HoopsHype Roger Mason rumors

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With less than a week until the start of training camp, the Miami Heat continue to work through roster possibilities, with veteran guard Roger Mason Jr. the latest to emerge on the team's workout list. Even with 13 players under guaranteed contract for 2013-14, and with 18 players already invited to camp, the Heat continue to audition candidates, with journeyman guard Von Wafer among those at recent sessions. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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NBPA player reps are expected to vote for a new player president at the union’s annual meeting in Las Vegas today, as well as provide players with an update on the search for a new Exec Dir. Free agent G and NBPA VP Roger Mason Jr. has stated that he will run for the position. It is not clear if another player may run, but players can nominate candidates from the floor of the meeting, under the union’s constitution. “Our bylaws say that any member in good standing is eligible to run for office,” said interim Exec Dir Ron Klempner. Sports Business Daily

Roger Mason Jr., a 32-year-old guard, is the lone announced candidate for the job, and it appears likely he will run unopposed. Mason, who has served four years as a vice president, said he had the full endorsement of his fellow executive committee members. “The task at hand is pretty great,” Mason said in a telephone interview. “And I can appreciate how much time and energy needs to go into this type of commitment, just from my involvement. There may be other guys that understand that and that want to run, and that’s their right.” New York Times

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Roger Mason: RIP to @nba referee Greg Willard. Prayers out to his family and friends. #nbafamily Twitter @MoneyMase

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When New Orleans Hornets guard Roger Mason Jr. first got into the music business in 2009 and started scheduling meetings to sign his first act, urban pop singer Segarra, he didn't want anyone to know he was an NBA player. He took his passion sincerely and was afraid music executives would take him lightly and not give him a fair deal. "There have been so many times that athletes aren't taken seriously," said Mason, who was a classically trained pianist at 7 years old. ESPN.com

Based on what you have learned and are currently doing, have there been any instances where athletes have come to you for music advice? As we both know, a lot of them want to get into the industry. For a long time, to be honest with you, I didn't want to let anybody know that I was doing it. First of all, even when I went and got my deal with Segarra with Universal, we took meetings with six labels. We went and saw everybody, and not once did they even know that I played basketball. And that was really important for me because I didn't want them to judge the music in a negative way. There have been so many times that athletes aren't taken seriously. So with me, honestly, I didn't tell anybody that I was even doing it. I didn't want anybody to take the project any less serious. ESPN.com

Is the NBA involved to help you push your music platform forward? I did mention to Mr. [David] Stern that I got that deal with Universal, and he was proud. But right now, I still keep it secret because the biggest thing with me is what I do on the court. The one thing that I have talked to the players' association about is working with Clive Davis and NYU and doing a program for the guys. I've been working on it for the last year and a half. It's a program with NYU and the Clive Davis [Institute of Recorded Music], where [a player can] get a mentor and they're able to actually find out about the business of music. And it's really cool. It's something I've brought to the union since there are so many guys that are interested in music and doing stuff. They would actually get real, solid information on the business, how it works and what the publishing means and all the little nuances that a lot of guys don't know. I've been working with Mr. Davis and his team to try to put something together for the players' association. ESPN.com

It sounds like a great life-building opportunity for the players to learn much more about one of their favorite interests. Right, and that's what the players' association is all about. For example, they have a program at Syracuse University on broadcasting. They've been doing that for about the last six, seven years. I think they have an 80 percent rate of the guys that do the broadcasting, and then those guys go on to work. Shaq did it going to work at ESPN, and now he's at TNT. They've got a coaching program that they do, and that coaching program is the [NBPA] Top 100 [High School Basketball] Camp. A lot of guys have gone to become coaches from that program. They have a GM program. The players' association has many programs for guys that do things that they might want to do when they're not playing ball. ESPN.com

February 1, 2013 Updates

“How often do you get a chance to have the Super Bowl take place in the same city where you live?” said Hornets center/forward Jason Smith, explaining his decision to buy tickets. Smith is joined by Ryan Anderson, Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon, Robin Lopez, Roger Mason and Greivis Vasquez among Hornets players who bought Super Bowl XLVII tickets. Kick-off in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome – which is literally across Girod Street from the Hornets’ home arena – is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Central, giving players plenty of time to rest after a roughly three-hour flight from Minneapolis. Like several of his teammates, Smith said that his preference would have been to root for the Hornets’ NFL brothers, the New Orleans Saints. With no obvious reason to cheer for either participating team, Hornets players are split evenly between Baltimore and San Francisco. NBA.com

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