Tag:David Stern
Posted on: February 18, 2011 11:44 am
Edited on: February 18, 2011 7:06 pm
 

Pictures: Jerry West statue unveiling

A statue for Los Angeles Lakers guard Jerry West was unveiled at Staples Center on Thursday. Posted by Ben Golliver.

During a ceremony on Thursday afternoon, a statue of legendary Los Angeles Lakers guard Jerry West was unveiled outside of the Staples Center.  The ceremony last for more than an hour, and included statements from NBA commissioner David Stern, legendary Boston Celtics center Bill Russell, legendary Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hall of Fame center Bill Walton, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak, Lakers owner Jerry Buss and appearances from Lakers great Magic Johnson, Lakers big man Pau Gasol, former Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis and Miami Heat president Pat Riley.  
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In typical L.A. fashion, fans and many media members were cordoned off from the ceremony and VIP seating areas. To accommodate hundreds of interested Lakers fans, many of whom showed up in West or other Lakers jerseys, the presentation was televised on a giant monitor on the side of the Staples Center. Lakers founds loudly cheered for the current and former Laker greats; some even booed Russell, who was given the President Medal of Freedom this week, when he was first introduced. (Later, when Rusesll rose to speak on West's behalf, he received polite applause.)

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After everyone - and I mean everyone - had a chance to honor West with personal vignettes and tributes to his importance as a player, executive and man, a curtain was dropped to reveal the statue, which shows West attacking off the dribble, in a pose similar to the NBA's logo.
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The statue, which organizers say weighs 1,500 pounds and stands almost 14 feet tall, joins similar statues previously dedicated to Magic Johnson, Wayne Gretzky, Chick Hearn and Oscar De La Hoya.
Posted on: February 18, 2011 1:07 am
Edited on: February 18, 2011 1:51 am
 

Stern talks Melo, lockout and Howard's future

Posted by Royce Young david-stern-jam-session

LOS ANGELES -- David Stern kicked off All-Star Weekend at the Thursday evening Jam Session, saying some nice things about the city, the convention center and whatever else. After he wrapped up there, he spoke with a handful of reporters and went over the usual itinerary. Collective bargaining, lockout, collective bargaining and more collective bargaining.

There will be a meeting Friday with even some big players showing up. But Stern said that it's not a negotiation session, but more of a "get together."

"What I'm really hoping the most relevant it could be is that both parties agree that we've got to get down to hard work," Stern said. "But with that many coming it's really more of a goodwill gesture and a show your resolve gesture for both sides."

Stern said the meeting is mainly because "the players really wanted it." He also said the original target was for Monday morning because as he put it, the league didn't want to turn it into a "sideshow." But that didn't work out logistically, so it'll be Friday.

In terms of a lockout, Stern said he wasn't pessimistic nor optimistic.

"We will get a deal done eventually. We would like very much to get a deal done before any damage is done but we'll see how that works," he said.

Stern was asked about the Carmelo Anthony situation and if it's kind of becoming a negative for the league. And Stern agreed.

"Yes. Honestly, it can't be helpful. We're getting to the place where the sport is so popular now and the ruminations about it in the media are so over the top, that if a player doesn't sign a new contract the speculation begins. In fact it's now gone to the next level. Poor Dwight Howard. He's out there playing his head off and the media's 'Oh where is he going next year?' What is that all about? It's ridiculous."

So the question was begged: Is there anything the league could do to help quell some of that speculation?

"I have some great ideas, but it would be less employment for the fifth estate," Stern joked. "It's what we live with. It's what we do."
Posted on: February 15, 2011 2:11 pm
 

Stern: Owners would consider Hornets contraction

Commissioner David Stern says that some owners would consider contracting the New Orleans Hornets, but feels that league will be succesful in keeping the team in New Orleans long-term. 
Posted by Matt Moore

In a lengthy interview with ESPN.com on Bill Simmons' podcast, David Stern today stated that there are owners in the NBA who "might share the view" that they should contract the Hornets. 

"I know that there are some owners who might share that view (that the Hornets should be contracted). But anything that we do gets done by the majority of the owners. All you're stating is a potential third option. But right now we are steaming full-speed ahead with every single possible way to make that team succesful in New Orleans, and I think we're going to succeed. We're going to make it unattractive to move it or contract it."


Stern, as usual, cloaks his statement in laywer-speak of the highest craft. The phrase "some owners who might share that view." Is that not the most slippery structure possible?  

The revelation is nothing too surprising.  Contraction talk has been floating for months. And with the owners now invested in a team that has not shown the capacity to keep itself afloat financially in its current market, there are going to be rumblings, particularly from the larger markets who won't want to support a losing asset in the face of the current economy.

But Stern makes the point that the owners have already made the decision to invest roughly $10 million each in the team. Contraction would mean losing the vast majority of that investment. You're not going to be able to liquidate tangible assets for an NBA team and recoup any significant amount of money. Why would they elect to just lose out on that money? At the same time, Stern also says the primary reason the league elected to step in and purchase the team wasn't a lack of buyers, but a lack of buyers that would keep the team in New Orleans. If the league is secretly planning to move the Hornets, they're going deep, deep underground with the plot.

The question of New Orleans as a viable market will continue until the ownership situation stabilizes. The question is: when's that going to be?
Posted on: February 8, 2011 10:46 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2011 10:49 pm
 

Najera: Kevin Garnett hits like a grandmother

Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett mixed it up again and, this time, his opponent took exception. Posted by Ben Golliver. kevin-garnett

On Monday, I did the unusual: I applauded Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson for flapping his gums, as he called out Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett for his recent shenanigans. I went on to wish that there were more NBA folks willing to stand up to Garnett's tired bullying routine. Last than 24 hours later: we've found two volunteers! A player and a long-time beat writer. 

During Monday night's game between the Celtics and the Charlotte Bobcats, Garnett elbowed veteran Bobcats big man Eduardo Najera in the face. Najera's response, according to the Charlotte Observer, was a little bit of face-to-face smack talk.
Celtics provocateur Kevin Garnett elbowed Bobcats forward Eddie Najera in the face late in this one. They went nose-to-nose. How did Najera respond? "I just told him he hits like my grandma,'' Najera recalled postgame.
In a follow-up piece, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer blasted off on Garnett, applauding Najera for standing up to Garnett and for speaking his mind after the game.
Garnett is a fraud. I’m not saying he isn’t a great player. I’m saying he only picks on people he thinks are weak. Call his bluff, and he backs off in this really wormy way.  Najera, who would be the first to say he’s way beyond his prime, stood up to Garnett’s B.S. Monday. When Garnett elbowed him in the mouth, Najera reminded him he’s no more tough than Najera’s grandma. That’s classic. I’d heard for years that Garnett is a phony, the bully who doesn’t know what to do when he’s called out. Good for Najera.
A grandma and a fraud in one night! This, my friends, is progress, another step in the sorely needed, league-wide Calling Out Kevin Garnett movement. I'm all for it. Maybe after a dozen or two more incidents, commisssioner David Stern will finally deem it necessary to flex his considerable muscle. 
Posted on: February 4, 2011 7:40 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2011 8:04 pm
 

David Stern names Kevin Love to NBA All-Star team

NBA commissioner David Stern has added Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love to the 2011 NBA All-Star team as an injury replacementyao-ming-kevin-lovefor Yao Ming. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Silly NBA fans: you voted Houston Rockets center Yao Ming into the Western Conference's starting lineup for the 2011 NBA All-Star game, even though he has only appeared in five games this season and is currently sidelined with a season-ending injury.

Thank goodness for NBA commissioner David Stern who stepped in to make things on Friday right by adding Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love to the team, in place of Yao.
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love has been named by NBA Commissioner David Stern to replace injured West All-Star center Yao Ming (stress fracture, left ankle) of the Houston Rockets in the 2011 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles. This is Love’s first All-Star Game selection. 
San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich, who earned the right to coach the West squad by virtue of the Spurs clinching the best record in the conference through games played Feb. 6, will determine who replaces Yao in the starting lineup. 
As we noted yesterday, Love was one of the most high-profile snubs left off the original All-Star reserve lists. And, as we noted this morning, Love was pretty disappointed that he had been left off the list.

Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash was reportedly one of the favorites to replace Yao, and Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis and Memphis Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph were also said to have been finalists.

The Timberwolves actively campaigned on Love's behalf, releasing a viral campaign video with a cologne theme, entitled "Numb#rs."

Love, a third-year forward out of UCLA, is averaging 21.4 points and an NBA-best 15.5 rebounds per game. 

The 2011 NBA All-Star game will be played at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on Feb. 20.
Posted on: February 4, 2011 6:46 pm
 

Cuban wouldn't want to be David Stern

Posted by Royce Young

Mark Cuban has never been shy about expressing his feelings or thoughts. It why a lot love him and why a lot hate him.

The feeling has always been that Cuban is a thorn in David Stern's side and someone that butts heads with the league. But in an interview recently on Dan Patrick's radio show, Cuban gave big props to Stern and when asked if he would like to be commissioner, Cuban said no way.
"No. I don’t have the personality. I don’t have the patience. I am not a fan of compromise. David does a really good job of dealing with all of the different personalities, being able to find compromise, being able to find a happy medium, and that is just not me…

I think he does a great job actually. If someone like me came in and said something I would be like, 'Are you an idiot?' The commissioner can’t just say that. 'Oh what a great idea. Let me consider it and take it under advisement.'"
I think that is one of the best quotes I've ever read from Cuban. Especially the "I am not a fan compromise" part. It's the truth of what makes Stern so incredibly good at what he does. He hears all stories, all ideas and all opinions. He never jumps too quickly to a decision and definitely gives a voice to the owners and players.

Plus, he handles every question and every interview as well as you possibly can. Cuban would be a fun commissioner, but a horrible one. He's right about that part.

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Posted on: January 22, 2011 3:30 pm
Edited on: January 22, 2011 3:38 pm
 

Phil Jackson co-signs Jeanie Buss on contraction

Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson agrees with his girlfriend, Jeanie Buss, on the idea of NBA contraction. Posted by Ben Golliver. jeanie-buss

Back on Thursday, we noted a report that Los Angeles Lakers executive vice president for busineses affairs Jeanie Buss said that she believed the NBA needed to consider contraction, eliminating a few lesser-profitable teams so that the league as a whole would be in better financial shape.

Asked by ESPNLA.com for his reaction to the comments, Lakers coach and Buss' boyfriend Phil Jackson first blamed NBA commissioner David Stern for the idea and then took it a step further, suggesting that reducing the NBA from 30 teams to 24 teams sounded good to him.
"I think that's what the commissioner said so I think she's probably parroting what the commissioner said," Jackson said. When asked for his thoughts about contraction, Jackson said, "I will parrot what both of them said" before expanding on the thought.
"I think [the league has] some parameters that they want to meet in some of the markets," Jackson said. "I think they'll set up some goals that way and I think that will be a helpful thing for the league. Taking New Orleans for example, they had to meet a certain number of ticket holders for them to come in the league, so there are some parameters that are important."

"You like to have six in the division and 24 is really a great number [of teams] at one time," Jackson said.
As we noted back on Thursday, these comments from a big-market, high-profile league mainstay are like fingernails on a chalkboard for small-market teams and their employees heading into the labor talks. While contraction is a direct threat to the players' position as it represents a loss of roster spots and jobs, hundreds of other team employees would be looking at job losses as well. In that light, contraction talk is not just owners vs. players, it's rich owners vs. poor owners. 

When push comes to shove, it's unlikely that a majority of NBA owners would support contracting some of their brethren, especially given the ever-present alternatives of relocation and/or new foreign ownership. In the meantime, though, contraction becomes a huge elephant in the room when the owners meet to negotiate with the players, because the owners aren't presenting a unified stance on such a key issue.
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Posted on: January 20, 2011 7:14 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2011 9:05 pm
 

Lakers exec Jeanie Buss floats NBA contraction

Los Angeles Lakers executive vice president for business affairs Jeanie Buss says the NBA should consider contraction. Posted by Ben Golliver.jeannie-buss

Good news, LeBron James: Phil Jackson's significant other totally co-signs your thoughts on contraction!

In a feature piece posted on the Wall Street Journal's website , Los Angeles Lakers executive vice president for business affairs Jeanie Buss said that she believes the NBA may need to consider contracting franchises, focusing on those that are struggling financially.
As a result, Ms. Buss even mentioned in an interview with the Journal that the NBA should consider getting smaller by folding some of its weaker franchises in poorly performing markets.
“I would hate to see us lose teams, but I think contraction is something we have to consider,” Ms. Buss said. “We may be in some markets we shouldn’t be in.”

In a sign of what Ms. Buss will be in for over the coming months, an official with the the NBA’s players union seized on her statements and said the issue of contraction was “clearly dividing the owners.”

“If the owners are not on the same page it will make it that much more difficult to get a collective bargaining agreement,” the official said.
Jackson made somewhat similar headlines in December when he said he wasn't happy about the NBA stepping in to purchase the struggling New Orleans Hornets. Jackson's comments were more directed at relocating the Hornets rather than folding them, though, so Buss goes further here.

Miami Heat forward LeBron James, of course, caused a national media tidal wave in December when he said the NBA should consider eliminating some teams so that it could get back to the league's glory days of the 1980s.

It's understandable that an executive from a large-market, highly-profitable, luxury-tax paying team would view contraction as a step in their best interest and in the best interest of the league. It is somewhat surprising, though, that these comments would be made publicly, as team executives are usually loathe to comment on hot-button CBA topics for fear of fines from commissioner David Stern's office, and many view negotiating in public as detrimental to the overall cause.

What's even more interesting is that Lakers owner Jerry Buss, Jeanie's father, said in November that he would support increased revenue sharing, a policy that would obviously make things easier financially for small-market teams and, by extension, make contraction less likely. 

Where does this leave us? Well, it's the first public internal fissure in ownership's position, as small-market owners league-wide obviously cannot support these comments. The Players' Association made a thorough effort to bring James back into the fold after his contraction statements; it will be intriguing to watch how the league office and the NBA's other owners respond to Buss's declaration.
 
 
 
 
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