Ted Leonsis Rumors
But on this night, the visual of LeBron James’ agent sitting next to the Lakers owner was enough to spin the NBA world off its axis. Forget that Rich Paul (LeBron’s agent) sometimes sits courtside in Washington with Zach Leonsis, the son of owner Ted Leonsis, where client John Wall recently got a $170 million extension. Or that Paul occasionally sits with 76ers part owner Michael Rubin in Philadelphia, where he represents star rookie Ben Simmons. Or that a few days later, Paul was in Denver, sitting with Nuggets GM Tim Connolly. Paul sitting with Buss had to mean something. Or nothing. Or everything. “If you know me,” Paul told ESPN. “You know it doesn’t mean anything other than I enjoy their company.”
Leonsis also has grand ambitions for the new team from a basketball standpoint. Some G League affiliates are located further afield from their parent team, but Leonsis said Monumental wanted its team close by, “so we can cross-promote, so the players and the coaches can be going back and forth, and so it looks like it’s an extension of the NBA.”
“I think it is the right time to kind of reimagine the NCAA and its relationship with the NBA,” Leonsis said. “We need to take more control of our platform, if you will, and how we deal with players. . . . I believe that the G League will allow us to have deeper drafts, create more jobs, more opportunity for players, for coaches, for staff,” he said, describing “a re-imagination of how the G league and the NBA work together.”
A spokeswoman for Monumental confirmed to The Associated Press that there is an agreement in place with Powell Jobs pending approval from the NBA and NHL. Monumental owns the NBA’s Washington Wizards and NHL’s Washington Capitals. Powell Jobs, widow of former Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs, is a philanthropist and entrepreneur and president of the Emerson Collective.
The Washington Wizards announced today that the franchise will raise #45 to the rafters of Capital One Arena this season in honor of Phil Chenier. Chenier played nine seasons with the Washington Bullets (including the 1977-78 Championship season) and spent 33 seasons as the team’s television color analyst. “I am so proud to have the honor and blessing of my #45 hanging with the greats of this franchise,” said Chenier. “It’s a statement to my teammates, coaches and all those who have sacrificed, supported and guided me over the many years that says ‘job well done.’ I also share it with the fans who have approached me with kind words and fond memories from both my playing days and my broadcasting career. My whole family is so grateful to Ted Leonsis, the MSE ownership group and the entire organization (from staff to players) who have been so kind, thoughtful and reverent towards me. I would also like to thank the Pollins, who brought me in to this organization 46 years ago, and the many people involved with the team during my early days. I’m so appreciative of each and every experience I’ve had here and can’t wait to share this honor with my DC Family in March.”
Beal had been briefed before the episode that his final question on the show would be: “How would it feel if you would have your number be retired?” “I’m not thinking of it at the moment,” Chenier explained after. That’s when Beal dropped the hammer. “Well, it’s now official. No. 45 will go up in the rafters.”