Adam Silver suggests NBA restart may need tape delay for potty-mouthed players

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While NBA commissioner Adam Silver is largely focused on how the coronavirus (COVID-19) could impact the league's return to play, he also recognizes the importance of finalizing the smaller details surrounding game broadcasts.

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With no screaming fans in attendance, viewers would be able to hear just about everything players and coaches are saying on the court. If you've ever attended an NBA game, then you know some of those conversations aren't exactly family-friendly.

"I think there's got to be some limits on the language," Silver said in a TIME100 interview with Sean Gregory. "I think often players, they understand when they're on the floor, they're saying certain things to each other because it's so loud in the arena, they know a lot of it is not being picked up.

"They may have to adapt their language a little bit knowing what they say will likely be picked up by microphones and in all seriousness, we may need to put a little bit of a delay."

A portion of the NBA's audience would certainly love to witness every second of trash talk between players as it happens. Donovan Mitchell is part of that group.

Unfortunately for the Jazz star and others who agree with him, the almighty dollar and corporate sponsors will likely reign supreme here.

All games are set to be played at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. Cursing wasn't exactly a key part of "Toy Story," though it would be fun to hear Giannis Antetokounmpo shout, "To infinity and f—ing beyond!" after posterizing a defender.

But hey, maybe we'll get lucky and one of the baseline microphones will pick up Carmelo Anthony's classic catchphrase.

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