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October 27, 2014 Updates

Dave Deckard is a Lutheran pastor in rural Idaho by day, but for eight years he's preached the gospel of Portland Trail Blazers basketball by night. The 45-year-old managing editor of Blazer's Edge took over the fan-run website as a hobby at first, but it's evolved into a second job. Deckard, a Portland native, doesn't go to many games. But throughout the past nine years, Blazer's Edge built an active and dedicated readership on the back of a deluge of daily content on all things Blazers —roster breakdowns, trade rumors, links to mainstream media coverage and game recaps. Oregonian

Golliver is gone, and Blazers officials said while the team was an early adopter to granting access to fan-run websites, that access is now more restricted in some respects. Locker room access for fan-run websites like Blazer's Edge is gone, too, and will be evaluated on a situational basis. Access to cover a team practice is available on a requested basis also. "You lose an experienced hand," Michael Lewellen, Blazers VP of Corporate Communications said, "Sometimes you find yourself starting over a little bit." Oregonian

After years of covering home games, Golliver jumped ship this summer for a full-time position with Sports Illustrated. Golliver said if the Blazers hadn't won the 2007 draft lottery, "I don't know what I'd be doing right now." He admits he learned the tools of journalism on the job, and thanked the Blazers for granting him access. "Uninformed opinions don't carry much weight," he said. Oregonian

As everyone in the NBA waits to see how much the Atlanta Hawks will sell for --with some suggesting the number could go as high at $1 billion-- Sports Business Journal reports on how the Nets negotiations with YES could be a factor, perhaps a big, factor in the Nets valuations. Daniel Kaplan reports... Part of the value of the Nets is that club’s ability to soon renegotiate its RSN (regional sports network) deal with YES Network. The Sacramento Kings, for example, secured an extension earlier this year with NBC Sports Group worth an average of $35 million a year over the next two decades, a lucrative sum for a team that plays in the country’s 20th-biggest designated market area. The Nets are currently at $25 million a year playing in the nation’s No. 1 market. NetsDaily

October 26, 2014 Updates

Q: Deron Williams. Lionel Hollins: I hate that the media has disparaged him so much. There’s so many expectations on a guy when he comes to another team in a trade. And then, he got the big contract, and then there’s even more expectations. To not be healthy to be able to do what he wanted to do is disappointing for him. But the fans and the media didn’t quite take it that way, and I think he’s healthy now and he’s in a good frame of mind, and he’s shown a lot of qualities. … Is he gonna be the 23-year-old Deron Williams? Heck no. But the Deron Williams that he can be and I see him being is going to be pretty good. And he’s gonna be one of the top guards in the league, and that’s good enough with me. New York Post

Rosen, who published Jackson’s unofficial player-by-player scouting report on the Knicks that pulled no punches, said Van Gundy is off base on his history. Van Gundy said Wednesday that players win titles, not systems, and believes the Bulls and Lakers could have won with any system. “I think he’s full of crap to tell you the truth,” Rosen, who also co-wrote Jackson’s autobiography and was an assistant coach under him in the CBA, told The Post. “If they would’ve won without the triangle, why didn’t they win before he got there? Michael Jordan and Scottie [Pippen] were in Chicago before Phil, and Kobe [Bryant] and Shaq [O’Neal] played together before Phil. And what about that season when Jordan was playing basketball and the Bulls would’ve made the Finals if not for the terrible call by Hue Hollins (in the 1994 playoffs). Without a superstar, that was the best triangle has ever been run.” New York Post

October 25, 2014 Updates

The Miami Heat have been the league leaders in interview videobombs for years, but there was a chance that LeBron James’ departure from Miami might have ruined the Heat’s videobomb game. Thankfully, Dwyane Wade is pulling out completely new tricks in the preseason. After scoring 16 points in a win over the Grizzlies, Wade videobombed… himself. For The Win

October 24, 2014 Updates
October 23, 2014 Updates

Abbott’s piece de resistance is a rarely-attempted defense of Jim Buss, suggesting that he gave Bryant that $48.5 million last winter—before Kobe played, after which he came back and lasted six games—to avoid a public squabble over a new contract. Actually, Jeanie Buss made that call, not her brother. After losing Howard, they were terrified of losing Kobe, although at his pay scale, he had nowhere to go. The real key for the Buss kids was it was what their father did, as in 1991 when he gave Magic Johnson a one-year $14.6 million extension, bigger than half the NBA payrolls at the time. Forbes.com

October 22, 2014 Updates

The ESPN article, quoting anonymous sources, framed Bryant as someone who alienated potential free agents and teammates. After scoring 27 points during the Lakers’ 114-108 overtime loss to the Phoenix Suns at Honda Center in Anaheim, Bryant addressed the story that ran on Monday. “It’s not the first one, it’s not going to be the last one,” Bryant said. “The one thing I’ve come to understand over the years is that you’ll have a bad story that comes out on a Monday and it seems like it’s the end of the world. It seems like everybody is taking shots at you. Los Angeles Times

“But time goes by, and then you look back and it’s just a Monday. Right? Then have another great story that comes out maybe a month later or something like that and it’s a fantastic story. And then there’s a bad story that comes out a month after that. “It’s a cycle. And things are never as good or as bad as they seem at the moment in time. So you stay focused on the big picture. Things are never really as bleak as they seem at the time. I just kind of roll with it.” Los Angeles Times

October 21, 2014 Updates

The National Basketball Assn. is considering rescheduling some marquee basketball games in order to grow audiences in China. The possible move emerged as the organization unveiled a multi-year partnership with China’s Ministry of Education to develop sports educational in China. The education deal is expected to provide enhanced fitness and basketball training to at least 3 million school and college students by 2017. Variety.com

October 20, 2014 Updates

In most ownership groups, nobody is relying on the team as the prime revenue stream; the team is the high-risk end of a much bigger portfolio. In LA, the team is the linchpin supporting six heirs. And there is no more important income than the 20-year, $3 billion Time Warner deal to broadcast Lakers games locally. One well-placed source who has reviewed Lakers team finances says the Lakers' annual income from that deal hinges on ratings, which tend to go up when Bryant is on the court. If the team had jettisoned Bryant and tanked the past season in the name of a high 2014 draft pick, the resulting low ratings would have smacked the business of the Lakers hard. ESPN.com

Turner Sports is trying to turn the opening of the NBA season into a weeklong celebration, complete with an open-air set in Times Square, fan events in New York and Cleveland, and a Kendrick Lamar concert. Sports Business Daily

October 18, 2014 Updates

As soon as Tristan Thompson winked at the camera during this interview with Fox Sports Ohio’s Allie Clifton, you know something strange is about to happen. Thompson made a few funny faces, kissed Clifton and then ran away. For The Win

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