Tag:David Stern
Posted on: June 21, 2011 12:12 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 12:17 pm

Owners want a guarantee to profitability?

Posted by Royce Young

If you listen to, well, everyone, today is a massive day for NBA labor negotiations. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports the players will submit a new formal proposal, and the owners are expecting it to represent enough of a shift in their position to warrant further negotiation.

Good news. I think.

David Stern called Tuesday a "very important day for these negotiations."

Some of that is certainly posturing. But it's mostly real. The clock is ticking toward midnight and when it strikes on June 30, the league could be headed for its first summer work stoppage since 1998. That's a bad mark to put on a league that's built an incredible amount of momentum in the past season. To slap fans in the face with a lockout and conjure up conversations that go, "It's billionaires arguing with millionaires over money," isn't good for anyone. Owners, players, the league -- not anyone.

Will they advance along? It's probably unlikely. Giving in now doesn't put any stress on either side. Don't forget, both sides want something. And that something is money meaning this won't come easy. This isn't trading baseball cards with your friends. This is a labor negotiations and those can get ugly.

Whatever happens today, both sides will likely say, "Nope, not good enough" even if it's close. With a week to go until the CBA expires, there's still time to try and wring out a little more from the other side. The owners backed off guaranteed contracts and players have moved away a bit from taking in 57 percent of the league's basketball revenue. So there is some movement. There's progress, even if as Berger noted, the sides are "hundreds of millions" apart.

ESPN.com reported that the owners are making pretty hardline demands, putting the players in a tough position to negotiate.
"The owners are asking for a give that puts them in a place where they've never been, which is guaranteed profitability," said a source familiar with the dynamics of this particular negotiation and past labor talks. "The biggest problem is that it is unreasonable for owners to even ask for $400 million when they say they are losing $300 million, and thus far they are nowhere near lowering their demands down to the $400 million range. So it's a question of when will they get to a number that is reasonable?"
The owners want to guarantee profitability. Of course they do. Makes sense to me. Who wants to lose money? Owning an NBA franchise used to be more of a hobby thing, but it's a business now. Owners want to make money. It's not about having a real life fantasy team anymore.

But if you're negotiating to make absolutely certain you make money? That's where things get hung up. There's a fine line between guaranteeing profitabilty and guaranteeing profit. All they deserve is a system that presents a solid opportunity to make money, not one that makes it a rite of passage. You still have to be a good businessman. You still have to spend wisely. Just giving owners an erasable blank canvas that they can scribble all over and start anew when a bad $6 million contract goes awry (hello, Travis Outlaw) is just ridiculous.

Capitalism provides opportunity, not guarantees. If the latter is the mindset the owners have going into Tuesday's supposed D-Day talks, I don't see anyone getting anywhere. The system needs some fixing. Even the players understand that. They've made concessions already and will have to make some more eventually. The owners though like their money and think the players get way too much of it. That's probably true, but that's life as the check-signer.

The players get to make their money because they are the employees. At any company -- Microsoft, Wal-Mart, the small-time appliance store around the corner -- owners have to manage a payroll, expenses and everything else correctly and if they do, they'll make the biggest profit of all. Owners are in a system where they can't do that now. So that has to be fixed. But the only guarantee they need is the opportunity to do so.
Posted on: June 16, 2011 7:12 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2011 7:20 pm

NBA aces annual diversity report

The NBA scores an "A" on an annual survey of diversity in professional sports. Posted by Ben Golliver. david-stern

NBA commissioner David Stern and the owners might be failing in their ability to make progress in ongoing labor negotiations, but there's one area in which the NBA always passes with flying colors: diversity.

The Associated Press reports that the league, once again, has earned an "A" grade for gender and racial diversity in its hiring practices.
An annual report released Thursday by the University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport noted the NBA earned it's highest-ever combined grade of 92.2, reflecting an A-plus for race and A-minus for gender. That's up from the previous high of 91.5 in 2010, when it earned an A for race and A-minus for gender. 

The NBA remains the only men's pro sports league with a combined "A" for race and gender.

And the numbers aren't even close, according to the primary author of the 38-page report, Richard Lapchick. The report notes that 42 percent of the professional positions in the NBA office are held by women and 36 percent are filled by people of color - numbers Lapchick said speaks to strides the league has made under Commissioner David Stern.

"I think he would tell you they continue to try to get the best people for the job," said Lapchick, chair of the DeVos Sport Business Management Program at UCF and director of The Institute for Diversity of Ethics in Sport.

Given recent history, the grade and recognition don't come as surprises but they do serve as monster feathers in Stern's cap. While he is often painted as an authoritarian ruler, the league's track record on race and gender equality is unmatched. When it comes to hiring, the numbers don't lie. Assuming that an extended labor stoppage doesn't spoil his legacy, the strides in diversity will go down next to his shepharding of the league's globalization as the major accomplishments of the Stern era.   

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Tags: David Stern
Posted on: June 13, 2011 2:23 am
Edited on: June 13, 2011 1:53 pm

Photos: Mavs party with trophy on South Beach

The Dallas Mavericks celebrated on South Beach folllowing their win in the 2011 NBA Finals. Posted by Ben Golliver.

To the victors go the spoils.

The Dallas Mavericks won the 2011 NBA Finals on Sunday night, their first NBA title in franchise history, and they wasted no time celebrating the accomplishment.

Just hours after the final buzzer sounded on their 105-95 Game 6 victory over the Miami Heat, the Mavericks took their trophy to South Beach.

That's right: The Mavericks, led by owner Mark Cuban, Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki, guards Jason Terry and Jason Kidd, among others, celebrated the title with the Larry O'Brien trophy at South Beach nightclub LIV.

In case you were curious, Nightcure.com reports that LIV is a futuristic nightclub located inside Miami Beach's Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach.
With truly breathtaking decor, top class DJs, a state-of-the-art sound system, first class VIP service and some of the sexiest on-stage dancers you'll find in all of Florida, LIV nightclub simply cannot be beaten. It's amazing and will definitely impress even the pickiest of party-goers! LIV nightclub covers two floors and has three bars, a gigantic dance floor, gorgeous decor and a mesmerizing lighting system, which further enhances the upbeat party atmosphere. 
Here are a few photos of Dallas' South Beach celebration.




Posted on: June 13, 2011 1:27 am
Edited on: June 13, 2011 3:41 am

Not this year for the Heat, but they're not done

Posted by Royce Young

MIAMI -- It didn't finish the way it was supposed to for the Heat. "The Decision," the preseason celebration, the dancing, the talking, the predictions, the declarations, the arrogance -- it all looks downright stupid now.

The Dallas Mavericks just celebrated an NBA championship right in front of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. On their home floor, too.

The Mavs were the better team. They understood everything about winning. They understood the little things you have to do. Every player on the roster was available to contribute and, as an example, Ian Freaking Mahinmi played some seriously important minutes and made some big-time plays for them in Game 6.

That's what it takes to taste "The Moment." That's what it takes to be a champion. I think it's in the "How To Win A Championship Manual." Unlikely players come up huge in unlikely moments. The Heat were missing those moments, those players. It was supposed to be LeBron, Wade and Bosh. That was the master plan. But the Mavs showed that it's all about individual talent coming together to win as a group. As a team. Dallas made the plays, got the rebounds, got the stops and did enough to finish it off. They were just better.

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And as a result, they're the 2010-11 NBA champions.

But it ends there.

"We understand our goal is to win a championship," Wade said after the game. "We wasn't able to accomplish that Year One. But this ain't the end of the Miami Heat. We'll use this as motivation and come back and try to do this again."

That Year One was an experiment didn't finish quite right. But think back to the whole season the Heat just experienced. All those moments where people said, "See? They've got no chance!" The 9-8 start, the five-game losing streak, the struggles in crunch time. The supposed "bump," the talk of Pat Riley replacing Spoelstra, CryGate, all the ridiculous media stories covering every single move they made. They had a lot going on this first season.

Many felt that, in the preseason, in December and even in April, this Heat team wasn't built for a championship. LeBron and Wade weren't totally ready to play together. Chemistry was lacking. The roster didn't have enough depth. Figuring out how to win games was going to come with a little more time. Look back at the predictions in October. The Heat were not an odds-on favorite for the title or even to reach the Finals, despite of the power and talent assembled on the roster.

Lockout talk aside -- because who really wants to think about that right now -- this Heat team will have a next season. This wasn't a one and done deal. Really, if anyone had a window that was near shut, if anyone was having a now or never moment, it was the Mavs.

The future for the Heat is still as bright as any franchise in the league. Their outlook remains bright. Three great players, a terrific young coach, a smart guy in the front office, a solid owner and a lot of room to improve. Nothing says this team can't rip off a three-peat starting next season. Nothing says they will win it all, either. But the point is that the future is a blank canvas for the Heat.

The roster isn't perfect. There's work to be done. Erik Spoelstra said he could win with these guys, and he was almost right. But like every other team in the league, the Heat want to be better next season. Bosh, as he typically does, put it extremely well after the game.

"There's no hiding. In the NBA, you play a series, best of seven games, usually the better team is going to win. So we've got work to do," he said. "We have to go back to the drawing board. It hurts to come this far and come up short. It's disappointing, but hopefully we can use this as motivation going forward.

"Looking back on it, this was our first year. Absolutely we would like to have won it this year. But just being optimistic, looking forward, yeah, I mean, there's a bright spot, but we have to work and we have to develop the mindset to go get it.

Of course they missed a big opportunity. This season ends in disappointment instead of celebration. It's damn hard to get to the NBA Finals and they were there and didn't finish the job despite having two games to win at home. That's a killer. That opportunity doesn't come along very often.

But LeBron is 26. Wade is 29. Bosh is 27. They're all signed through 2014. Mike Miller, Udonis Haslem and Joel Anthony, too. A solid core is there. A core that was two wins away from an NBA title. To think this team is far off and won't ever get there is insane. That's one hell of a talented group in South Beach.

This championship run ended. It didn't finish as they had hoped, especially after that ludicrous welcome party almost a year ago. This wasn't the first in a run of not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six championships that LeBron promised.

But it's not over for this group. Not by a long shot. Get all your jokes and ha-has in now, because eventually, there's a good chance the Heat may have the last laugh.
Posted on: June 13, 2011 12:52 am
Edited on: June 13, 2011 5:05 am

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban swears on live TV

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban swears on live television following his team's 2011 NBA Finals win. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Disclaimer: The video in this post contains explicit language.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been silent for weeks. He ended that silence with a bang. And a bleep.

During a live postgame interview following the Mavericks' 105-95 Game 6 win over the Miami Heat -- a win that clinched the 2011 NBA title -- Cuban profanely praised his team's fans.

"As much as our fans are maligned, this and that," Cuban said. "Our fans just punked the sh*t out of the Miami fans. You know, literally, that's the only way you can say it."

Cuban's comment was in reference to a vocal gathering of Mavericks fans that attended Game 6 in Miami's American Airlines Arena.

Now, we all wait to see whether the FCC will fine Cuban or the television network more harshly or less harshly than the NBA has fined him for complaining about the league's officiating over the years.

Here's video of Mark Cuban's S-bomb on live television.

Posted on: June 13, 2011 12:44 am
Edited on: June 13, 2011 10:11 am

LeBron James tweets: God says it's not my time

Miami Heat forward LeBron James tweets that God said it's not his time to win an NBA title after losing the 2011 NBA Finals to the Dallas Mavericks. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Shortly after the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals, Heat forward LeBron James took to Twitter to explain what happened.

"The Greater Man upstairs knows when it's my time," James tweeted. "Right now isn't the time."


James finished with 21 points, four rebounds, six assists and six turnovers in 40 minutes in Game 6, as the Mavericks closed out the Heat, 4-2.

James, 26, is now 0-for-2 in NBA Finals trips. He also lost in the 2007 NBA Finals to the San Antonio Spurs as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. His Finals averages: 17.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 6.8 assists. For the postseason, James averaged 23.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 5.9 assists.

This loss will largely be pinned on his shoulders. The Heat entered the Finals as heavy favorites, with three of the best four players in the series in James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Nevertheless, Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki and a solid supporting cast that included Jason Terry, Shawn Marion and Jason Kidd pulled off the upset in stunning fashion, closing out the series in American Airlines Arena, Miami's homecourt.

Posted on: June 12, 2011 11:48 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2011 1:28 am

Chris Bosh emotional reaction to NBA Finals loss

Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh has an emotional reaction to losing the NBA Finals. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Following the Miami Heat's Game 6 loss to the Dallas Mavericks -- a loss that gave the Mavericks their first NBA title -- cameras caught Heat forward Chris Bosh collapsing under the emotional weight of the moment.

Bosh, heading to the tunnel, doubled over, clutching both of his knees as his teammates attended to him. He then fell to his knees and appeared to use his arms to brace himself against the ground as he collapsed. The camera cut back to the on-court scene, but later found Bosh again as he walked towards the Heat locker room. He wiped his face and staggered a bit, with Heat reserve center Erick Dampier consoling him with a hand around his waist.

Bosh finished with 19 points and eight rebounds in 39 minutes. For the Finals, Bosh averaged 18.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 39.8 minutes per game. 

The loss ended an emotional season for Bosh and the Heat, as he decided to join teammates Dwyane Wade and LeBron James in Miami rather than return to play for the Toronto Raptors, the only NBA team he had played for prior to this season.

Here's video of Bosh's emotional reaction to losing the 2011 NBA Finals. 

Posted on: June 12, 2011 11:25 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2011 1:32 am

Dan Gilbert tweet jabs Heat, LeBron

Posted by Royce Young

MIAMI -- Dan Gilbert made a promise after "The Decision."


So far, so good.

The Mavs topped the Heat in six games and, naturally, Gilbert had to speak up. Via Twitter, Gilbert said this:

I think we are all smart enough to deduce Gilbert's real message there. And it's not even in Comic Sans.

Gilbert has done a solid job keeping a muzzle on himself throughout the season after the initial crazy letter, but obviously he just couldn't hold back. I'm not sure I blame him either. He speaks for the entire organization and city that still feels the sting of LeBron's departure.

It's petty to rub salt in the wound of a fallen team, but again, I get it. And, really, Gilbert's right: There aren't shortcuts to a title. But it's definitely true that the Heat's path to a title is a lot shorter than the Cleveland's is right now.
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