Monthly Archives: May 2010
BOSTON – Patrick Ewing’s one-word response to any questions regarding a
certain big-name free agent is quite telling.
"Cleveland," is Ewing’s standard answer.
Clearly, Ewing is not about to risk paying a hefty fine for speaking
about LeBron James’ future plans. Instead, Ewing made it clear that the
home team has an advantage because James can make more money if he
re-signs with the Cavs.
"The league designed it that way," Ewing added. "If you stay you can
make $30 million more. And if you already have a good team, why leave?"
Fans around here probably were giddy if they saw today’s New York Daily
News note that the Detroit Pistons were looking to move up from the No.
7 spot in next month’s NBA draft in hopes of landing Kentucky big man
Amar’e Stoudemire on Saturday denied an ESPN.com report that suggested
his time with the Suns will end after the season .
"Like I’ve told you guys all season, I’ll play this season out and see
how it goes and then try to make a decision this summer," the Suns
forward said. "It’s still 50-50, and it’s always going to be that way
until a decision is made."
If LeBron James isn’t sure he can win in Cleveland, President Barack
Obama thinks there’s an opportunity with his hometown Chicago Bulls.
"You know, like I said, I don’t want to meddle," Obama told TNT. "I will
say this: [Derrick] Rose, Joakim Noah it’s a pretty good core. You
know, you could see LeBron fitting in pretty well there."
Chris Bosh has narrowed in on a list of five preferred NBA teams, and
his agent has relayed that list to the Toronto Raptors, according to a
report on ESPN.com.
The list of teams included the Raptors, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles
Lakers, Miami Heat and New York Knicks. Sources said that list was given
to Toronto management in case the Raptors want to construct a
sign-and-trade deal if Bosh doesn’t re-sign with Toronto.
Michael Wilbon is a media giant, blabbermouth co-host of PTI, while also
working alongside ESPN basketball expert Magic Johnson at times, an
occasional column for the Washington Post and a guest this week on Tony
Kornheiser’s radio show in Washington, D.C.
Wilbon has so much to say, there’s no problem believing him when he
says. "I have no idea what I said on the radio."
The 76ers are a few hours of negotiations away from hiring Doug Collins
as their next head coach.
According to multiple sources, Sixers president and general manager Ed
Stefanski began the negotiations with Collins’ agent, John Langel, on
One source said it was unlikely the parties would complete a deal before
Thursday, but indicated there was "nothing" immediately holding up
The rumor about LeBron James house hunting in Highland Park (some say
with Michael Jordan) has taken on a life of its own. But there is no
evidence it’s true.
Matt Silver, an Evanston real estate agent, said he does not believe it.
He has handled deals with sports celebrities in Highland Park,
including the sale of B.J. Armstrong’s home to Julius Peppers.
It’s been nine years since the Washington Wizards last won the NBA draft
lottery, but it’s a little harder to pinpoint a time when the franchise
had so many options and so much opportunity and optimism. That’s what a
few favorable Ping-Pong balls will do for an organization that has been
downtrodden more often than not in the 32 years since last winning an
The morning after landing the No. 1 overall pick, there were no worries
about drafting the next Kwame Brown, nor were there grand expectations
that the Wizards were going to be immediate playoff contenders next
season with likely choice John Wall.
Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison is among "more than a dozen" suitors who
have submitted non-binding bids for the Warriors, a source close to the
negotiations said Tuesday.
"He is a part of it," the source said.
According to another source, so are the San Francisco Giants, 24 Hour
Fitness owner Mark Mastrov, an NFL owner, a former Lakers star and a
group of prominent Chinese businesspeople, among others. Galatioto
Sports Partners and Warriors owner Chris Cohan will choose the best
prospects in the next week.