Contrary to reports, Jeanie Buss says the money from the Time Warner deal is set, guaranteed regardless of ratings. The stakes, and consequences, however, are still high. “The team is obviously not doing as well this year — injuries and whatnot. Knock on wood, so far the effect [on business] hasn’t been horrible,” says Lakers COO/senior VP of business operations Tim Harris. “You look at the key indicators: OK, how are the ratings? The ratings are a little down.12 They are down relative to the Lakers, but they are still strong relative to an NBA team. Sponsorship interest is up. That’s good. The big indicator is tickets, and so far we are holding our own. Yeah, there are some soft nights every now and again, but by and large the interest is maintained. Now, if the team stays exactly where they are now, and you and I are having this conversation in another year, am I gonna say the same thing? I don’t know.”
February 5, 2016 | 4:28 pm EST Update
Ben Bolch: Multiple teams have inquired with Clippers about Blake Griffin offering various packages but team has no active interest in deal, per source. Clippers remain reluctant to part with a cornerstone of franchise and a player who, at 26, was having possibly best season before injury.
Ethan Sherwood Strauss: Asked Steph Curry if he expects to have a voice in major free agency decisions: “I expect they’ll ask me about what a potential move, whatever it is, how it’ll impact the team, the chemistry, and this and that. But at the end of the day that’s not my job. If it was we probably wouldn’t have the team we have right now. I’ll stick to shooting, playing with the teammates that we have, and hopefully whatever that means down the stretch, Bob and front office continue to do the job they’ve been doing”
Tom Orsborn: A full recovery expected for Manu Ginobili, Gregg Popovich says. Asked how his spirits are, Pop says, “As 1 would expect, he’d rather be playing.” #Spurs