New York Rumors
Ben Bolch: Clippers’ free agency pitch meeting with Kevin Durant is expected to take place in New York, per source.
Durant’s representatives at Roc Nation are working to solidify invitations with the Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs and Thunder, league sources said. The meetings are expected to take place in New York, but teams are still awaiting word on a location.
The Lakers are a national phenomenon, with a fan base of 15.7 million people, behind only the Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees, according to ESPN research. However, more people in Los Angeles watch the Clippers than the Lakers when the games are broadcast on ESPN. And the Clippers are even making inroads among the celebrities; the likes of Rihanna, Jay-Z and Beyoncé are just as likely to sit in the front row when the Clippers’ red-and-blue-trimmed court is down as when the more familiar purple and gold is on the floor. Actor Anthony Anderson often sports Clippers gear on the TV show “Black-ish.”
Former Atlanta Hawks center Pero Antic on Friday filed a civil suit against the New York Police Department, and Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha will file suit this week, a source close to the proceedings said. False arrest, unlawful imprisonment, assault, battery, negligence, civil rights violations and malicious prosecution were listed as the claims in Antic’s complaint. Under Antic’s notice of claim, filed last year, $25 million was set as the maximum amount Antic can recover.
“The NYPD has all but conceded that they falsely and improperly arrested Pero Antic,” Alex Spiro, Pero’s attorney, said. “They will now be held responsible.” Sefolosha’s suit, which will name the NYPD and other city agencies, will likely include charges of unlawful force, unlawful arrest and malicious prosecution, the source said. Sefolosha’s notice of claim, also filed last year, set $50 million as the ceiling he can be compensated for damages.
The All-Star Game is headed to Charlotte for 2017 and although nothing is official, league sources consider Los Angeles and Brooklyn to be strong favorites to land All-Star Weekend for 2018 and 2019. Cleveland has put in a bid for 2018. Sources say the league feels Brooklyn is deserving of its own All-Star Weekend in the near future since it shared the event with New York in 2015.