Tag:David Stern
Posted on: November 16, 2010 10:58 am

David Stern appears on the Colbert Report

Posted by Royce Young

Monday, David Stern appeard on the "Colbert Report" and in his infinite David Stern-ness, was extremely clever while being at the same time being extremely serious. Nobody balances that line better than Stern.

Stern didn't make a joke out of the interview, instead answering Colbert's question honestly. Which is one thing I love about Stern. He's pretty straightforward. For example, Colbert asked him what the most popular sport in America was and even tried to finish Stern's sentence with the NBA. But Stern was truthful, saying it's football.

I was really hoping Colbert would hammer Stern good on lockout questions, but it was really something that was glossed over. Probably largely because Colbert didn't necessarily know that much about it and didn't have a good idea how to follow up. Anyway, fun to see Stern on there and if I'm giving him a grade, I'd say he gets a B-plus.

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Category: NBA
Posted on: November 15, 2010 8:09 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:46 pm

Shootaround 11.15.10: Suns scorch Lakers

The Phoenix Suns get red hot from outside, Ken Berger checks in with the latest CBA negotiation updates, Evan Turner dorks out again, the Randy Foye / Brandon Roy 2006 draft night trade gets a second look, and a whole lot more. 

Posted by Ben Golliver
  • CBSSports.com's Ken Berger with the latest on the NBA's collective bargaining negotiations: "Commissioner David Stern and deputy commissioner Adam Silver will match wits with union chief Billy Hunter and president Derek Fisher of the Lakers on Thursday, Fisher told CBSSports.com. Fisher, who will be in Minneapolis on an off-day during the Lakers' road trip through the Midwest, will participate via conference call."
  • Denver forward Gary Forbes has been the subject of lots of Twitter jokes because his name sounds more like an investment advisor's rather than an NBA player's, but he's been a nice early spark for the Nuggets. Nuggets.com offers a nice profile, and discusses his battle with Type 1 diabetes.   
  • This video won't help Philadelphia 76ers rookie Evan Turner's cause against his critics, who hammer on his nerdiness. Turner sits in a dark room and discusses his basketball cards. "Did you collect cards as a kid?," Turner is asked. "I sure did," Turner replies. "I collected a lot of them." Steve Urkel status. Told that one of his rookie cards is worth $120, Turner replies, "That's a cool thing. I just hope the value doesn't drop." Get excited, Philly!
  • ESPN Radio "personality" Colin Cowherd, who has been immensely critical of Washington Wizards point guard John Wall for his pre-game dancing and supposed lack of leadership qualities, "has sold his life story to CBS for a sitcom deal," reports HollywoodReporter.com.
  • Way back during the 2006 NBA draft, the Portland Trail Blazers thought they got a steal when they traded Randy Foye to Minnesota for Brandon Roy. Moves like this by general manager Kevin Pritchard earned the term "Pritchslap" in Portland. But StarTribune.com notes that Minnesota was willing to do the deal, in part, because of concerns over Roy's knee. "One of the reasons the Wolves traded Roy for Foye and cash is their doctors deemed Roy's knees too much of a risk. Now, Roy is struggling with his health -- his left knee, in particular -- and he suggested recently that his most athletic days are behind him." Roy did more in his first four years in the league than Foye will do in his entire career, but his recent injury struggles are casting the trade in a new light. 
  • ESPN.com reports that second-year New Orleans guard Marcus Thornton, who was recently placed on the inactive list because the Hornets have brought in so many other guards, may be on the trading block. "The Hornets aren't eager to part with the 23-year-old, but word is they are prepared to do so if a suitable offer materializes. One problem, though, is that Thornton on his own can't bring much back in return since he's making only $762,195 this season. The flip side: Thornton will undoubtedly appeal to several teams because he produced like a starter as a rook and costs so little."
  • In other New Orleans Hornets end of the bench news, forward Joe Alexander got waived, reports Nola.com. “Joe was in a tough spot,” [Hornets coach Monty] Williams said. “He didn’t get a chance to play as much, and I just felt like he was going to need to go somewhere else and play so he could further his career.
Posted on: November 5, 2010 11:30 am
Edited on: November 5, 2010 11:33 am

Isiah Thomas and reality are not friends

Isiah Thomas says he would have lured LeBron, wants his old job back, and is advising key NBA players. We weep for the future.
Posted by Matt Moore

Good morning, Knicks fans. Feeling good about that big win over the Bulls last night? Pretty great, huh? Yup, look's like that awful period in Knicks history is over.

Or... not.


From ESPN :
Isiah believes he can recruit James out of Miami and into Madison Square Garden in 2014. Isiah believes that, with or without James, he will someday help the Knicks win their first NBA title since 1973.
Yes, Knicks fans. That would be Isiah. Back in action. In a lengthy interview with ESPN New York, Thomas talks about his time with the Knicks, about how he'll put his draft record up against anyone (Renaldo Balkman for the win!), about how two of the players he brought in were All-Stars last year (on different teams, but who's quibbling?), and about how, yes, he wants the gig back. He talks about replacing Donnie Walsh. He talks about advising "a lot of players" including Carmelo Anthony. And he talks about the Big 3 as if he's hanging out with them on the Heat sideline.
"I do find it ironic that we all ended up here in Miami instead of us all ending up in New York," Thomas said. "But it's a four-year deal."
So there's that. Isiah plans on retaking his rightful throne as head of the Knicks, luring LeBron away in 2014 (when he's approaching 30) and fulfilling his destiny. If it sounds prophetic, that's because it's insane.

The Knicks just got through dishing the last draft pick they needed that Thomas traded. They still have to get Eddy Curry off the books (still!) . They're just now reaching some level of contention with the new regime after a half decade of utter disaster under Thomas. Thomas' problems went beyond just the sexual harrassment case (think of how many sentences in the English statement begin with that precursor), the drafting which looked good at the time and looks worse in retrospect, the terrible contracts and dismal on-court performance. It was the total and complete failure at all levels.

And the guy wants his gig back, and believes not only that he would have been succesful in drawing James et al if he had been in charge, but that if given the job back, he'll be successful in 2014.

Oh, Isiah. How we've missed you.

Ken Berger will have more on this situation tonight from Madison Square Garden.

Posted on: October 29, 2010 1:12 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:13 pm

Golden State Warriors sale delayed again

The sale of the Golden State Warriors has reportedly been delayed again. Posted by Ben Gollivermonta-ellis The Golden State Warriors have been known, first and foremost, for their insane pace, eschewing defense for run-and-gun fun. But when it comes to the franchise's sale, things are moving glacially. Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com reports that Joe Lacob, who agreed to purchase the Warriors from previous owner Chris Cohan over the summer, will not officially complete the transaction and transfer of power on Friday, as previously expected. 
Well, turns out Joe Lacob isn’t going to be the owner of the Warriors by Friday, which was something NBA commissioner David Stern had wanted.   Looks like it’s going to be November.  
Steinmetz also notes that the official deadline for the deal is Dec. 31, but that eveything appears to be "on track."   Speaking of on track, the Warriors started the season off in impressive fashion, running past the Houston Rockets 132-128, thanks to a career-high 46 points from guard Monta Ellis.  It's now been three and a half months since the sale agreement was announced as "official." If only Ellis could help Lacob get this process back in the fast lane. 
Posted on: October 27, 2010 7:42 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:11 pm

Owner Glen Taylor: Timberwolves not contracting

Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor says his organization will not be a victim of NBA contraction. Posted by Ben Golliverglen-taylor We've followed the issue of potential NBA contraction closely in this space, and roughly a week after the possibility of reducing the number of teams in the NBA was first floated, it's still not clear which teams would be in the crosshairs. The obvious candidates are those teams in most desperate shape financially or those in small markets that struggle to support a professional sports team. Already, we've noted that owners for both the Sacramento Kings (here) and the Memphis Grizzlies (here) have said their teams will not be contracted. Another franchise that is often linked to contraction is the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Timberwolves have struggled to put out a winning product and season ticket sales aren't exactly robust in a market that is football, football, football.  Jerry Zgoda of StarTribune.com reports on Twitter that Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, who is involved in the current labor negotiations, distanced his franchise from the contraction talk. "I can say Minnesota is not one of the teams that would be contracted," Taylor is quoted saying by Zgoda. So while contraction is being discussed, everyone, including NBA commissioner David Stern, acknowledges, it appears none of the likeliest suspects feel any concern about the possibility that they will go under. In other words, this is inching closer and closer to "idle threat" territory, if we're not there already.
Posted on: October 26, 2010 6:10 pm

League will investigate Knicks report

League will investigate allegations of illegal draft workouts. Posted by Matt Moore

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that the league will investigate the report from Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski this afternoon that the New York Knicks egregiously and repeatedly violated league rules concerning pre-draft workouts, according to a league spokesman. As we discussed earlier , if the allegations are true, the league will be in a sticky place with the Knicks due to the level to which they've mortgaged their future already.

The Knicks have left the office with very little room if this is on target, but at the same time, the league's also been instrumental in trying to guide the franchise back to health. It needs its biggest and best market's team to be competitive, to be succesful, and to not be stuck in purgatory for another ten years as it was under Isiah Thomas. What's worse, the regime put in place after consulting with Stern's office, featuring Donnie Walsh, was complicit in these repeated violations. This is a massively complicated sticky for the league which managed the storm of the Donaghy scandal admirably.

A seven-figure fine as suggested by our own Ben Golliver earlier, along with the loss of multiple first round draft picks? Wouldn't really hurt the Knicks. They've already sent off multiple picks to clear space for a free agent that didn't come, and their future plans still hinge on their draw as a free agent locale and trade opportunities. And the Knicks make money when their team is horrible. A fine unless it's eight figures, isn't going to even touch this franchise.

This one could get much messier, much faster. And, you know, not like David Stern's got anything else going on... with the CBA. And lockout. And stuff.


Posted on: October 26, 2010 2:50 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:06 pm

How should the NBA punish the Knicks?

The New York Knicks reportedly made repeated illegal contact with college players. Assuming the allegations are true, whatdavid-stern  punishment from the NBA is appropriate? Posted by Ben Golliver Earlier, we noted a Yahoo! Sports report  that quotes multiple players saying that they illegally worked out with a New York Knicks scout prior to the draft period.  Surely, executives and scouts throughout the NBA work the corners of the permissible contact guidelines, looking to achieve the slightest of competitive advantages by improving their intel on draft-eligible players. Stories are told about this or that executive watching a workout that he wasn't supposed to, and the NBA has already levied large fines and suspensions in the past in the most innocuous of cases, including Denver Nuggets coach George Karl sitting in on a workout that included his own son Coby . But there are a number of aspects to the Yahoo! report that should lead NBA Commissioner David Stern and the league office to throw the book at the Knicks, assuming the allegations are true.
  • First, the repeated contact. By illegally contacting multiple players over multiple years, the Knicks can't plead ignorance or "this was a one time thing". The allegations reveal a pattern of illegal behavior, which violates not only the league's Collective Bargaining Agreement but also even the most minimal attempt at fair play. The result is a serious black eye for the league and 29 other ticked off teams.
  • Second, allegations of contact with a player the team eventually drafted. A bad situation for the Knicks gets infinitely worse here because it involves Wilson Chandler, a player the team drafted after he was illegally worked out and who continues to play for the Knicks today. By contacting Chandler before the 2007 draft as alleged, the Knicks not only received a competitive advantage during the draft process, they continued to benefit from that competitive advantage every time he plays a game. While Chandler might not be a star player, he's averaged double figures over the course of a three-year career with the Knicks. Are we really supposed to believe there was no connection between the workouts and the eventual draft pick? Chandler's selection implicates Knicks management (and potentially its ownership and coaching staff, basically anyone that was in the draft war room) in this mess, undercutting any "rogue scout" excuse.
  • Third, the fact that Brandon Rush was injured during one of the illegal workouts, and apparently lied to his college coaches about the circumstances surrounding the injury, doesn't help matters. While Rush says no one told him to lie, and that may very well be true, his conduct speaks to the willfulness of his participation in the illegal contact. Rush, on some level, knew that what he was doing was wrong, or at least wasn't 100% right. That's a huge slippery slope for the league office, who is tasked with protecting the best interests of players during the draft process and ensuring competitive balance for all 30 teams.  
Taken together -- the repeated nature of the illegal contact, capitalizing on the competitive advantage by drafting a player that was illegally worked out, and the fact that the workouts included players who understood to some degree that they were not legitimate -- the league office has a very, very serious situation on its hands.  If everything sticks, Stern has little choice here. Unless he puts his foot down, and hard, he sends a message to 30 competitive GMs and 30 competitive scouting departments that there are rules, but they don't really matter. With that message comes all sorts of other messages: we don't truly care about protecting our (future) players, we don't care if the draft process is fair, we don't care if you flaunt our rules over and over again.  That is all bad, a horrible look for the NBA, a league that has dealt with fair play accusations in the recent past thanks to the Tim Donaghy scandal. Surely, the league will conduct a thorough investigation of the allegations. If everything comes back as reported, I would expect the Knicks to be in Joe Smith territory. Roughly 10 years ago , the Minnesota Timberwolves were levied a seven-figure fine and stripped of multiple first-round draft picks for reaching an illegal contract agreement with Smith. What the Knicks did here, particularly with Chandler, is much closer to what the Timberwolves did with Smith than what George Karl did with his son: illegal action that was repeated, beneficial and willful.  A seven-figure fine and the loss of multiple first-round draft picks (although the Knicks have done a nice job of stripping themselves of picks by trading them away) seems appropriate. The NBA draft process simply can't turn into the wild, wild west.
Posted on: October 26, 2010 1:14 pm

Steve Kerr says the $350M loss number is accurate

Posted by Royce Young

If you're an NBA observer watching the current labor issues and CBA negotiations, you don't know what to believe. The players' union says the league is making tons of money. The league says its losing tons of money. The fans don't care. We just don't want to lose basketball games.

But in an interview with CNN.com, former Suns general manager and current TNT analyst Steve Kerr agrees with the league's financial position.

CNN: You were a general manager and a player, so you've seen the league's economics from both sides. The NBA is projecting about $350 million in losses this season -- do you think that's an accurate figure?

Kerr: Yes. Having been on the management and seeing a lot of numbers both in Phoenix and elsewhere, I think that's an accurate number.

Well then. 

Kerr attributes the financial troubles to rising player costs in a bad economy. We've heard that story. But he also mentions how owners are equally to blame because previously bought teams 30 years ago for $20 million just waiting for the value of their franchise to skyrocket, so they were fine with losing some money. Now, Kerr says, owners buy teams for $300-400 million and can't afford to watch the money fly out the door because there's not a big payoff in the future.

And then of course the issue of reducing player salary. Here's Kerr's thoughts:

CNN: Is it realistic that player costs can be reduced by 1/3 as the commissioner David Stern says he wants to do?

Kerr: I don't think anyone really knows. Usually in these situations, Stern's the master in these negotiations for sure and everything he says is calculated and there's a plan behind it and maybe the plan is go for 1/3 and get 1/4 -- I don't know. He knows what he wants, he knows how to get it, and he also knows that it is a partnership with the players and there has to be compromise and we'll see how it all unfolds.

Stern definitely knows what he wants. And he knows the league and the owners have the upper hand. It's all a matter of how hard and how long the players are willing to fight. Kerr said a lockout is very possible and that this situation is "more severe" than in 1999, the last time there were negotiations.

Stern says this might be the best NBA season ever. Let's hope it is, because we might have to savor it for a little while if things don't start looking up.

Category: NBA
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