Adam Silver discussed the unhappiness and mental health of today's younger players during the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.
“When I meet with them, what surprises me is that they’re truly unhappy. A lot of these young men are generally unhappy," said Silver.
“If you’re around a team in this day and age, there are always headphones on...[The players] are isolated, and they have their heads down," Silver observed. He also added that unhappiness and isolation around the league is “to the point where it’s almost pathology.’’
The NBPA launched a mental health and wellness program last May to help support players with mental health challenges.
“I don’t think it’s unique to these players. I don’t think it’s something that’s just going around superstar athletes. I think it’s a generational issue," added Silver.