Marc Lasry Rumors
The owners made it clear they want Kidd to continue, and Lasry said it’s reasonable to assume the coach would receive an extension. “At the end of the day, Jason is our coach,” Lasry said. “I know there’s been a bunch of articles. We think he’s done a great job. He’s our guy. “Everybody who keeps talking about it, it’s a non-issue. I never understand why in this league you have these issues. “We want to win next year; we’re going to want to win the year after. This is a five-year plan. When you look at the players we have, look at the development of Giannis (Antetokounmpo) in the last three years.
In an interview with the Journal Sentinel, Edens denied any rift within the team’s ownership group and said no trades were seriously considered before the February deadline, despite media reports to the contrary.
A recent national media report said Bucks owners were divided over decisions before the trade deadline. Marc Lasry and Jamie Dinan are the other principal owners along with Edens. “Nothing whatsoever,” Edens said in response. “It’s just complete fiction. “The thing that was most disappointing and inaccurate, of somehow discord among the owners, nothing could be farther from the truth. I don’t know where any of this stuff comes from. In this case it was so misplaced.”
Other NBA owners on the list include the Brooklyn Nets’ Mikhail Prokhorov ($7.6B), Miami Heat owner Micky Arison ($7.1B), New York Knicks owner Charles Dolan ($5B), Dan Gilbert of the Cleveland Cavaliers ($4.9B), Orlando Magic owner Rich DeVos ($4.7B), Tom Gores from the Detroit Pistons ($3.3B), Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban ($3.3B), Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon ($2.8B), New Orleans Pelicans owner Tom Benson ($2.2B), Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera ($2B), Glen Taylor from the Minnesota Timberwolves ($1.8B), Milwaukee Bucks owner Marc Lasry ($1.7B), Houston Rockets owner Les Alexander ($1.5B), Utah Jazz owner Gail Miller ($1.4B), Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf ($1.3B), former Bulls player and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan ($1.1B) and Atlanta Hawks owner Tony Ressler ($1.1B).
And so, on Friday night, Lasry will get his wish and suit up for Team USA for the annual celebrity game (7 p.m. ET, ESPN) in Toronto. Last year, Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera played in the exhibition and impressed, making 5 of 6 shots and even throwing down a dunk in warm-ups. Pera, though, was 36 at the time. Lasry is 55. Pera is also very dedicated to basketball, having an indoor replica of the Grizzlies floor installed at a gym attached to his house. Lasry plays tennis three times a week but only plays pick-up basketball once a month or so.
It would make sense if Lasry, knowing he’s preparing to play on national television against players 20 to 30 younger, some of whom are former pros, was in some sort of training regimen or had hired a special coach. But he insists that is not the case. “I wish I was playing rope-a-dope, but it’s not even close,” Lasry said. “I emailed Chauncey [Billups, who will be a teammate], and I told him he’s got to get me the ball. My view is they’ll give me plenty of shots.”
The National Basketball Association announced today that Bucks owner Marc Lasry has been tabbed to participate in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game 2016, which will tip off at 6 p.m. CT on Friday, Feb. 12, as part of NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto. The game will air live on ESPN from Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto.