HoopsHype Dave Checketts rumors


February 28, 2015 Updates

No one ever played harder at the Garden, not even Oakley. Really, he is an essential, indelible part of the memories his Knicks teams made for us, whether they played a style that sometimes seemed more fit for a game in an alley behind a saloon. “He was a nasty character on the court who was capable of being an extraordinary gentleman away from it,” Dave Checketts said on Saturday morning. “We would make school visits or even hospital visits, and you’d look over, and Mase would always find the kid in the corner. I always believed it was because he had grown up being that kid himself.” New York Daily News

March 2, 2014 Updates

The only time the Knicks didn’t make it past the first round of the playoffs was Van Gundy’s last full season coaching, in 2000-01. Marcus Camby’s sister was abducted in the middle of the first round against the Raptors, Camby was never the same once he returned to the team, and the Knicks lost in five. James L. Dolan asked Checketts to leave after that season, Van Gundy resigned 19 games into the next season, feeling he would be asked to leave when the season was over. For those 10 years, with Checketts in charge of basketball at the Garden and Riley and Van Gundy coaching (with a 34-25 stint by Don Nelson in between), the Knicks had a regular season record of 495-293, which is 202 games over .500. They went to the Finals twice, the conference finals two more times, and the conference semifinals five other times. And you know that for so much of it they were going up against Michael Jordan in his prime. You know what has happened since. New York Daily News

January 28, 2012 Updates
November 21, 2011 Updates

From his vantage point, RSL owner and pro sports mogul Dave Checketts can't envision the Miller family selling the Jazz. He doesn't view their commitment as conditional. "I think the Jazz have a tremendous, tremendous fan following. I think teams like that will always exist in the markets they're in," said Checketts, whose resume includes time spent as the Jazz's president and general manager. "I don't think the Jazz are an endangered species." Deseret News

November 10, 2011 Updates

David Aldridge: Just heard from 3 people who are, as we say, directly involved in talks. "Not true...long, long list of things to go." "He is wrong." "No." Twitter

Sam Amick: Players' side source in the room says of alleged agreement, "Not at all (true). We have yet to discuss our positions at all." Twitter

Sam Amick: That being said, a source close to it told me today that a particular owners' concession late last night broke off the talks in a good way. I wasn't given details on which issue, but created positive bridge to today that could explain "nothing changed since last night" comments. Twitter

Ken Berger: In addition, a person briefed on talks says deal is not done. Keep in mind, as @Sam Amick points out, those in room very cautious. Twitter

Checketts said he's been informed the new CBA is a 10-year deal based around a 50-50 split of basketball-related income. "I've received a couple of phone calls from friends who are very close to the process who say, 'We have a deal, and now it's a matter of getting everything straightened out,' " Checketts said on ESPN 700. He added: "I think there's going to be a deal within the next few hours or days." Salt Lake Tribune

ESPN 700 said that National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) spokesman Dan Wasserman called after Checketts' interview to say reports about a deal are false. "I guess I have to say I'm a little more unclear than when I started this interview 20 minutes ago, where people saying to me we had a deal and it's just a matter of ironing things out and an announcement could be made any minute," Checkets. "I think it looks like perhaps they've taken step back; it's not as close as I thought, and such is the matter when it comes to these negotiations." He added: "But I think good things are happening." Salt Lake Tribune

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