Beloved former Memphis Grizzlies star Zach Randolph has put his East Memphis home up for sale. It has 5 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, a pool, and an 11,000 square foot basketball court. Z-Bo bought the home in April of 2013 for just over $3 million. The house is currently listed for $3.65 million.
As Seattle finalized a plan for a Key Arena remodel with the potential to bring a men’s NBA team back to Seattle, the Bellevue estate that former Seattle Supersonics point guard Gary Payton bought in 1997 came on the market. While it’s been out of Payton’s hands since 2011, very little has changed between then and now, aside from the addition of a pool house. One relic of the NBA All-Star Team alum’s time on the property is a party pad in the main house dubbed “Payton’s Place.” First, to answer what’s likely an obvious question: Yes, the listing includes photos of Payton’s former basketball court, emblazoned with his initials on the sidelines. In fact, the well-manicured three acre grounds include a few different sports courts, plus a putting green, a pool, a hot tub, a wraparound patio, a waterfall, and lawns for relaxing after a game of one-on-one—and that’s just the outside.
The party doesn’t stop inside Payton’s Place, though—a high-ceilinged den with yet another fireplace opens to an outdoor bar and grill, lined in brick, brings it all outside, complete with a TV for outdoor viewing. Upstairs, find several bedrooms with their own amenities, including a master with a descending TV, and a second, more informal kitchen and dining area that’s still larger than many houses have. This piece of b-ball history is on the market for $6.7 million.
NBA star JJ Redick may play for the Los Angeles Clippers, but he called this Austin, Texas, villa home until recently. Built in 2010, the residence is situated in the West Lake Hills neighborhood and features soaring ceilings, French doors, arched doorways, and crown moldings. There’s a large kitchen with a central island and a butler’s pantry. Additional highlights include a media room with a bar and a wood-paneled library with built-ins. Occupying more than an acre of terraced lawns and gardens, the home also features an infinity pool and a cabana, all amid verdant vistas. Listed for $5 million, this 10,000-square-foot home has 6 bedrooms, 6 baths, and 3 half baths.
Porzingis has an apartment in Manhattan but spends most of his time with his family in White Plains, not far from the Knicks' practice facility. Having a support system in place – his family joined him after the draft – is unusual for Porzingis after learning on his own in Spain, but he prefers having loved ones around to encourage him and keep him grounded. Porzingis' family plans to take short road trips to watch games in Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington, D.C. Talis proudly pulled out his cellphone to record Kristaps stepping on the floor for pregame warmups before the Knicks' win against the Wizards on Oct. 31. “They make sure, whenever I’m a little too high, they calm me down. When I’m down, they give me some confidence,” Porzingis told Yahoo Sports. “My older brothers, they know how to keep my head straight and be thinking about what I need to do on the court. Now I have that in me, that mentality, that I want to get better and better every game. Thanks to them, they showed me the way.”
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That all changed in 2006. A couple of days before Bryant would score 81 points against the Toronto Raptors, Colangelo invited him to his office in Phoenix. The Lakers were in town to face the Suns, but Colangelo had something else on his mind: He wanted Bryant to represent the United States at the 2008 Olympics. “I knew in advance that he really wanted to be a part of U.S.A. Basketball,” said Colangelo, who had taken over as managing director of the men’s national team after its disastrous third-place finish at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens — a far cry from the standard of excellence set by Michael Jordan and the so-called Dream Team that won gold in 1992. “It was on his list of things that he wanted to accomplish, because he had never played for U.S.A. Basketball. No junior teams or anything like that. So it was important to him, and his commitment was huge.”
“Cavs GM Ron Hrovat, a basketball neophyte, was entrusted with the responsibility of hand-delivering the contract to Chamberlain’s palatial home in Bel Air,” the Hall of Famer wrote. “Nobody was there when Hrovat arrived, so he stuck the contract in the gate. By the time Chamberlain showed up, the papers were strewn around his yard.” Which did not sit well with Wilt. “Chamberlain immediately got Albeck on the phone,” Vecsey wrote. “‘Forget it, Little Man,’ he said, using his endearing nickname for Albeck. “I can’t play for a team that handles its business like that.” Albeck lamented how the Cavaliers’ pursuit of Chamberlain concluded. “He was this close to coming back,” he told Vecsey, holding his thumb and index finger an inch apart.
Fred Katz: John Wall: “I’m 110 percent. I’m healthy.” I will answer the follow-up, since he and the organization have said it 392 times: No, he does not plan on playing this season, even if there are more Wizards regular-season games to be played.
Wilson also will supply balls for the WNBA, NBA G League, NBA 2K League and Basketball Africa League. The NBA and Wilson haven’t disclosed the terms of the deal other than to say it’s multiyear, but it’s believed to be 10 years. The NBA’s relationship with Wilson isn’t a new one. The company provided NBA game balls from 1946, when the NBA launched as the Basketball Association of America, until Spalding took over the contract in 1983. “We didn’t spend a lot of time having to get to know them or know what they’ve done throughout the course of this history and brand,” LaRocca said.
But Eastern Conference teams have already pushed back at the league for the group stage suggestion, according to league sources. The East is weaker than the West, and teams wouldn’t want to give up leverage in future discussions to reseed the postseason or remove conferences entirely. It’s a fair point, but conferences aren’t going away any time soon due to challenges and concerns with coast-to-coast travel, even under normal circumstances. In my opinion, the groups are balanced almost every single way you distribute teams from each tier. All teams in Tier 2 and 3 are relatively even, and with the exception of the Mavericks, the same can be said for Tiers 4 and 5. Any minor kinks could be ironed out if the league and the NBPA agree to fully explore this scenario.