Recently Adam Silver released some statements that had a funny dichotomy. First, the NBA's financial situation is healthy. Second, a large number of NBA are "losing money."

Smarter minds than I have attacked the second point. As Dave Berri and others have been saying for years, unlike other industries the NBA is allowed to cap how much they pay their workers. Additionally, they get a ton of public assistance. If you're an NBA owner and you're losing money, that should be an embarrassment.

However, the tale Adam Silver weaves reminds me of an excellent documentary: "ESPN's 30 for 30: Broke". "Broke" focuses on how a large number of professional athletes lose all their money in a very short amount of time after they retire. The documentary lists lots of ways athletes don't spend their money well including:

And for those of you that clicked the hyperlinks, you'll discover that, shocker, some NBA teams have similar issues (even those that make money). As we've discussed before, there is a big difference between losing money and wasting money. NBA teams have so many advantages that the idea of losing money is often impossible in some cases -- see the Bucks new owners deal where they were promised a publicly financed stadium or $25 million dollars! But it's very easy to waste money, and in sports, it's nothing new.

At the end of "Broke", there were questions posed about how to prevent future athletes from going broke and how to help teach better habits. I'm skeptical the current system will ever do this, but hey, who knows? However, if "Broke" had been written by Adam Silver, the ending would have said: "Many of these players lose money, the solution is for the current players to give them more money!" Luckily the public seems less receptive to this story. That said, it's a funny parallel between the mindset of the owners and the athletes.

Between Tyson Chandler and Alex Len, the Phoenix Suns could have a great mix of experience, potential, rebounding, rim protection, alley-oop skill and possibly even midrange shooting at the center...

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In the first game of the tournament stage at the 2015 Las Vegas Summer League, the eighth-seeded Phoenix Suns overcame an early shooting barrage from the Milwaukee Bucks to win their opening game of...

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In the first game of the tournament stage at the 2015 Las Vegas Summer League, the eighth-seeded Phoenix Suns overcame an early shooting barrage from the Milwaukee Bucks to win their opening game of...

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Phoenix will play Saturday against the winner of the Chicago/Toronto game.

Down a bucket at the half, the Suns outscored the Bucks 30 to 14 in the third quarter and ran away from Milwaukee 106-80 in the 2015 NBA Summer League tournament on Thursday. Five Suns scored in double figures.

Multiple Suns had the opportunity to shine at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. T.J. Warren's stat line was impressive and unsurprising. Warren knocked down 9 of his 15 shot attempts and led all scorers with 23 points. He added 4 assists and 3 blocked shots.

The Summer League's leading rebounder padded his total on the glass. In 23 minutes Alex Len ripped down 9 boards and chipped in 12 points. He also blocked 4 shots.

Devin Booker struggled early hitting just 1 of his 6 first half shot attempts. He shot 4 of 5 in the third quarter and finished with 19 points on 7 of 13 shooting.

For the second consecutive game, Josh Harrellson turned heads. Two days removed from a 15 point 9 rebound performance against the Utah Jazz, Harrellson hit all 5 of his shots attempts, including 3 from behind the arc, and finished with 13 points and 6 rebounds.

Archie Goodwin again struggled with ball handling in shot selection early, but managed to contribute 18 points and 6 boards.

Milwaukee was led by Rashad Vaughn's 17 points. The Bucks will play tomorrow against the loser of the Golden State/New York game.

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