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Posted on: July 14, 2011 2:30 pm
Edited on: July 25, 2011 1:40 pm
 

NBA warns Michael Jordan not to golf with players

Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan would reportedly face a $1 million fine for golfing with NBA players. Posted by Ben Golliver.

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Losing seven figures on a golf course. Just another weekend for NBA legend and notorious gambler Michael Jordan, right? 

Not quite. This million dollar hit comes with a twist: the NBA would be pocketing the cash.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that Jordan, owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, is scheduled to play in the American Century Classic celebrity golf tournament. The only problem? So are a handful of NBA players, and the league has made it clear that team executives are not to have any contact with players during the ongoing lockout unless they're willing to stomach a $1 million fine. 
Jordan, who became the first former player to own an NBA team when he purchased the Charlotte Bobcats outright last year, faces a fine of $1 million if he plays a round of golf at the ACC with a current NBA player.

Jordan called the NBA on Tuesday to check in, and the NBA confirmed he would be fined if he played with a current NBA player.
The tournament's website notes that Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen, Sacramento Kings guard Jimmer Fredette, Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd and New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams are all scheduled to participate.

Again, the rule comes off a bit silly and petty, but it's the rule. A round of golf would represent hours of contact and there is sure to be plenty of media in attendance. Two guys yucking it up as they putt out doesn't quite jive with the league's public blackout policy towards its player institute on July 1. 

This warning to Jordan is the latest in a string of potentially fineable situations involving team employees and current players.

Earlier this week, we noted a report that Portland Trail Blazers Acting GM Chad Buchanan was warned for comments made about Las Vegas Summer League. Also this week, Minnesota Timberwolves president David Kahn called a press conference to fire coach Kurt Rambis and mentioned multiple players during the question-and-answer session with media members. And, on Wednesday night, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban attended the ESPYs with his team, although the league clarified that the contact had been pre-approved on the condition that no league business or CBA discussion would take place.

Since the lockout began on July 1, the NBA has yet to publicly issue a fine to a team executive who violates its gag order policy. 

Hat tip: Ball Don't Lie
Posted on: July 14, 2011 1:14 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 1:20 pm
 

Jason Richardson eyes a contender in free agency

Posted by Royce Young



One of the top targets in free agency -- whenever it happens -- for a lot of teams is guard Jason Richardson. He's unrestricted and at 30 yeard old, still should have a good number of years left in him.

He finished last season playing for the Magic and while he had trouble finding a solid role for the team, he's still going to be a valuable pickup for somebody. He isn't going to land anything near the $14.4 million he made in the final year of his deal, but he recognizes that and is fine with it.

"I want to go to a great place for my family," Richardson told the Saginaw News. "I've been blessed by God to play in the NBA for a lot of money. I'd like to go someplace that has a chance to win a championship.

"I probably have five or six seasons left in the NBA, so I want to go somewhere I can stay."

Hard not to appreciate a player that understands a window might be closing and that money isn't necessarily the most important part to having a fulfilling career. Like Richardson said, he doesn't have a lot of run left in him so going to a rebuilding situation just for money probably doesn't interest him.

So what are his best options? Here are three:

1. Chicago Bulls: The Bulls are definitely in the market for a scoring option next to Derrick Rose. Keith Bogans was a fine defensive stopper and occasional 3-point threat, but as the series against the Heat showed, Rose can't do it all. He needs wing scoring help. He needs not just a shooter to kick to, but a guy that defenses have to worry about. Richardson would fit nicely in between Rose and Luol Deng. The question is, will the Bulls have the space to sign him? And if not, just how serious is Richardson about this not-in-it-for-the-money thing?

2. Orlando Magic: He could just re-sign with Orlando. The hiccup there is that if he signs long-term, the Magic could quickly go from contender to rebuilding depending on what Dwight Howard does. The Magic are built to at least make a push and he fits pretty well in there as a second or third scoring option. He'd have to take a cut in pay and be willing to risk the future a bit depending on other decisions.

3. Dallas Mavericks: Maybe the ideal situation for J-Rich. A lot of this depends on what Dallas does with Caron Butler, J.J. Barea and DeShawn Stevenson, but the Mavs could easily move on from one, two or even all three and bring in Richardson. And even pay him decently. With Butler's injury concerns, the Mavs might be hesitant about bringing him back and Richardson could certainly fit in well to the Maverick starting five. The Mavs don't have the window open for too much longer, but definitely for at least three or four more seasons.


Posted on: July 13, 2011 11:48 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 12:16 pm
 

Video: Cuban hanging with Mavs players

Posted by Royce Young



UPDATE: Via NBA PR, the league cleared Cuban's appearance and interaction with the Mavericks at the ESPYs prior to the event on the condition no business or CBA talking went on. So there won't be a fine.

The NBA has been very straightforward about its "no contact" policy regarding the lockout. Not only did it scrub NBA.com of the existence of players, but there's been an imposed gag order on owners, coaches and front office personnel regarding contact with players.

It's evidently so serious that acting Portland general manager Chad Buchanan nearly got fined $1 million for just answering "Yeah" to a question about Summer League.

So when Mark Cuban started hugging, fiving and chatting it up with his Maverick players at the ESPYs, naturally you'd have to assume the league might be sending Cuban a bill soon.

"You do have the checks so you can pay the fine," joked Jason Kidd. "It's just a million dollars." I couldn't tell if he was joking or not with that last part though.

Being fined isn't anything new for Cuban, though, who is easily the most tagged owner in league history. He's been fined in the double-digit millions, so adding on another seven-digit fine probably isn't too much for him to blink at. Especially when it came because his team was accepting yet another trophy.

I'm sure he'll pay this one with a smile. That is, if the league does indeed hand him one.
Posted on: July 13, 2011 3:30 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2011 3:53 pm
 

Dwyane Wade: NBA Finals loss still 'stings'

Miami Heat All-Star guard Dwyane Wade says his team's NBA Finals loss still "stings." Posted by Ben Golliver.

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The thrill of victory. The agony of defeat.

On Tuesday, we listened intently as Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban recounted the final moments of his team's 2011 NBA title victory over the Miami Heat.

Now, we get to revel in Miami Heat All-Star guard Dwyane Wade's pain thanks to the Sun-Sentinel.
"The sting is always going to be there when you lose," he said. "Obviously, it was my first time ever losing the Finals. The sting is there, no question about it. I joke with the kids. I said, 'All right, I'm going to make jokes about it. You guys are not going to ask me the question.' Because the first thing, when they ask questions, they want to know stuff. I make sure I shed some light on it in a sense-of-humor type of way, but the sting is there.
Wade went so far as to say he has avoided sports television so that he doesn't accidentally stumble upon basketball.
"I haven't watched ESPN in a long time," Wade said Wednesday morning, amid his youth basketball camp at Nova Southeastern University. "Sorry ESPN. I love the network and all. It's still hard to watch basketball. I'm used to basketball coming on any time, I'll have it tuned in."
For those who rolled their eyes when the Heat held their preseason parade and wanted to vomit when Wade and LeBron James mocked Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, Wade's description of his uncomfortable offseason is music to the ears.

For those expecting even more from the Big 3 in Miami in Year 2, these are welcome quotes too. Wade is already one of the most driven athletes in the league, but pain, properly channeled, can serve as excellent motivation.

Posted on: July 12, 2011 6:04 pm
Edited on: July 12, 2011 7:20 pm
 

Mark Cuban: I didn't want to jinx Mavericks title

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban writes about his team's 2011 NBA title. Posted by Ben Golliver. mark-cuban-cry

Over the years, we've listened as Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban theorized about technology, bashed the media, questioned the NBA's officiating, exchanged trash talk with opposing coaches and players, promoted his television network and all the rest of it.

He's been a non-stop quote machine, offering bluster and brilliance interchangeably. But during the Mavericks' run to the 2011 NBA title, Cuban clammed up, taking a backseat so that he wouldn't be a distraction to his coaching staff and players.

We saw plenty of pictures of him clutching the Larry O'Brien trophy and we heard him extol the virtues of Mavericks fans, but we never got a really thorough, personal account of what it meant to win his first NBA title.

That is, until Tuesday, when Cuban wrote a blog post, titled "Tremendous," in which he recounts his thoughts and feelings as Dallas defeated the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. 
For me, the entire season came down to the last 90 seconds of Game 6.  Our clinching game. I can’t even begin to tell you all the emotions I experienced in the course of those 90 seconds.

You see, I refused to let myself think we were going to win. I refused to get ahead of the game. Too many times I had seen games get away from our team. Too many times I had seen our team snatch away what the other side thought was a sure win.  We had come from way behind to win games in every series in this playoff run. If we could do it to them, they could do it to us.  In my mind, if I even began to think that a win was a certainty, I would jinx us.

It wasn’t until there were about 90 seconds left in Game 6 that I let myself accept that we were going to be World Champs. In the video below, you can see me screaming.   That’s me letting out 8 months of stress. That’s me releasing every doubt I had. Every dumb*** superstition I had.  That’s me transitioning from “I know we can, I hope we can” to “We are the Champions”  It’s me feeling joy for every guy wearing a Mavs uniform and every Mavs fan around the world that had to be feeling just as happy as I was.
Cuban is polarizing. He gets booed and cheered for his involvement and honesty. Here, he is at his best: Direct, honest and emotional, leaving out the snark, spitefulness and pettiness that so often serves as a lightning rod. It's not often that we get such unfettered access to what it's like to win an NBA title from a team's owner. We've watched the joyous celebrations, but it's nice to read about them too.
Posted on: July 10, 2011 5:22 pm
Edited on: July 10, 2011 5:38 pm
 

What teams risk in a lockout: Southwest Division

Posted by Royce Young



Talk of losing an entire NBA season is a bit ridiculous. But it's a possibility. And with all this hardline talk going on, it seems like neither the players nor the owners are wanting to budge. There's incentive for teams to get a deal done and not just for the money, but because a year without basketball and more importantly, basketball operations, could greatly affect each and every NBA franchise.

Earlier, we took a look at the Southeast, Atlantic and Central Divisions. Let's continue on with the rough and tumble, yet aging, Southwest Division.

New Orleans Hornets

The Hornets easily present the most interesting lockout case of any team in my mind. First off, the league owns them. Secondly, and related to that, Chris Paul is a free agent in 2012. The league took on the responsibility of the Hornets because David Stern wasn't about to see a franchise lost on his watch and wants to do everything he can to keep the team there.

But a prolonged lockout resulting in a lost season really might end professional basketball in New Orleans. Chris Paul would have the ability to walk with the Hornets never having an chance to get anything in return, meaning the one draw the team has could be gone and the already struggling franchise might not have anything to show for his exit. On top of that, David West opted out and is an unrestricted free agent currently. So not only could the roster be entirely turned over, the already suspect fanbase might take another blow.

Now of course if Stern and the owners can negotiate a deal that makes a franchise like the Hornets profitable no matter what, then the league can sell the team and potentially pocket a bit. That's obviously something in the back of Stern's mind. The Hornets really make this lockout all the more intriguing because now Stern has a stake in things directly. He's not just the mediator trying to produce a good system for his league, but he's an owner too now.

Dallas Mavericks

Here's one benefit of a prolonged lockout: The Mavs get to be champs for two years instead of one. Bonus? I don't think they'd think so. Especially because the window the Mavs have to remain serious contenders isn't going to stay open much longer. Dirk is aging, Jason Kidd is like 78 and there are a bunch of questions surrounding players like Tyson Chandler, Caron Butler and J.J. Barea.

Mark Cuban is a big market owner, but I can see him as someone leaning toward making sure there is basketball over the owners guaranteeing profits. He's a fan first and foremost and he's tasted the top of the mountain. Granted, he gets the chance to soak it up a little longer, but if he wants his roster to keep going, losing a year might be the beginning of the end for the current Mavs.

San Antonio Spurs

There's no hiding that the Spurs are getting older. A year lost means another year tacked on to Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. A year lost means Gregg Popovich gets a little older and as the longest tenured coach in the league, he might not have many left. The Spurs have a fanbase that will absolutely return in force and Peter Holt is maybe the finest owner in the league, especially in terms of managing a small market franchise, but I'm sure a year of lost basketball isn't something that sits well.

Holt obviously would love a system that levels the playing field a bit and helps smaller markets on the road to basking in the same light the Lakers, Bulls and Knicks get, but basketball is a priority in San Antonio. The window won't be open much longer. Even Tony Parker acknowledged that. And that roster still wants to try and make one more run at it all.

Memphis Grizzlies
Really, Michael Heisley probably isn't all that terrified from losing a season. He's a small market owner who has spent big as of late and saving money on Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph and Mike Conley isn't all bad for him. The core of the team, sans Marc Gasol, is all locked up long-term so while a lost season would mean missing out on all the positive movement and momentum from last season, there's still a lot of opportunity ahead for Memphis.

Still, it's a risk to mess with a potentially fragile fanbase like the Grizzlies'. The FedEx Forum has never been known to be full, but during the postseason run, the Grizzlies emerged with one of the most passionate, loyal crowds in the league. There's clearly something working right now and Heisley and the Grizzlies don't want to jade and sour those fans that have come around by damaging all that goodwill they worked so hard to build.

Houston Rockets
Hard for me to guess how the Rockets see this thing. They are an in-between franchise, not necessarily small market but not big either. Their roster is set up to withstand a lockout and return with good pieces intact. They don't have any major lingering free agents of concern.

What I think would scare them a bit though is missing out on the opportunity to compete in the trade market for players like Dwight Howard, Chris Paul and Deron Williams all season long though. The Rockets have quality trade pieces and good assets to dangle in front of teams and I'm sure Daryl Morey would have some interesting proposals to make. Sure there's always 2012's free agency but opening it up to that puts the Rockets a bit behind the other, more intriguing, brighter markets. A sign-and-trade might be their best chance to land that superstar player Morey so desperately wants.
Posted on: July 10, 2011 12:07 pm
Edited on: July 10, 2011 1:14 pm
 

Ron Artest does stand-up comedy video

Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest does stand-up comedy in a video. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Note: Please be advised this post included references to profanity. 

The NBA lockout is well into its second week, and the players have responded in many different ways: signing to play in Turkey, hosting summer camps and, of course, planking.

True to form, Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest, who recently changed his name to Metta WorldPeace, did something different.  He took the stage at the Hollywood Improv to perform some stand-up comedy to kick off "Ron Artest's Ultimate Comedy Tour." 

The Los Angeles Times captured a portion of his act on video, which involved a question-and-answer format. WorldPeace was asked, "What did you learn from the brawl in Detroit?"

WorldPeace replied, "It seems like you want me to answer that one," he said with a smile. "I didn't learn s***. I just smacked [J.J.] Barea and f****** got suspended. That's why I changed my name to Metta. Next year, there will be peace."

Artest, of course, was referencing the clothesline he gave to Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea during Game 2 of the second round of the Western Conference playoffs, a foul that earned him a suspension for Game 3. The Mavericks, who went on to win the 2011 NBA title, went on to sweep the Lakers out in four games.

Here's a look at the video courtesy of YouTube user LosAngelesTimes.


Posted on: July 7, 2011 2:58 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 3:11 pm
 

Jason Terry is STILL running his mouth at LeBron

Posted by Matt Moore

LeBron James is currently locked out of his job, and he's still getting barbs thrown at him over his stupid post-game comments after Game 6. Jason Terry was at a Reebok camp this week and spoke about James' comment that basically put down "the little people." 

From ZagsBlog.com:
“Well, my normal little life just got a little bigger, so I thank him for that,” the Dallas Mavericks guard said Wednesday at the Reebok Breakout Challenge at Philadelphia University. Terry was responding to James’ controversial comment after the Mavericks beat the Miami Heat in six games to win the NBA title.
via Jason Terry Answers LeBron’s NBA Finals Comment | ZagsBlog.com.

Terry pretty much lived off of tweaking James and the Heat during the Finals, and his trash-talking helped spark the Mavericks as they won three straight games to finish off the Heat. In a hilarious twist, it was the Heat who constantly came off as arrogant in contrast and bombastic in their celebrations against a man who pretends to be an airplane routinely on the court. 

James, of course, said that he wasn't trying to say he is superior when he made the comments after the Mavs secured their championship. No one, of course, believed him.
 
 
 
 
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