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The sides went months without speaking. It got ugly. A Phoenix sports-talk-show host wrote an "open letter" to Bledsoe, calling Paul "a joke" and urging Bledsoe to fire him. The pressure was squarely on Paul to produce, given his "unreasonable" demands. That's not the way Paul saw it. "Pressure is a terminology that doesn't align with my life," Paul said. "Where I come from, the pressures are totally different. But I did think it was an important summer. I'd be lying if I said I didn't. It was important for me from a personal standpoint and a company standpoint." Cleveland Plain Dealer

You'll also on occasion find him hanging out and socializing with his clients, something most agents tend to avoid. "Well, that's what they (agents) choose to do," he said while shrugging his shoulders. "There's an age and interest difference for a lot of them. It's not an agent-player relationship all the time. We're all young men that are in business together. That's how it is and it's unique. At the same time, I understand it, but again, there's no right or wrong way to represent a client. "I'm 33 years old. If a guy is 24, chances are we listen to the same music and like some of the same clothes. We may do things together and hang out. It's a false perception of what that relationship should look like. That thinking has been set upon us to create this difference between players so that the player perceives the agent as all business. Other agents have fun, too. Players just aren't interested in doing the things they do. Cleveland Plain Dealer

October 3, 2014 Updates

On new trends in basketball - agent Misko Raznatovic: "Typical centers, tall and strong, they’re having big problems finding a new club. Coaches are more and more looking for centers who can defend guards off the pick ’n’ roll, undersized centers, athletic, players like Hines, Lasme or Dunston. If I had had 50 players with those abilities this summer, I would have sold 50. Unfortunately, players with those characteristics come almost exclusively from the USA. Today when they come to me and say: ’Misko, I have a kid 14 years old, 207 cm tall, he’s going to be 215 cm’, I say that I’m not interested. I don’t believe in that kind of basketball anymore, actually it doesn’t matter if I believe it or not, that kind of basketball doesn’t do the thing anymore." Ball In Europe

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Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol and Jorge Garbajosa have filed a lawsuit against the directors of a company that made investments in wind farms on their behalf (around 15 million euros). The defendants are Arturo Ortega, former agent of the Gasol brothers and Garbajosa, Enrique Rodríguez of Meta Image and administrators Jose Manuel Esteban del Castillo and Raul Herranz. As

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It should be noted that though I have no idea what other items would be on that list, there were two “interesting” things that happened around that time — the Rockets hired Howard’s former trainer with the Orlando Magic and they later added Dwight’s brother to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, though it was largely believed that he wasn’t a good enough prospect to make that jump. See JR Smith-Chris Smith for how nepotism package deals can work. Clutchfans

Earlier this week, it was reported that Wasserman Media Group received a $100 million investment from a Silicon Valley investment group. The investment from Madrone Capital Partners is the second investment Wasserman has taken since the sports agency’s creation over a decade ago. According to SportsBusiness Journal, two years ago, Wasserman received $25 million from Highbridge Capital Partners. Sports Agent Blog

With the new investment by Madrone Capital Partners, Wasserman will continue its role as the majority shareholder. This summer, Forbes.com recently listed Wasserman Media Group as the world’s fifth most valuable sports agency, with $1.52 billion worth of contracts under management. Sports Agent Blog

September 15, 2014 Updates

Thompson and the Warriors have until Oct. 31 to agree on an extension that would ensure the "Splash Brothers," as he and All-Star point guard Stephen Curry have been dubbed, are in the same pool for years to come. Failing to reach a deal would mean he'll become a restricted free agent next summer, a scenario that Thompson and his agent, Bill Duffy, would prefer to avoid. Yet Duffy is widely known to be demanding a maximum contract that the Warriors would prefer not to pay. His reasoning? He sees Thompson as the best shooting guard in the game. USA Today Sports

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