NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's Westchester Connection Explored By SI

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The Sports Illustrated issue that features NBA Commissioner and Rye native Adam Silver.
The Sports Illustrated issue that features NBA Commissioner and Rye native Adam Silver.

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Although he’s recently made national headlines for ousting beleaguered Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, there was once a time that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was a precocious youngster in Rye, taking in movies in New Rochelle and hanging out at the Nature Center with his friends.

In a Lee Jenkins cover story for Sports Illustrated, light was shed on Silver’s formative years, which were heavily influenced by the time he spent in Westchester County.

The profile highlights Silver’s ascent to the top of the NBA, and how his past has influenced his handling of the Donald Sterling controversy, where he banned the owner for life and fined him $2.5 million for racist remarks that were recorded and released to the public.

Silver, who grew up in Rye near the Long Island Sound, was a star athlete and student at the high school, according to the profile. 

“Adam, grew up in a large Georgian house with a formal garden about a block from the Long Island Sound,” Jenkins wrote. “At Rye High, he was an A student, a class president, a member of the cross-country team and editor in chief of the Garnet and Black newspaper.”

In the profile, Jenkins discusses the time Silver would spent at the Rye Nature Center and Playland Market, where his mother opened a charge account for him. Silver would frequent the Blind Brook Country Club for holiday meals and watched Muhammad Ali fights at a theater in New Rochelle.

Silver’s family was prominent in Westchester County during the commissioner’s childhood. His mother, Melba, was a regular fixture in Rye, where she was an educator, environmentalist and outspoken activist. She was one of the loudest voices rallying against developer Robert Moses’ proposed Oyster Bay-Rye Bridge that would have connected Long Island and Westchester; even having her youngest son spread the word by wearing “Ban the Bridge” buttons.

Silver is not the first sports commissioner to hail from Westchester. He joins ranks that include former NBA Commissioner David Stern (Scarsdale) and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (Bronxville).

Regan Orillac, one of Silver’s two best friends growing up in Rye, noted that some of the challenges, including driving to Playland Market without a license as a kid, he faced growing up in Westchester County helped make him a better commissioner later in life.

“I think that whole experience gave Adam skills that other people may attain later,” he said. “You don’t hem and haw. You don’t ask a thousand people for advice. You get it done, because no one else is around to get it done.”

While the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs prepare for the third game of the NBA finals in Miami on Tuesday, another hurdle was tossed in front of the commissioner: Sterling has decided to fight the Association, and has vowed not to sell his team.

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this stooge with the ban the bridge button hey no wonder n.y. is the infrastructural toilet bowl of America just look at wasted Westchester ciunty with the most ATROCIOUS property taxes in America listen up stooge 1971 when the PUSSILLAMINOUS PIPSQUEAKS from the NASSAU county planning commission REBUFFED Robert moses great wealth producing JOB CREATING TOURISM TOURISM PROMOTING BUSINESS ENHANCING PRESTIGIOUS TRANSGENERATIONAL EPOCAL MONUMENTAL CIVIC MASSIVE RYE OYSTER BAY BRIDGE and SUCCUMBED just like the MOTHER of this stooge with the ban the bridge button to the SIREN SONGS OF THE POST MENUPASUAL SLUT jane Jacobs who HATED CARS and the GERIATRIC WEASEL Robert caro who still lives in SODOM ON 95 th street and works part time foe the NOXIOUS N.Y. TIMES a paper I reserve for the PARAKEET CAGE no wonder n.y. is the INFRASTRUCTURAL TOILET BOWL OF AMERICA askthis BOURGEOISE DUPE THE SAME question I asked the SYNCOPHANT AT THE WHOREHOUSE IN MORNINGSIDE HTS. when was the last time your stupid state even built a major monumental bridge ? need a hint ? go back to the first WORLD TOUR OF THE BEATLES AT SHEA STADIUM. LOOK WHEN DISCUSSING THE STUPID STATE OF N.Y. and its ATROCIOUS DILAPIDATED RUN DOWN INADEQUATE CRUMBLING ROTTING DISGRACEFUL INFRASTRUCTURE because of BOURGEOISE LIKE THE FAMILY OF THIS TIGHT LIPPED LAWYER THERE IS ONLY ONE TERMINOLOGY DERELICTION OF DUTY AND CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE TERMS THAT THE LARCENOUS LAW SCHOOLS AVOID LIKE the plague and why not they are too busy EXONERATING THE MURDERERS AND RAPISTS SO I SUGGEST A NEW LOGO FOR THE LISCENCE PLATED OF THE STUPID STATE OF N.Y. LOOK forget about the EMPIRE STATE EMPIRES NEED EMPIRE BUILDERS instead of the pussillaminous pipsqueaks of NASSAU WESTCHESTER MILLIONAIRES let the poor slob motorists SCHELPP their way out of DEMONIZED DEATHTRAPS WHICH because of people like silvers mother there now STOOGE GET THIS schelpp their their way out OF THE DEMONIZED DEATHTRAP LIKE LONG ISLAND with NO EVACUATION ROUTE NORTH SOUTH because of this UNBUILT UNBUILT ENGINEERING MASTERPIECE BY THE GREATEST MASTER BUILDER OF THE LAST 1000 YRS. Robert MOSES no these poor slobs can SCHELPP THEIR WAY OUT OF THIS MAN MADE DEATHTRAP ON THE WORLDS LONGEST PARKING LOT TO SODOM the NOTORIOUS L.I.E. 495 THE LONG ISLAND DISTRESSWAY.BECAUSE OF BOURGEOISE FAMILIES LIVING EXCLUSIVE PRIVALIDGED LIVES IN REGRESSIVE RYE N.Y. LOOK LONG ISLAND FRON GOLD COAST TO TRASH COAST 1973 WNEN THE BRIDGE WAS HALTED TO 2013. THE SYNCOPHANT AT THE WHORE HOUSE IN MORNINGSIDE HTS. I TOLD THIS STOOGE U SAY ANYTHING negative about the post menupasual slut who HATED HATED CARS jane Jacobs or the GERIATRIC WEASEL Robert CARO and THEY WILL THROW YOUR ASS OUT OF THE WHOREHOUSE IN 72HOURS TENURE AND ALL. AHH hey that was 40 yrs. ago come on relax so the CURRUPT BOOTLESS BENIGHTED BLASPHEMOUS ALBANY skips the bridge in 1973 is LONG ISLAND THAT BAD OFF? MY MOTHER HAD A SPOILED STINK,IN FLEA BITTEN POODLE NAMED SANDY.

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