There are differing views among top club officials and owners about how teams should proceed.

If everyone agrees that press conferences are obsolete and that the lamestream media isn’t up to the task and Twitter is the future old man (or whatever, I don’t deal with young people unless I’m cursing them for trampling my lawn), I’m all for any alternatives that get interested parties (i.e. fans) the information they want. If we don’t like the press conferences, I suggest allotting 15 minutes, twice a week, for unscreened questions directly from fans (which I’m sure would go over great after, say, a 17-3 loss in Chicago).

The new system, however, doesn’t kick in until the 2019 NBA draft. In other words, Atlanta, Chicago, Indiana, Phoenix, Sacramento and others will all get one final shot at marginally improving their chances at landing a franchise player through aggressive tanking. Let the games begin.

There is some sentiment for allowing all 32 teams to control their own player activism campaigns, because the issues in Cincinnati might be different from those in Los Angeles. But there’s no clear consensus on it.

The solution has to be either driven by the players or widely perceived to be driven by the players, or it could give the impression that the league is being good and generous about this issue just to mollify the players. The players can’t be sellouts.

Jones was reportedly “furious” about the league’s decision, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Jones had maintained that he did not expect Elliott to face discipline.

“There’s nothing,” Jones told USA Today in July. “I have reviewed everything. There is absolutely nothing, not one thing I’ve seen that has anything to do with domestic violence. I’ve seen nothing.”


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