Monthly Archives: June 2010
Billionaire entertainment mogul David Geffen has been trying for years
to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers, and despite his best efforts and
promises to raise the franchise to greatness, current owner and
selective renter Donald Sterling will not sell. Sterling, widely
regarded as one of the worst owners in professional sports history, has
recently shed his cheapskate image to little success, but Geffen is promising Clippers fans and Sterling the ultimate
prize – LeBron James.
Already public with his desire to be traded, disgruntled Toronto Raptors
forward Hedo Turkoglu(notes) has privately expressed to league friends
a desire to return to the Sacramento Kings, sources told Yahoo! Sports.
After Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo brought him to Toronto
with a five-year, $53 million contract last summer, Turkoglu had a
tumultuous season and recently told Turkish television – and apparently
the organization – that he no longer wants to play for the franchise.
The Kings and Raptors have yet to engage in trade discussions, sources
say, but communication is a likely possibility before the end of the
month. There won’t be much of a market for the declining veteran, but
there are scenarios where he could make sense for the Kings.
While Eeyore frets and Piglet hesitates and Rabbit calculates and Owl
pontificates, Pooh just is." — Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh
The Knicks braintrust whittles away the anxious days until July 1 by
holding meetings to strategize their free agency plans, meetings to
strategize how to market the results and hosting pre-draft workouts for
second-round caliber players that have, so far, left no one excited
about making the No. 38 and 39 picks.
Would LeBron James be willing to play for the Los Angeles Clippers if
Donald Sterling no longer owned the team? Billionaire entertainment
mogul David Geffen wants to find out.
A source close to the situation confirmed a New York Post report that
Geffen is interested in purchasing a majority share of the Clippers —
and that the long-shot attempt to convince Sterling to cede operating
control of the team is among the reasons James and close friend Maverick
Carter were in Los Angeles over the weekend.
If LeBron James turns to Charles Oakley for advice on where to play next
season, the Knicks could be out of the running.
Oakley slammed his former team in an interview with a Miami radio
"I can’t tell him to go to New York," Oakley said. "New York treated me
… When I go to the Knicks games, do you know that they have somebody
that follows me around to see what I say to the press?"
When Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov took over operating control
of the New Jersey Nets recently, he inherited a team hemorrhaging money.
The Nets lost $61 million last year alone, and Prokhorov absorbed a
debt of more than $180 million.
That’s the equivalent to a few cases of vodka for Prokhorov, the richest
man in Russia and the 39th wealthiest in the world, according to
Forbes’ most recent list.
Prokhorov knows little about the NBA, but a lot about business. LeBron
James likes business, too. Whether the two are a match won’t be
determined until next month. Despite being the league’s worst team last
season, the Nets have the cap space and are ready to pounce on James in
this summer’s elite free-agent class.
While trade rumors swirl about power forward Anthony Randolph, the
Warriors worked out another power forward who could potentially become a
Baylor big man Ekpe Udoh — listed at 6-foot-10, 240 pounds — highlighted
a sextet of NBA draft candidates who worked out for the Warriors on
Saturday at the team’s Oakland practice facility, including Marshall
center Hassan Whiteside and Butler swingman Gordon Hayward.
World Wide Wes has been telling everyone that he believes LeBron
James(notes) is leaning hard toward signing with the Chicago Bulls. No
one can be certain if basketball’s most famous middleman has been
whispering honest insights to friends or amping the anxiety of Cleveland
owner Dan Gilbert. Just know this: It wasn’t until Tom Thibodeau – who
swore he never again wanted an agent – signed with William Wesley’s CAA
that the Chicago Bulls grew serious about the coach’s candidacy.
Something pushed Bulls officials to get on a plane, fly to Los Angeles
on the eve of the NBA Finals and meet with the Boston Celtics assistant
coach. Within 48 hours, the Bulls had a deal for Thibodeau to become
their head coach. For several weeks, the Bulls had chances to interview
him. They never did. Just a year ago, Thibodeau couldn’t get offers from
the Sacramento Kings, Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia Sixers and
Minnesota Timberwolves. The Celtics see him as a career assistant and
wouldn’t even consider him as a candidate to replace Doc Rivers.
CLEVELAND, Ohio — One message has become quite clear since the
Cavaliers’ season ended just three weeks ago. Team owner Dan Gilbert is
not interested in status quo.
He’s fired the coach, accepted the resignation of the general manager
and there are no signs of stopping.
Gilbert has qualified these moves by saying he will not be afraid to
take risks. Or as he said Friday: "The unknown is just that."
Rudy Gay might not be a member of the proposed, star-studded free-agent
summit of 2010.
But he plans to be a heavyweight next season.
The Grizzlies’ soon-to-be restricted free agent forward has engaged in a
training regime earmarked for boxers since the regular season ended.
Gay, who is about to enter his fifth NBA season, has taken his offseason
workout to another level as he prepares for a USA Basketball training
camp next month and a possible maximum contract offer when free agency
begins July 1.
"I’m not fighting anyone," Gay said this weekend when reached by phone.
"I’m going through the training. There’s no more in-shape athlete than a