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Jordan also has recently gotten a call from New York forward Carmelo Anthony, the officials said. Anthony wanted Jordan to know the Knicks want his services too. He has been hanging out with Dallas forward Chandler Parsons in Houston, the officials said. The conversations have been about Jordan joining the Mavericks, who are viewed as having the strongest chance of luring him away from the Clippers.
But the 76ers are expected to pick Russell third overall in the draft Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Los Angeles Lakers could snatch him up at No. 2. And there’s a chance he could slip to fourth to the New York Knicks. The interest of those teams was obvious during a predraft media availability Wednesday at a Manhattan hotel. Media members were crowded around Russell’s podium 10 minutes before he was scheduled to speak. And it stayed that way throughout his 30-minute news conference. “I was actually in my room before I came down here, just sitting on my bed for like 10 minutes,” he said, “just thinking, soaking it all in, thanking God.
But he certainly wouldn’t have a problem settling into a New York state of mind and suiting up as a teammate of Carmelo Anthony’s if the Knicks end up selecting him with the fourth overall pick in the June 25 draft at Barclays Center. “I would love to, but I don’t know where I’m going to end up,” Mudiay said once the lottery results were unveiled at the Hilton in midtown. “He’s a superstar in this league and somebody that knows the game in and out, so he would definitely give me some good advice if I was to go there.”
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And almost always, Allen stops in the private suite, perhaps to indulge in Papa Haydn desserts, or his other favorite Portland delicacy, Escape From New York Pizza. But on Saturday, as Bert Kolde, his right-hand man and director on the Blazers’ board, stopped off at the suite, Allen trudged on. He didn’t say a word to either Olshey or Kolde. And as he inched down the hallway at a snail’s pace, he didn’t look up but once, to slightly veer from a ballboy wheeling a cart hauling water coolers. I’ve never seen Allen provided with such a berth. And I’ve never seen him walk so slowly, or with such a dejection.
At the time, the source said, Sefolosha and Antic were walking down the block to get into a car that would take them back to their team hotel. The source said Sefolosha did not run toward the cop as the complaint said. Rather, the source said “Sefolosha turns to him and asked in substance what the officer’s problem was with him.’” At this point, the source said, Sefolosha and the officer got into an argument, which led to Sefolosha’s arrest for obstruction of a governmental function, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. The arrest took place at the corner of 10th Avenue, more than 120 feet away from the scene of the stabbing at 1OAK night club. Antic was also arrested and charged with obstructing a governmental function, disorderly conduct, and harassment. According to an NYPD spokesperson, he was initially charged with menacing “for physically grabbing a police officer,” but these charges do not appear in the criminal complaint against him. The source said that rather than grabbing the officer, Antic “tapped the officer on the shoulder.”
A source close to Sefolosha, who did not witness the incident but has spoken to several people who did, told SI.com a divergent view of what happened from the official police account. According to the criminal complaint against Sefolosha, an officer arrested the Hawks player and teammate Pero Antic after they refused six times to comply with his request to disperse from the crime scene. According to the complaint, an officer “observed the defendant Thabo Sefolosha run in an aggressive manner towards the direction” of another officer. But according to the source, it was the officer who was the initial aggressor. The source said that while officers were dispersing dozens of people near the scene, one officer focused on Sefolosha, “and then he continues to track him down the block like a D-back tracking a receiver.”
The Internal Affairs bureau of the New York City Police Department has contacted counsel for Thabo Sefolosha about interviewing the Hawks forward as a complaining witness in a police incident last week, sources told ESPN.com. Sefolosha was arrested early Wednesday morning at the corner of 10th Avenue and West 17th Street in Manhattan’s Chelsea district. The police report filed by officer Johnpaul Giacona of the 10th Precinct said that Sefolosha was interfering with the establishment of a crime scene in front of 1Oak nightclub, where Pacers forward Chris Copeland was stabbed in a separate incident.
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Jon Barry, an analyst for ABC and ESPN, cited New York, Los Angeles and Miami as cities that are particularly popular among players. “People aren’t going to be going out in Milwaukee,” he said. While Barry said his night-life days were “long past” — his playing career ended in 2006 — he recalled trips to the China Club, a staple of New York’s club scene in the 1990s.
The incident shined a light on some athletes’ late-night appetites. Consider, for example, that Antic and Sefolosha happened to be at 1Oak at the same time as Copeland, said Lauren Menache, a senior account executive at Berk Communications, which counts 1Oak as one of its clients. But it was more than mere coincidence. The club is one of several in the city popular among players, Menache said. Visiting teams often stay at nearby hotels, and players know — largely through word of mouth — that they will be taken care of by management. “There’s a comfort level that their anonymity will hold up and they’ll be treated nicely,” Menache said. “They know exactly who to ask for when they arrive.”
A 22-year-old man has been charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon in the stabbing of Indianapolis Pacers player Chris Copeland outside a New York City nightclub. Shevoy Bleary was arraigned Thursday in Manhattan criminal court. His lawyer had no immediate comment on the charges.
The mother of NBA star Chris Copeland’s fiancée, who was attacked with him by a knife-wielding clubgoer at a Chelsea hotspot, said Thursday that she is rattled by the attack and her daughter will be scarred. “I was horrified,” said Rafaela Rivera. “She called me the same day it happened. He’s [Copeland] a very calm person … so what happened took me by surprise.”
A source said the Hawks players were not in Copeland’s party at 1Oak Club. Antic and Sefolosha were released without bail after a brief court appearance in which they were charged with obstructing governmental authority and disorderly conduct. Their attorney, Alex Spiro, said they did not commit any crime. “They should not have been arrested. We fully expect the case to be dismissed,” he said.
Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland is recovering in a New York hospital’s intensive care unit after a Wednesday morning stabbing incident but issued a statement Thursday thanking those who have supported him during his ordeal. “I just want to thank everyone for their well wishes and prayers. I’m overwhelmed with the outpouring of support. I look forward to coming back stronger than ever. Thank you,” he said in a statement given to ESPN’s Josina Anderson.
The game ended at nearly 10 p.m. By the time the Hawks’ plane departed for New York, where they played the Nets on Wednesday, it was probably close to midnight. If everything went according to plan, the team probably arrived at its Manhattan hotel by 3 a.m., which gave Sefolosha and Antic one solid hour of nightlife. “They had just won their 58th game and they’re celebrating during their last trip to New York. I don’t think it’s that big of a deal,” said one NBA player, who has partied at 1OAK but did not want to be identified. “We’ve been going there for years. You’re just looking to have a nice time, hang out with a few celebrities and stay out of trouble. Believe me, they weren’t there for trouble. That’s the last thing we want.”
The following are the details contained in the police report on the arrest of Hawks players Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha early Wednesday morning in New York City. Antic and Sefolosha were arraigned shortly before 3 p.m. and released on their own recognizance. The report was filed by Police Officer Johnpaul Giacona, Shield #9996 of the 10th Precinct.
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Chris Copeland suffered a knife wound to his left elbow and abdomen this morning in New York City. He is currently in stable condition at a New York hospital.
“We are aware that Chris Copeland was injured early this morning in New York City. We are still gathering information and will update when we know more. Our thoughts are with Chris and those injured.”
“We are aware of the situation involving Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha this morning,” Hawks Vice President of Public Relations Garin Narain said. “We are in the process of gathering more information and will have further comment at the appropriate time.”
The man who was arrested, Shezoy Bleary, 22, pulled out a knife and stabbed Copeland, 31, and slashed 28-year-old Katrine Saltara, described by investigators as Copeland’s wife, in the arm and leg, the sources said.