“I feel like my brain as far as the game of basketball is unique and I would love to continue to give my knowledge to the game,” James said. “And I would love to be a part of a franchise, if not at the top. My dream is to actually own a team and I don’t need to have fully hands on. If I’m fortunate enough to own a team, then I’m going to hire the best GM and president that I can. “But I have a feel like I have a good eye for not only talent, because we all see a lot of talent, but the things that make the talent, the chemistry, what type of guy he is, his work ethic, his passion, the basketball IQ side of things, because talent only goes so far.”
Michael Jordan’s Restaurant, a grill-focused restaurant with an assortment of steaks, is headed to Oak Brook. The restaurant is aiming for a summer 2017 opening at the Oak Brook 22 (1225 W. 22d St., Oak Brook), a redeveloping office tower facing Oakbrook Center mall. Operated by Cornerstone Restaurant Group, which oversees all Jordan-brand restaurants, including Michael Jordan’s Steak House in the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, the restaurant will feature an American menu and a beverage program highlighted by wines on tap, craft beers and cocktails.
From a basketball standpoint, having a former top-tier, widely-respected player like Hill as an active member of the organization is a luxury for Atlanta. “Interacting with our general manager, or during the trade deadline, the draft, talking about players, inevitably strategizing throughout the season, I think I can add value and I think (the basketball operations personnel) feel that way,” Hill said. “We have a good, healthy relationship.”
But that’s not to say his first year with the team was all smooth sailing. As can be expected as a former player takes the team executive route, Hill says he’s still adjusting to certain aspects of ownership, particularly his interaction with the players. “I was always sort of led to believe that owners are distractions and that locker room is a sanctuary,” Hill said. “That’s sort of — for 19 years — what I believed. Obviously owners would come around, particularly the managing partner, from time to time, but (the locker room) is (the players’) space. That is their sanctuary. Respecting that but also being in the position to look to add value is something I’m figuring out.”
Scottie Pippen and his wife are FURIOUS at Christian Laettner — claiming he still hasn’t paid them back the hundreds of thousands of dollars he owes them … and they want to collect, NOW. Around 2007, Pippen invested a ton of money with Laettner and his partners to buy a stake in the Memphis Grizzlies … but when the deal fizzled, he never got his money back.
Pippen sued Laettner and his partners and was awarded a $2.5 million judgment — but have NOT received the full amount. Enter Larsa Pippen … who took the beef public this week — tweeting at Laettner, “Hey @laettnerbball are you ever gonna pay us back homie?” “It’s crazy you’ve been f***ing us around forever @laettnerbball. Homie how do u sleep at night.”