Los Angeles Kings Rumors
When he joined the Kings, the organization had 55 employees. By the time he left, it had thousands and was part of AEG, whose holdings included the Los Angeles Galaxy of MLS. In McGowan’s 17 years with the organization, he had risen to chief operating officer of AEG Sports, overseeing the business operations of the Kings, Stanley Cup winners in 2012, as well as the Galaxy, winners of the MLS Cup in 2011 and 2012. As the Kings celebrated their Stanley Cup victory, McGowan went slip sliding to join them on the Staples Center ice – one of the few suits allowed to do so. He’d even grown a playoff beard, part of the NHL tradition when pursuing what many consider to be the most venerated trophy in sports.
McGowan may not have any say in on-floor operations of the Blazers but, during his classroom talk, he asked an assistant to keep him updated on the Blazers’ performance that night against Milwaukee. He fielded questions from students and placed special emphasis on one point. “Learn to sell,” McGowan said. “If you want a high probability of getting into an organization, the biggest opportunities are in sales.”
After the Los Angeles Lakers used the amnesty clause to waive Metta World Peace, the veteran forward announced his plan to pull a sort of bizarro-world Michael Jordan, retiring from basketball to play hockey.
Whether the Kings are actually planning on selling these jerseys remains to be seen. The Kings’ social-media department is known for its sense of humor, but given how popular Metta is in Los Angeles, the Kings might be able to actually sell enough of these to make it worth their while.
As I’ve said before, Spurs coach/non-NHL fan Gregg Popovich has been media gold recently. When asked if he watched and was relieved by the quick outcome of the LA Kings hockey game that could have pushed this Spurs-Clips game back to Monday if it went too long, Popovich said: “Absolutely. I watched it (long pause). I didn’t know what was going on, but I watched it.”
The unusual number of on-court slips and spills by both the Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder during Saturday’s Game 4 was not because of the ice rink beneath the court, according to Staples Center officials. The ice has been there since September and there have not been any previous complaints about slipping. Several Oklahoma City players complained of slippery conditions after point guard Russell Westbrook slipped near the sideline at the end of the first half. He was not injured and returned to play the second half. Michael Roth, spokesman for Staples Center, said the referees deemed the court safe. “The referees didn’t have any complaints with the court,” Roth said. “And everything was done as usual in these circumstances.”