He’s a self-taught pianist who has performed in many packed concert venues, which brings about a different form of pressure. And he’s now a licensed pilot on the brink of achieving his instrument rating. Carlisle understands the pressure in aviation literally can come with life-and-death consequences. Asked what he thought about his coach being a part-time pilot, Mavs owner Mark Cuban replied, “I hope he’s a good one.”
Hours before the Oklahoma City Thunder pulled off a surprise trade to acquire Paul George from the Indiana Pacers on June 30, the Cleveland Cavaliers thought they had a done deal in place to nab the four-time All-Star. Nearly a month later, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert still doesn’t seem to be over it. “I will say that Indiana could’ve done better than it did,” Gilbert said Wednesday when asked about the failed trade during new general manager Koby Altman’s introductory news conference.
The trade got so far down the line that plans were put in place for George and Gilbert to have a phone call to talk about his place in the Cavs’ franchise. However Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard abruptly backed out of the discussed pact and shortly thereafter Indiana sent George to Oklahoma City for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis.
Oakley himself played the role of loyal friend last week, with an appearance in Charlotte, North Carolina, where Jordan currently owns the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets. That’s when Hornets president and chief operating officer Fred Whitfield, another longtime Jordan and Oakley friend, held the 15th annual HoopTee Celebrity Golf Classic that brought 35 sports and entertainment celebrities to town to help raise funds for disadvantaged youths, a duty that means the utmost to their circle of friends.
“John is an exceptional talent and a cornerstone for our team – and our city,” said Ted Leonsis, Founder, Chairman and Majority Owner of Monumental Sports and Entertainment. “This signing means stability for the Wizards for years to come and solidifies our commitment to drafting and then developing talent here at home. It’s John’s unique blend of skill and leadership that makes us a championship-caliber team.”