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March 6, 2013 Updates

The British Basketball Association has established an office in Manhattan and plans to start a high-level professional league in the United Kingdom with play beginning in November 2014. The league wants to have eight teams in major UK cities in its first season, and the BBA has "adapted a single entity business model similar to Major League Soccer … which will offer Investors and Franchise Partners a scalable platform to participate in the growth of the sport through equity ownership. This formula allows the BBA to implement stringent financial and operational controls necessary, while providing local ownership groups access to proven basketball, sports marketing and finance professionals," according a new release. USA Today Sports

March 4, 2013 Updates

Kyrie Irving made it through Sunday’s morning practice without incident and is expected to play tonight when the Cavaliers host the New York Knicks. “Based on what I saw in practice, there’s a good chance he’ll play,” coach Byron Scott said. “We will see how he feels after really going up and down and going a full scrimmage, and obviously that will determine whether he’s good to go or not. But from what I saw [Sunday], he’s good.” Akron Beacon Journal

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Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni visited an old New York haunt Wednesday night and met with those near and dear to him. The former New York Knicks coach spent the night at his home in Westchester County in New York, with his wife, Laurel, and son, Mike D'Antoni Jr., where they still live. "We stayed in all night. That was the first time I've seen them in about a month. I had a lot of catching up," said D'Antoni who became the Lakers' coach on Nov. 9, after the team fired Mike Brown five games into the season. USA Today

November 16, 2012 Updates
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GQ: Was there a particular "New York moment" during the Hurricane? Did you see something that'd made you think, "That'd only happen in this city,"? Well, I don't know if you'd call this a "New York moment", but I definitely saw something I'd never seen before. The night all the power went out, I was standing out on my balcony, looking outside the window. Out of nowhere, I saw this big green flash across the sky. It wasn't lightning. It looked... It looked like a UFO. GQ: Nice. What was it really? A UFO. I'm telling you, man. GQ: You really think it was a UFO? I don't know, man. I'd never seen anything like that before. GQ.com

November 3, 2012 Updates
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The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced today that they are making a commitment of $1 million to the Red Cross and other organizations, including The Salvation Army, New York Cares and Jersey Cares, that have mobilized to assist the people and communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. In addition, NBA teams and players around the league are supporting a number of humanitarian organizations to help bring much-needed aid to those impacted by the devastation caused by the storm. The league and its broadcast partners will also air pregame and in-game messages to encourage fans to support relief efforts by the Red Cross. NBA.com

October 31, 2012 Updates

He then sighed when asked about his family that still resides in Queens, N.Y, where he was born and raised. One of his friends was among the 80 families whose houses burned down in Queens. “The family is safe,” World Peace said. “They (New York officials) did a good job. People died unfortunately … but one of my friends, her house burned down but she’s OK. Everybody is OK fortunately. That’s all that matters. New York did a good job. “This is mother’s nature, she does what she wants. She does whatever she wants, whatever is necessary she is going to do it. Whew.” Orange County Register

October 29, 2012 Updates

As the mid-Atlantic region made final preparations and braced for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, the Wizards made an adjustment of their own to avoid the severe storm. The Wizards will depart Dulles for Cleveland at 8 a.m. Monday ahead of their regular-season opener Tuesday against the Cavaliers, rather than practice at Verizon Center and travel in the afternoon as they typically would. “It’s not ideal but, you know what, safety first No. 1,” Coach Randy Wittman said. “Listening to people talk, they’re talking about the storm of the last 20 to 30 years that’s come across here. Obviously the league also has input on that, making us get out early to secure that we get [to Cleveland].” Washington Post

October 1, 2012 Updates

Soon thereafter, the NBDL was rebranded as the NBA Development League or, simply, the D-League. Stern moved the D-League's offices to New York and streamlined the operations between the two circuits. Before long, the D-League became a version of the proving ground long envisioned by Stern, with the number of call-ups increasing on an annual basis. "It's been good for me to see guys like [Lou Amundson and Mike Harris] to find their way into the NBA," says Timberwolves player development assistant Shawn Respert, who spent two years working in D-League offices. "I can say their success has come from some of the things we tried to incorporate in the D-League." Last season, a record 44 players found their way from the D-League onto an NBA roster. ESPN.com

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A company that became a sponsor of the New York Knicks thanks to "Linsanity" is following Jeremy Lin to Houston. Maxxis Tires, a tire brand whose global headquarters are based in Taiwan, announced Tuesday afternoon that it would become a sponsor of Lin's new team, the Houston Rockets. The company says it will be guaranteed one minute of television exposure through courtside LED signage during Rockets home games and, as part of its contract, gets to sponsor a promotional night. ESPN.com

August 4, 2012 Updates

Will this man in his “Republic of Brooklyn” shirt, this filmmaker who made the borough of his childhood a living, breathing character in six movies over 26 years, now forsake his beloved New York Knicks and root for the Brooklyn Nets? Spike Lee shoots a sideways glance suggesting the reporter is guilty of early morning drug use. “I wish I had a dollar for every time people ask me that — I could finance another film,” he says. “No, no and no. Can’t do that. Can’t. “I am orange and blue, baby,” he says in reference to the colors of the Knicks. “Orange and blue.” New York Times

He waves his arms at the scene. (Caution: The difficulty for a writer bound by The New York Times’s style is that Spike Lee is gorgeously fluent in New Yorkese, including our birthright use of a certain four-letter word as verb, noun, adjective and adverb.) “The diversity of this place is great,” he says. “But if every” New Yorker “is a millionaire, then New York City is going to suck!” New York Times

July 6, 2012 Updates
July 2, 2012 Updates

Hennigan said on Monday that Howard reiterated a trade request last Friday when the two met in Los Angeles. Specifically, Howard asked to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets where he could play in the New York City market and team with close friend Deron Williams. Hennigan, who was hired by the Magic on June 21, described the talks with Howard (privately) and with his agent, Dan Fegan, as ``engaging and polite’’ and ``emotion neutral,’’ but he made no promises as what direction Orlando would go in the coming days and weeks. ``As I told Dwight, `I don’t know, I need to think about what you are telling me. I want to take some time and think about everything,’’’ Hennigan said of the talks. ``We’re going to continue to map out what we feel is in the best interests of our team. Any decision that we decide to go forward with will be one that we feel puts our team in a position to be successful.’’ NBA.com

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