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February 11, 2014 Updates

Danny Schayes: I recently became part of the process as a candidate for the job. I found the process to be secretive, manipulative, and full of conflicting agendas fighting for control. Not surprising given the history of the NBPA and players in general. Pro athletes are among the most manipulated of all employees. SheridanHoops

Danny Schayes: • Athletes, like entertainers, have the biggest disconnect between how much they earn and what they know about money and finance. They are paid like CEOs of billion dollar companies without having a clue about money. • They are trained from childhood to be coached and managed. They grow up being surrounded by folks telling them what to do and where to go. Their world is sports, and it is consuming mentally and physically, leaving room for little else. • Once in the pros they are represented by agents who tell them “just play, I’ll take care of everything else”! They have financial dealings with dozens of people who’s job it is to separate them from their money. Like Elvis, they become surrounded by “friends” and advisors who have no incentive to help them become educated. SheridanHoops

Danny Schayes: • The less athletes know, the easier it is to “manage” them. That’s code for CONTROL, the key to player representation. Player “management” is the golden ticket to the money train. Billions of dollars are at stake. • They are forced to rely on professional advisors in areas that they know nothing about. Many players are totally dependent on their advisors with no real way to understand them. • Varied agendas are held by the agents, the teams, the league, the posses, the families, and numerous other entities. The turf wars are a thing of beauty. • Players are forced to operate in areas that are totally foreign to them. They might as well be reading Chinese. SheridanHoops

Danny Schayes: When I met later with Steve Blake, I was a little dismayed that he had not read any of the material that I submitted. It showed that either he was not fully prepared or I was not being taken seriously. Still we did the interview and again, I thought that it went as well as it could. In both of their defense, they were dealing with injuries while trying to manage these interviews that were being done on the fly. Again, this is what you get when the process is done during the season — distracted players. SheridanHoops

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NBA TV will televise an interview with David Stern on Friday night, the day before he ends his 30-year run as NBA commissioner. "David Stern: 30 Years" will air at 7 p.m. ET. Stern will be interviewed by Turner Sports' Ernie Johnson during the hour-long program, which includes comments from former and current NBA players such as Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Jerry West, Charles Barkley, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. ESPN.com

January 28, 2014 Updates

Though Stern hasn't been hugely popular with the players as his tenure has seen two labor stoppages, James had nothing but positive things to say about the man who has handed him four MVP Awards and two NBA Finals MVPs in recent years. "David has been great," James said. "Obviously we had a lockout, but at the end of the day the players want more and the owners want more and we all want more. You can't knock what David has done. He came in in the '80s and build the game into what it is today. Can you name a commissioner who is better than him and what he's done? I don't know think so." ESPN.com

LeBron James hopes to have a meeting with incoming NBA commissioner Adam Silver to discuss some issues he has with the league, the Heat star said after practice Tuesday. James said he didn't want to make public the list of topics he wants to discuss, but the league's reigning MVP said he had been thinking about them for some time. "Hopefully I can sit down with the commish and just throw out some ideas where I hope the league can be better," James said as the Heat prepared to face the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night (8 ET, ESPN). "Hopefully he has some ideas for me." ESPN.com

"It's not a major change, but the game can always be bigger," James said. "There's a lot of people who love the game who can't watch the game, so hopefully we can [expand it]." James said he's gotten to know Silver a little in recent years and has been impressed by him. "The opportunities I've had to be around him as he's been the assistant commish, he's been easy to talk to," James said. "He understands the business and someone who understands what the game means to everyone -- the whole pie. Best of luck to him, hopefully he can get 30 years in, too." ESPN.com

January 27, 2014 Updates

In any case, LaRocca said plans for next year's Christmas Day uniforms and the 2015 All-Star Game already are being discussed. If the All-Stars make it clear they don't like the look or feel of this year's uniforms, the league will respond accordingly. "If the feedback is that the players don't want to wear them, we won't," LaRocca said. "We are 50-50 partners with the players in everything we do." Bleacher Report

"He really looked for people who had the same genuine love for the sport that he had," said Rick Welts, who worked for the NBA for 17 years as an executive, ultimately becoming Chief Marketing Officer and president of NBA Properties before taking jobs as president of the Phoenix Suns and, then, the Golden State Warriors. It makes a difference. He wasn't interested in people who were really talented people unless they had that emotional investment in the game. Because he does." NBA.com

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The NBA extending its use of form-fitting sleeved uniform tops to its most cherished corporate showcase event—next month’s All-Star Game—raises an obvious question: Could we see the day when the league makes sleeved uniforms every team's primary one? While such a plan apparently has not been discussed yet in NBA headquarters, a quick poll of 21 players revealed only two who would support wearing sleeved jerseys on a full-time basis. The poll included three league MVPs, five All-Stars, seven guards, nine swingmen and five forward/centers. Bleacher Report

Or as one Southeast veteran guard texted, when asked why he thought the uniforms were being introduced: "$$$$$$$. I don't think they look good. Or feel good. But I've come to accept that the NBA doesn't care what we think." Bleacher Report

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