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ESPN sources say Shawn Marion has committed this weekend to sign with the Cavaliers
“My past,” she told the [union], “is littered with the bones of men who were foolish enough to think I was someone they could sleep on.”
She had no background in labor relations and no experience working in sports. Her closest tie to basketball was a Washington Wizards season-ticket package she shared with friends.
Roberts begins the job next month, and she plans to essentially upend the union, which she dismissed as “a mom-and-pop shop” under her predecessor... Roberts’s first priority will be to create a management staff — potentially doubling the size of the current union staff — to improve oversight and bring more expertise to the organization.
Roberts made underdog cases her specialty during her time at the Public Defender Service in Washington, where she spent eight years after graduating from law school in 1980... After leaving the Public Defender Service, Roberts spent a little more than a decade in private firms that she ran with various combinations of fellow alumni of the office. While her reputation for handling violent criminal cases continued to grow, she was also recruited to handle rarefied boardroom-style proceedings... In 2001, she moved to her first large firm, Shea & Gardner, and stepped into the world of white-collar litigation... Roberts can be a private person, and many of her friends were unaware that she was interviewing for the N.B.A. position. She acknowledged that her decision to compete for the job had been an unlikely one.
Totally unfair, wild-ass speculation: Simmons is going to say something vaguely offensive about her by the time the next CBA negotiations are in full swing.
I'd put that in the "unlikely but wouldn't be completely surprised if it happened" category.
Longtime NBA referee Dick Bavetta is hanging up his whistle after 39 years.
The league announced the 74-year-old Bavetta's retirement on Tuesday. He worked his first NBA game on Dec. 2, 1975, in Madison Square Garden in New York.
Bavetta, a New York native, will be best known for his streak of working 2,635 consecutive regular-season games. He never missed an assignment during his long career, which included 270 playoff games and 27 in the NBA Finals.
Stephon Marbury is getting his own play. Tickets for "I Was Marbury," which will chronicle his championship-winning season with the Beijing Ducks in 2011-2012, are already on sale, and Marbury will play himself. From Sports Illustrated:
The play's director, Zhou Wenhong, told Chinese media that the main theme of the play will be "never give up" and will incorporate choreographed basketball moves with dance. Marbury, however, describes the play's story in grander terms, saying in a press conference the play focuses on "Sino-US relations".
Marbury will play himself in the production, but will only appear in a few scenes -- the story apparently focuses on other Chinese characters who have been inspired by Marbury.
According to the production's official website, the show will have a different guest star each night, including Yao Ming and former NBA journeyman Wang Zhizhi.
Who will sext Mutumbo?
Rumor is a bunch of teams trying to trade for Bledsoe, not surprising I guess, but what exactly does Phoenix want here?
Scoop: Bottom line, you are on this [U.S. national] team and a lot of players aren't, but in your mind, who is the best basketball player alive right now?
Scoop: That's what I was about to say, "including you." You made that sound like it was an easy answer.
Harden: It is. Myself.
The Suns' operative phrase, according to the local media, is "trade up." So, it's Bledsoe for someone as good or better than Bledsoe, and not for expirings, cap space, prospects and picks.
As I've said before, I don't think anything happens until after the FIBA World Cup. Bledsoe's last hope of leverage is that Dragic gets hurt.
Sixers are apparently not getting Anthony Bennett, but Mbah a Moute, Shved and the 2015 Heat pick for Young.
I can think of virtually zero player that fits that profile, except ummm.. Josh Smith or Greg Monroe? lol? I suppose Pekovic, but what's the Wolfs gonna do with Bledsoe?
yeah, that sounds about right.
can't get too worked up about it, though. they weren't gonna get anything franchise changing for young, and at least shved and LRMAM are expiring contracts.
The Suns have contacted at least one team and taken inquiries from others regarding the possibility of executing a Bledsoe sign-and-trade. That would include the Suns signing Bledsoe, a restricted free agent, to a contract on behalf of another team in exchange for player(s) and/or draft pick(s)...
Bledsoe has until Oct. 1 to accept the $3.73 million qualifying offer, which is still a raise over the $2.63 million he made last season but well below the Suns offer that could start him near $13 million in a frontloaded structure. If Bledsoe would land a maximum-level deal next summer, he would not match the earnings of the Suns offer until the 2017-18 season.
With just hours to go before a planned megadeal the would send Kevin Love to Cleveland, the Phoenix Suns reached out to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday to ask once more about the possibility of acquiring Love in a sign-and-trade for guard Eric Bledsoe, sources told ESPN.com.
Maybe Harden doesn't realize that, in his commercial where Scottie Pippen claims to be the greatest Chicago Bull ever, Pippen was acting?
ESPNSteinLine Marc Stein
USA Basketball just announced World Cup roster at 1AM and removes Damian Lillard, Chandler Parsons and Kyle Korver along with Gordon Hayward
steagles, what happened to your capital letters?!? Is this a cry for help?
Sometimes I think the 76ers braintrust is comprised of underpants gnomes:
I like the Sixers current game plan
Well, if you're on the same conference as LeBron, the fact that he's been in the Finals 5 out of 10 seasons maybe be the more salient point.
If Blatt can merely get the Cavaliers to league average on defense, their SCHOENE projection would be 62 wins -- best in the NBA. That's how good Cleveland figures to be on offense.
If Blatt can merely get the Cavaliers to league average on defense
The most pious of characters from Dana Carvey’s brilliant Saturday Night Live menagerie was Enid Strict, better known as the Church Lady. In any given “Church Chat” skit, the condescending and morally imperious Bible-thumper would skewer guests for their misdeeds, inevitably dropping a catchphrase that pinpointed the festering source of all sinfulness: “Could it be … Satan?”
When it comes to every maneuver made by the Philadelphia 76ers and general manager Sam Hinkie, the question is always, “Could it be … tanking?” And to the majority of NBA pundits, the answer is always, “Yes, of course.”
The actual team isn't that great on paper - plenty of talent, but some really odd fits. They're still the favorites and I'll be surprised if they lose, but I'm not excited for this.
I will take the under as well, mostly because I think it will take some time for them to all get on the same page as a team. The favorite for a trophy though I think (well and San Antonio I guess, because well they are always in the hunt, every year, until Pop and co retire).
The Los Angeles Clippers have traded swingman Jared Dudley to the Milwaukee Bucks for swingman Carlos Delfino, center Miroslav Raduljica and a future first-round pick, a league source told Yahoo Sports.
Delfino, 31, is owed $6.5 million for the next two seasons — with a team option for 2015-16 — but missed the 2013-14 season because of a right foot injury. He is expected to miss part of the 2014-15 season as he recovers from the injury, a league source told Yahoo Sports.
The Los Angeles Clippers have traded swingman Jared Dudley and a 2017 protected first-round pick to the Milwaukee Bucks for swingman Carlos Delfino, center Miroslav Raduljica and a second-round pick, a league source told Yahoo Sports.
Clips had to attach a first rounder to dump Dudley's contract on Milwaukee.
Thabeet and cash to PHI (who will waive him)
Retiring: Joel Przybilla, the Vanilla Gorilla.
OKC could have cut him for nothing, but by paying philly to do it for them, they got a trade exception worth approximately nothing.
3210. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 22, 2009 at 06:07 PM (#3227919)
How many small, athletic speedsters who can't hit a jump shot stick in the NBA? In five years, probably wowing people with his athleticism alongside Acie Law... in Europe.
Syracuse, N.Y. — Jonny Flynn, the former Syracuse University basketball point guard, has signed with an Italian professional team, according to reports.
The 2nd rounder is actually the Clippers pick that they had previously traded away and are now getting back.
I assume one of these Hawks (probably the second) is the Pacers?
NBA trades confuse me.
Love takes the high road with Taylor.
There is literally nothing that Glen Taylor (a notably bad owner) can critically say of Kevin Love (a notably good NBA player) that won't read as a cringingly awkward whine. YOU DROVE HIM OUT. YOU EMPLOYED DAVID KAHN. YOU SIGNED JOE SMITH. JOE SMITH! You blew the team up for JOE F. SMITH! Just be quiet and sign the checks.
It seems extremely appropriate that he's getting a very Joe Smith like #1 draft pick in Anthony Bennett in this trade then ;)
Joe Smith would have been a perfectly reasonable 10th or 15th pick in that draft: Anthony Bennett has yet to show even that.
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