Stan Kroenke Rumors
Though the Nuggets may not begin looking for a long-term candidate until after the season, ex-Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni is expected to be a front-runner despite his first Denver stint not ending rosily with owner Stan Kroenke. However, according to a person familiar with his thinking, D’Antoni enjoyed living in Denver, where he coached during the 1999 lockout season, more than in Phoenix. He coached the Suns from 2003-2008 before joining the Knicks.
Other majority team owners who made this top 400 richest included Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov (No. 125, $9.9 billion), Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich (No. 137, $9.1 billion), Miami Heat owner Micky Arison (No. 191, $7.1 billion), Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross (No. 216, $6.5 billion), St. Louis Rams, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche and Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke (No. 225, $6.3 billion), Orlando Magic owner Rich DeVos (No. 259, $5.7 billion), Detroit Tigers and Red Wings owner Michael Ilitch (No. 330, $4.8 billion), Jacksonville Jaguars and Fulham FC owner Shahid Khan (No. 330, $4.8 billion), Washington Nationals owner Ted Lerner (No. 330, $4.8 billion), the New York Knicks and Rangers owners, the Dolans (No. 381, $4.3 billion), New England Patriots and Revolution owner Robert Kraft (No. 381, $4.3 billion) and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones ($4.2 billion).
“Kroenke Sports & Entertainment and the Denver Nuggets wholeheartedly and emphatically support Commissioner Adam Silver’s decision that Donald Sterling be fined and banned for life from any involvement with the National Basketball Association. “Mr. Sterling’s words have absolutely no place in our working family or in a global sport that values inclusion, diversity and tolerance of people regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation.”
Prior to his departure, Ujiri issued a statement expressing his gratitude to the Nuggets. “First and foremost, I would like to thank Stan and Josh Kroenke for the opportunity they have given me over the past three years,” Ujiri said. “It was a very difficult decision to leave Denver, but the Nuggets remain in good hands. I’d also like to thank the coaching staff for their work and the fans for their support and dedication. I’ll always have a special place in my heart for the city of Denver and the Nuggets as an organization.”
Q: What advice has your father Stan Kroenke given you as you go through your first two years dealing with the ups-and-downs of the season and the other challenges inherent to running an NBA team? A: There are too many games to think about one win or one loss too much. You always have to be looking forward and moving forward. When it comes to some of the business stuff, he’s taught me extremely well. I’ve been groomed for this position for quite some time. While I understand a lot about the way the business works, I also know there’s a lot that I don’t understand yet. That’s where (Kroenke Sports & Entertainment executives) Jim Martin, Bruce Glazer, Mark Waggoner, Kurt Schwartzkopf, Stephen Stieneker, and all of the rest of our executive level guys come in. They do an unbelievable job of helping me out. For a young executive like me, they make things a lot easier and help me learn when I have questions … of which I have a lot!