HoopsHype Robert Sarver rumors

November 7, 2011 Updates
October 26, 2011 Updates

Robert Sarver of Phoenix and Dan Gilbert of Cleveland didn’t sign the letter in ’06, but they are now two of the biggest advocates for change in both revenue sharing and reducing player compensation. The Maloof family that owns the Kings was coming off six consecutive winning seasons and was used to selling every seat when the letter was authored. Now, they are in dire financial straits and are certainly looking for reform. In addition to the Bobcats and Hornets changing hands, the Wizards, Warriors, 76ers, Pistons and Hawks have also been sold in the past two years to groups who are expecting a new CBA to be more favorable to owners than the previous one. The Nets were also sold last season, but new owner Mikhail Prokhorov is not believed to be among those clamoring for change. ESPN.com

October 21, 2011 Updates
October 17, 2011 Updates

Nevertheless, Garnett had every right to interject himself into the process. This is a stars league, and the NBA will need those stars to sell it again. To end this lockout with the best players in the league feeling left out of the discussion, left silent, everyone’s asking for trouble, because it will not be Donald Sterling and Robert Sarver and James Dolan bringing the NBA back in the public eye. It will be the best players. Whenever this ends, they had to be a part of the fight, the debate and, ultimately, the resolution. “We can’t have completely poisoned waters here when this is over,” one front-office executive said. “Stern gets that, but I’m not sure all of our owners do. We have to have these guys on board, or where are we as a league?” Yahoo! Sports

October 16, 2011 Updates

Suns managing general partner Robert Sarver understood Welts’s reasons for relocation and placed calls to the Maloof brothers, owners of the Sacramento Kings, as well as Lacob and Guber. Lacob returned the call shortly after the team parted ways with president Robert Rowell. “I’m still shaking my head, to tell you the truth,’’ Welts said. “I had expected to take some time off and it didn’t quite work out that way. “It was really a fortuitous opportunity, and for me it was the perfect intersection of what I was hoping to do. I was hoping to be back in the NBA or at least in sports. It was a very lucky chain of events for me.’’ Boston Globe

October 15, 2011 Updates

Amar'e Stoudemire believes he knows where to place the blame for the NBA's aggressive stance against the players' union: the owner of his former team, the Phoenix Suns. "[Robert] Sarver, for sure," Stoudemire said. "He's probably the main guy that's pushing for this lockout." NBA commissioner David Stern, however, told Newsday that Stoudemire's accusation is "contrary to every fact." Newsday

October 14, 2011 Updates

It was with that image in mind the other day that I called Larry Katz, a Phoenix-based lawyer the players’ union brought on in the spring to file its complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. I was pushing Katz for an update on the NLRB case — and getting nowhere — when he mentioned as an aside that he plays in an adult men’s basketball league with Robert Sarver. Wait. What? The Robert Sarver? The guy who owns the Phoenix Suns and has become a bit of a polarizing figure in these labor talks? Yup, that guy. And they’re on the same team! Katz actually invited Sarver to join his team, which plays at the Jewish Community Center in Scottsdale. And Sarver isn’t the only Suns’ employee on Katz’ team: Jim Pitman, the Suns’ executive vice president for finance and administration, is also on the team. SI.com

So what is Sarver like on the court? Katz compares him to Jared Dudley, in that Sarver is a tough jack-of-all-trades type who isn’t necessarily elite at any one part of the game. He works hard on defense, Katz says, and he can drain a three if he’s open. Pitman, the Suns’ executive vice president, is apparently outstanding — the team’s best shooter, Katz said. What’s the point of all this? Nothing, really. Just a “you couldn’t make this up” footnote to the Great Lockout of 2011. SI.com

October 10, 2011 Updates

The Phoenix Suns are turning to former Henkel Consumer Goods CEO Brad Casper to run its business operations. Suns owner Robert Sarver will hire Casper as the team’s new team president, according to the Sports Business Daily and Sports Business Journal. Casper replaces Rick Welts, who resigned from the Suns in early September and recently was hired as Golden State Warriors President & COO. Business News

October 5, 2011 Updates

The latest Sarver bash from a national perspective came on a local airwave. Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski, a lockout reporting beast like cbssports.com's Ken Berger, had the following comment about Sarver on "Chuck and Vince Live" on KDUS-AM (1060) this morning. Read it here or hear it here: "I think Sarver's been the most difficult. He has been really the last couple years in this. I quoted an owner, an ownership source, the other day in a story that he talks so much and says so many outlandish things in these meetings, people tune him out. You know him in Phoenix. He can erode his credibility by just opening his mouth very often. While he is the hardest line of the hard-liners, he is not going to dictate where this goes. He led the charge on wanting the hard cap, on wanting to get rid of the mid-level exception, but at the end of the day, he is not a powerful voice in that room. He's one of the last owners in. He's probably one of the least wealthy owners. And he's probably one of the owners who really have to honest look at whether he should really own an NBA team. Does he have the wealth to really do it and do it right . . . I do think guys like Sarver are willing to lose the whole season." Arizona Republic

October 1, 2011 Updates

Once again, Phoenix Suns owners Robert Sarver was the most vocal proponent of the owner’s case, and he befuddled players by insisting that his wife had asked him to bring back the middle level exception in a designer bag. He’s been a strong advocate for a hard salary cap, and a source said that Sarver told the players in the room that he hadn’t been able to get the return on buying the Suns that he had hoped. Yahoo! Sports

September 20, 2011 Updates
September 19, 2011 Updates

There’s been much ado made about the fact that Steve Nash recommended a vitriolic anti-Sarver Twitter rant by ESPN’s Bill Simmons that included this tweet after an ESPN report cited Sarver and Cavs owner Dan Gilbert as having “expressed their dissatisfaction” that “owners were seriously considering coming off of their demand for a salary freeze and would allow players’ future earnings to be tied into the league’s revenue growth.” When later asked on Twitter if we can suppose his days of a Sun are over in light of that recommendation, Nash tweeted, “Nah. I’m a SUN but NBAPA 1st.” Valley of the Suns

September 18, 2011 Updates

To the technologically unhip, here are the consequences: Nash seems to be championing the criticism of his boss. That can't help their working relationship, and you wonder if this is Nash's way of asking out, of joining the long procession of employees who've left the organization in recent years. "I would absolutely confirm on a scale of 1-10, he's not an easy guy every day to work for," outgoing Suns President and CEO Rick Welts said. "But I'll tell you, the guy I worked for before him, David Stern, is off the charts when it comes to being hard to work for. Robert is a piece of cake. He's got a wonderful heart. He's got this thing about wanting to win that every fan should appreciate." Arizona Republic

September 16, 2011 Updates

Also, a report on ESPN.com claimed that a hard-line stance by Cleveland's Dan Gilbert and Phoenix's Robert Sarver, during Tuesday's session, derailed what could have been significant progress. Citing unnamed sources, the story alleged that New York's James Dolan and the Lakers' Jerry Buss were "visibly annoyed" by the two newer owners. Stern didn't even wait to be asked about that allegation. "It is so wrong and incorrect and fictional," he said, "that I think I can understand why they would only attribute it to sources and that nobody would be willing to stand behind it." NBA.com

September 15, 2011 Updates

Bill Simmons, aka ESPN's The Sports Guy, isn't happy that he isn't going to get basketball in a month or so. He isn't happy that the players and the owners are using tactics that he believes will ultimately fail. So he went on a rant on Twitter blasting everyone that'll hold up an NBA season from happening. One of his targets was Suns owner Robert Sarver. Simmons is no fan of Sarver for penny-pinching a title-contending team. Simmons is even less of a fan of Sarver's willingness to blow up the current CBA in favor of something that would justify all his previous basketball/financial-related decisions. So there went Simmons, burning up on Sarver again. 2 Sarver overpaid for team, spent last few years slicing $$$$ and turned Suns fans against him. Not he wants to blow up the system? Go away. This should probably mean nothing, because Simmons ripping Sarver is like Teller never speaking to Penn. It comes naturally. SB Nation

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