The NBA's happiness crisis

Driving the news: Speaking at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference last weekend, NBA commissioner Adam Silver talked about the depressing vibe he gets when he meets players.

“What strikes me about them is that they are truly unhappy,” Silver said. “We are living in a time of anxiety [and] I think part of it is a direct result of social media.”

“If you’re around a team in this day and age, there are always headphones on … [players] are isolated … they have their heads down.”

One player spoke to Silver about how isolated he felt. “There was a deep sadness around him,” the commissioner added.