to vote to expel Sterling from ownership of the Clippers.


In 2015, Adam Silver was named Executive of the Year by Sports Business Journal.


In 2014, Adam Silver was named the Sports Illustrated Executive of the Year.


Adam Silver is on Duke University's Board of Trustees and received the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Chicago Law School.


Adam Silver is on the board of the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.