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James created a buzz by wearing a black carbon-fiber mask to protect his broken nose Thursday in a victory against the New York Knicks. But the league has requested James change to a more traditional clear mask when the Miami Heat host the Orlando Magic on Saturday night. “It is our understanding LeBron used the black mask because a clear one he was comfortable with wasn’t ready,” NBA spokesman Tim Frank said.
In the first sign of a major change in the NBA landscape, new basketballs bearing the insignia of Adam Silver will debut for Saturday’s games. Commissioner David Stern serves his final day Friday in the league’s New York offices, retiring after 30 years, before Silver takes over. According to NBA spokesman Tim Frank, teams were given the Silver-inscribed balls — fresh off the factory line – two months ago “to break in.” Teams have practiced with the new balls, but not until tomorrow — when they host the Heat on the eve of the Super Bowl — will the Knicks use them in a game.
NBA executive president of global marketing partnerships Mark Tatum is in line to become the NBA’s deputy commissioner under incoming commissioner Adam Silver, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly until the announcement is official. NBA spokesman Tim Frank declined comment. The move needs to be approved by NBA owners, but a decision such as this wouldn’t progress to this point unless Silver, the deputy commissioner who takes over for commissioner David Stern this week, knew Tatum would be approved.
It did not take long on Saturday night for fans and commentators at Madison Square Garden to realize something was amiss between the Knicks and the Atlanta Hawks. Their uniforms looked alike. Too alike. The Knicks have worn their new orange alternate jerseys four times already this season, but in each previous outing, the other team arrived wearing a contrasting shade. Not the Hawks. The result was a jumble of blood red versus burnt orange that became an exercise in facial recognition, looking twice, squinting, guessing: Which ones are the Hawks? According to the N.B.A. rule book, the home team is mandated to wear light-colored jerseys, and the visitors dark jerseys, unless otherwise approved. This would explain Atlanta’s uniform choice. “Neither team was at fault,” Tim Frank, the N.B.A.’s vice president for basketball communications, said. “The Knicks orange has been designated as a light alternate home uniform. Going forward, we’ll ensure that the opponent wears a more distinguishing color uniform when the Knicks wear orange.”
Tim Frank, the NBA’s senior vice president for basketball communications, could not offer clarity on what measures would be taken to keep the Thunder organization safe. Citing league policy, Frank said the NBA does not comment on security procedures. “Obviously we are aware of the situation in Syria and are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our teams and staff,” Frank said.
The NBA is expected to make a major change to its traditional Finals schedule, ending the 2-3-2 format and returning to the 2-2-1-1-1 game rotation used in all other playoff rounds, multiple sources told ESPN.com. The league’s competition committee has voted to recommend the change to the league’s board of directors. “The idea was raised at the competition committee and was well-received and the committee ultimately unanimously voted to recommend the change in format,” NBA spokesman Tim Frank said Sunday.
Mark Berman: NBA spokesman Tim Frank confirms the Rockets fined $150K for comments made in violation of the league”s moratorium rules.
The Sacramento contingent seeking to buy the Kings and block the franchise’s move to Seattle submitted its bid to purchase the team Tuesday night. The amount of the bid was not revealed. NBA spokesman Tim Frank said the bid will now be examined by a committee of owners today during meetings at the NBA Headquarters in midtown Manhattan. Those owners – members of the relocation and finance committees – will eventually recommend whether to approve the Kings’ proposed sale and relocation to Seattle or accept the Sacramento offer.
Johnson also announced that former Kings great Mitch Richmond would join the local ownership group and that the city’s proposal would include an option to return WNBA basketball to Sacramento. Sources close to the situation told PBT that the framework of the offer delivered to the NBA on Friday was very close to Seattle’s $341 million offer for a controlling 65 percent interest in the club. NBA spokesman Tim Frank confirmed delivery of the offer on Friday, the day of the deadline.
After the Super Bowl was delayed by a 34-minute power outage earlier this month at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the NBA took extra steps to make sure nothing like it occurs during its All-Star Saturday events or Sunday night’s All-Star Game at the Toyota Center. But in case something unforeseen occurs, the NBA and the Toyota Center have put in a number of contingency plans, NBA officials confirmed earlier this week. “We are prepared with contingency plans for a myriad of potential scenarios,’’ NBA spokesman Tim Frank said. “In the very unlikely event there is a power outage at the Toyota Center, there is a back-up system that restores power immediately.’’
The NBA has promoted Mike Bass to Executive Vice President, Communications, it was announced today by NBA Deputy Commissioner and COO Adam Silver. As Executive Vice President, Bass, who reports to Silver, will oversee all public relations for the NBA, WNBA and NBA Development League, including basketball and business communications, on a global basis. Tim Frank, NBA Senior Vice President, Basketball Communications, will continue to direct the basketball communications efforts for all three leagues and will report to Bass.
The Nets’ season opener instead will be Saturday night at Barclays Center against the Toronto Raptors. Bloomberg, who confirmed that game would go on as scheduled, said he’s working with the city to provide extra bus service for fans to get to the arena. Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald said Friday’s game against the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden is still on. NBA spokesman Tim Frank later confirmed that in an email. “We’re good to go,” Grunwald said. The NBA said it doesn’t anticipate the status of the Knicks-Heat game to change Thursday. Nets coach Avery Johnson informed his team in the middle of Wednesday’s practice at Barclays Center that the game against the Knicks was postponed. “We’re definitely disappointed … but we realize the seriousness of the situation,” Nets point guard Deron Williams said on “SportsCenter.” “A lot of people have lost homes and lost loved ones, so in the grand scheme of things, it’s really not that important.”
Stern signaled last spring that a policy was probably coming. “We just want to put a stake in the ground that says,`This is not something that we want to be part of our game,’ without coming down with a sledgehammer, but just doing it in a minimalist way to begin stamping it out,” Stern said after a competition committee meeting in June. “And I think there are ways we can do that, and we’ll have to wait and see exactly what we come up with.”
The NBA is about to act in hopes of stopping the floppers. Spokesman Tim Frank said Thursday the league is finalizing procedures to deal with flopping, the art of falling down when little or no contact was made in an effort to trick referees into calling a foul. Frank said the competition committee met two weeks ago and discussed plans that would go in place this season. Commissioner David Stern believes too many players are deceiving referees by flopping and has been seeking a way to properly penalize them. The procedures will likely involve a postgame review of the play by the league office, rather than an official calling an infraction during the game, Frank said. Players would likely be fined if the league determined they flopped.
NBA spokesman Tim Frank said the two fans “were in their ticketed seats. Vince sat in a ticketed seat instead of the bench and it gave the appearance that they were actually on the bench, but they weren’t on the bench. They were in ticketed seats. “For a lack of a better term, (Jack) Nicholson’s seat (at Los Angles Laker games) sit there at the end. They’re at the back end of the bench instead of the front end of the bench.’’ Carter knew something was out of the ordinary when he couldn’t find a place to sit next to West. But his hands were tied — until the Mavs got the call from the NBA. “I wasn’t going to ask them to move, because they paid their money to sit there,’’ Carter said. “I didn’t feel obligated to do that. “I see where people blew it all of out of proportion. They were sitting there, they were cool and they were watching the game and minding their business.’’
The players’ growing interest in decertification almost ensures that the union will not retreat from its demand for a 52 percent revenue split, and league sources have told Broussard a significant number of owners are growing resistant to offering the players a 50/50 split. Federal mediator George Cohen will also attend Saturday afternoon’s meeting, according to league spokesman Tim Frank.
Ken Berger: League spokesman Tim Frank says mediator has asked both sides to refrain from commenting, and they are abiding.
The Knicks’, Bulls’ and Lakers’ combined net income for 2009-10 does not cover the losses of the 23 unprofitable teams. Our net loss for that year, including the gains from the seven profitable teams, was -$340 million. “Forbes’s estimates – a $183 million profit for the NBA in 2009-10, and those issued by the league, which claim a $370M loss…” Forbes’s data is inaccurate. Our losses for 2009-10 were -$340 million, not -$370 million as the article states. “The leaked financial statements for one team, the New Orleans Hornets, closely matched the Forbes data …”
Mr. Frank’s full statement is reproduced below: The information from Forbes that serves as the basis for this article is inaccurate and we do not know how they do their calculations. Forbes does not have the financial data for our teams and the magazine’s estimates do not reflect reality. Precisely to avoid this issue, the N.B.A. and its teams shared their complete league and team audited financials as well as our state and Federal tax returns with the Players Union. Those financials demonstrate the substantial and indisputable losses the league has incurred over the past several years. The analysis that was posted this afternoon has several significant factual inaccuracies, including: “[The N.B.A.] is a fundamentally healthy and profitable business” The league lost money every year of the just expiring CBA. During these years, the league has never had positive Net Income, EBITDA or Operating Income. “Many of the purported losses result from an unusual accounting treatment related to depreciation and amortization when a team is sold.”
In a statement e-mailed to The Times, Tim Frank, a spokesman for the National Basketball Association, has disputed an analysis by Forbes Magazine suggesting that the N.B.A. turned a $183 million operating profit in its 2009-10 season. Instead, according to Mr. Frank, the league lost $340 million that year and has lost money every year during the current collective bargaining agreement.
Ben Golliver: After Dirk Nowitzki bolted court, NBA Senior VP Basketball Communications Tim Frank personally chased him down
The NBA fined 24-year referee Ken Mauer and Suns guard Zabian Dowdell undisclosed amounts for an exchange they had that led to Dowdell’s ejection in a March 30 game. Dowdell entered the game with 3:02 remaining and the Suns trailing by 20. Two minutes later, the exchange occurred after a Dowdell turnover. The rookie reported to the league that Mauer used a derogatory name, which prompted a Dowdell response that could have been considered a threat. “While we do not believe Mauer used the language that was reported, his actions were still deemed to be inappropriate,” NBA spokesman Tim Frank said.
Chris Iott: NBA spokesman Tim Frank said via email that the incident Monday night involving Charlie Villanueva is still being reviewed.
Spooner sued Krawczynski for libel, and the NBA didn’t join as a party. Today, NBA spokesman Tim Frank made a statement on the issue. “We investigated the content of the tweet when it appeared, found it to be without substance, and informed Mr. Spooner that we considered the matter closed. We subsequently advised Mr. Spooner’s lawyer that we did not think suing a journalist over an incorrect tweet would be productive. Nevertheless, Mr. Spooner and his lawyer decided to commence this litigation and any future inquiries should be directed to Mr. Spooner’s lawyer.”