HoopsHype David Stern rumors

January 7, 2014 Updates

Still, the league is not getting rid of the Silnas altogether. They will continue to get some television revenue, some of it from the disputed sources named in their lawsuit, through a new partnership that is to be formed with the Nets, the Pacers, the Nuggets and the Spurs, according to the people with knowledge of the agreement. But at some point, the Silnas can be bought out of their interest in the partnership. The Silnas, of course, did not have to settle. They could have continued to make money from the N.B.A., without ever having to invest in players or build an arena. Clearly, their old agreement would have to be honored as long as the N.B.A. continued to exist. New York Times

But there is a reluctance, more by Daniel, 69, than Ozzie, 80, to keep fighting the league, said one of the people who discussed the agreement. Although wealthy people often plan their estates, much of the Silnas’ riches from the N.B.A. is already in family trusts. Bob Costas, the NBC sportscaster who called Spirits games, said in a telephone interview, “My guess is that for the N.B.A., the upside is that in the foreseeable future, there will come a time when they will not have to look at this and blanch and it will be in the past.” New York Times

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It’s less than two months before commissioner David Stern steps down and is succeeded by Adam Silver, but the potential relocation issue has crept up again with the Bucks as owner HerbKohl is seeking additional investors to help keep the team in Milwaukee. The Bradley Center is the worst facility in the league and Stern has encouraged owners and the city to develop an arena plan after the Sacramento Kings saved their team with a new project. Meanwhile, the city of Seattle is waiting for a team so it can begin its arena construction. Boston Globe

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The Milwaukee Bucks are trying to stay the Milwaukee Bucks. Commissioner Davis Stern gave his thoughts: “Senator Kohl bought the Bucks in 1985 in order to ensure the team would remain in Milwaukee. During his extraordinary stewardship his goal remained the same -- to bring the fans of Wisconsin high-quality basketball from a team they would be proud to call their ‘home’ team. With this announcement, Senator Kohl continues his mission: to assure continuity of ownership by broadening its ownership base, and assuring that the fans of Wisconsin will enjoy NBA basketball and other events in a new state-of-the-art facility.” Sulia

December 8, 2013 Updates

The cancellation of the Spurs-Timberwolves game Wednesday in Mexico City because of smoke in the arena caused by a generator malfunction was a small blow to commissioner David Stern’s quest to play additional games in other countries. While games in London have gone off without a glitch, an NBA regular-season game in Mexico City was risky from the start and the Spurs and Timberwolves must now reschedule the game for Minneapolis, much to the chagrin of San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich. Both teams wasted valuable travel time to get to Mexico City, so the league is obviously going to think twice about returning there. Deputy commissioner Adam Silver, who will assume Stern’s duties in February, told the Globe last month the league plans to play more games in other countries but a potential expansion team in Europe may be years away. Boston Globe

December 5, 2013 Updates

Before Williams returned to Philadelphia, Hewitt turned what seemed like an innocuous question into a bolt out of the blue. "He drove me out to the airport, and I just said, 'If pro basketball were to go in Florida, where would you put the team, Miami or Tampa?' That really got him upset," Williams recalled. "He said, 'Neither place. You'd put it right here in Orlando.' And I remember saying as we got to the airport, 'Well, Jimmy, if you really believe that, you might get a hold of David Stern and just see what's going on.' And I thought no more of it. The next week, I'm back in my office in Philadelphia. The phone rings, and it's Jimmy saying, 'Bubba, we've got an appointment with David Stern in New York. We're going up to see him next week.' " FOXSports Florida

November 27, 2013 Updates

“It is always a treasure to look at a well-managed team, to see how they do at the gate, as a matter of business and on the court. I think San Antonio, everyone can agree, is a model of how a team, you would hope if you owned it, would be run. They’ve been competitive for a long time. As their competition would say, it sure helps to have Tim Duncan. But when you look at what they surrounded him with, and the way they’ve gone into the international market, they’re really very excellent at what they do," David Stern said. "And they bring people into a building that’s relatively new but continually updated. That makes me very happy, as does Oklahoma City, as does watching what Portland is doing this year. It’s kind of fun to have any market…compete in the NBA.” MediaMaxOnline

November 12, 2013 Updates
November 11, 2013 Updates

The NBA is engaged in settlement talks with Ozzie and Daniel Silna to end a contract that has long been described as "the greatest sports business deal of all time," according to sources close to the situation. No agreement has been reached, but talks are ongoing. The Silna brothers are the former owners of an old ABA franchise known as the Spirits of St. Louis. When the ABA merged with the NBA in 1976, the Silnas agreed to dissolve their team in exchange for a small percentage of the NBA's future broadcast revenue. ESPN.com

November 9, 2013 Updates

All 30 NBA teams received a memo from the league office Friday reminding them that no form of bullying or hazing will be tolerated, according to league sources. The memo, sources said, references the Miami Dolphins' ongoing bullying scandal and urges NBA players to report anything if they feel the need while also spelling out specific violations of the league's policies. Sources said the memo reiterated a number of prohibited behaviors that would violate league policy. ESPN.com

Also prohibited, sources said, is requiring an individual to unreasonably pay for meals, travel, entertainment expenses, goods or services that are being solely enjoyed by others as well as imposing physical activities on a fellow player -- such as exposure to weather, confinement in a restricted area, or consumption of food, liquid or substance -- that leads to unreasonable risk for the individual or adversely affects their mental or physical health or safety ESPN.com

Rookies also typically have to carry bags or even bring food in for veteran players on practice days, but sources with multiple teams consulted by ESPN.com this week have said the NBA culture is different than the NFL's when it comes to the behind-the-scenes treatment of young players. Said one Western Conference team official: "It has really lightened up in recent years." Added another team official from the West: "I've been around for a while and I've never really heard any crazy stories." ESPN.com

November 8, 2013 Updates

All 30 NBA teams received a memo from the league office Friday reminding them that no form of bullying and hazing will be tolerated, according to league sources. The memo, sources said, specifically references the Miami Dolphins' situation and urges NBA players to report anything if they feel the need, in addition to spelling out what behaviors will not be tolerated. Veterans often force NBA rookies to wear kindergarten-style backpacks to games and practices, but that practice is widely seen a standard rite of passage that typically is met with little resistance. ESPN.com

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