When the NBA indicated this summer that it was nearing a deal to put advertisements on its uniforms, in the form of two-inch-by-two-inch patches on the shoulder, we figured it was putrid but inevitable. But mostly we figured it was impending. Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said not one single owner was against the idea, so all that was left was to work out the logistics before players took the court as partial billboards on opening night—now less than two weeks away.
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