After holding a high perch among sports leagues, why have the NBA and Adam Silver reversed course on COVID-19 and national anthem protests?

CHICAGO — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver charted a history of taking the moral high ground, creating separation from predecessor David Stern and other sports leagues. Silver banned Donald Sterling, supported player protests and suspended the 2019-20 season in the early stages of COVID-19. Those actions placed the NBA on a high perch, but cracks in the facade have started to show in 2021 as a series of decisions in February casts doubt on Silver’s leadership. After executing a successful playoff bubble in Florida last season, the NBA has backtracked on its safety-first approach. The NBA and NBPA …

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