Hartman was the de facto general manager of the Lakers. The concession to journalism was that he did not often write about the Lakers in his newspaper column. In 1947, Hartman took a $15,000 check from Morris Chalfen to Detroit. He met Morris Winston, the owner of the Detroit Gems, at the airport, gave him the check, and the National Basketball League franchise relocated to Minneapolis as the Lakers. Chalfen’s partner was Ben Berger. Hartman, then 28, was offered the job as general manager, with the stipulation that he quit his newspaper job. He wouldn’t do that, so Max Winter — a former boxing promoter — became the official GM, with Hartman involved in personnel decisions. “Involved”’ was not a word Sid would use, by the way. He insisted that he made all of the personnel decisions that turned the Lakers into a dynasty in the early years of pro basketball.
Glen Taylor: “I am truly saddened by the news of the passing of one of the Twin Cities great personalities in Sid Hartman. With over 21,000 bylines in the Star Tribune, Sid will be considered one of the premier journalists of our time. Sid will always be a staple amongst Minnesota sports and even more so in the basketball community, helping shape what many consider the NBA’s first dynasty with the Minneapolis Lakers. I will always remember Sid for his will, determination, and the upbeat spirit with which he lived his life. Above all, I am thankful for his friendship over all these years. On behalf of the Timberwolves and Lynx, we want to extend our deepest condolences to the entire Hartman family.”
Legendary Minneapolis Star Tribune columnist Sid Hartman, whose simple prose left no doubt about his fierce loyalty to Minnesota’s teams, died Sunday. He was 100. Hartman’s son, Chad, shared the news on Twitter. “My father’s extraordinary and resilient life has come to a peaceful conclusion surrounded by his family,” Chad Hartman wrote.
In “Sid!” Hartman shared how he was instrumental in bringing the pro basketball to Minneapolis. He said he called the owner of the Detroit Gems of the National Basketball League and had local businessman Carl Chaflen pay $15,000 for the franchise. The Minneapolis Lakers then joined the NBL for the 1947-48 season.
Hartman said he acted as general manager, and signing big man Jim Pollard of Stanford was a startling accomplishment. “I was a twenty-seven-year-old kid, representing a new team and attending one of my first league meetings,” Hartman wrote. “I raised my hand in the middle of the conversation and said, ‘Commissioner, I would like to announce that the Minneapolis Lakers have signed Jim Pollard.’ You could have heard a pin drop.” Then a month before the season, team owners hired Max Winter as the Lakers’ general manager because Hartman wasn’t going to commit to work for the Lakers full-time, according to “Sid!”
December 2, 2020 | 2:18 pm EST Update
Brian Lewis: Jarrett Allen on trade rumors, contract situation: “You see everything what’s going on, I’m aware of it. I try to put it aside. Its big decisions, deciding where I’m playing; I put it all aside. Happy about it, not happy about it, it’s all basketball.” #Nets
Chris Herrington: Grizzlies camp news: Mario Hezonja and Marko Guduric are not/will not be in camp with the team. They remain on the roster for now, but barring trades a buyout for both before cut-down deadline looks likely.
Drew Shiller: Kent Bazemore: “Coming off a really big contract in Atlanta, to sign for the minimum (with the Warriors) — it’s not about the money. You can’t buy happiness. Being back here is the happiest I’ve been in a very long time. You just can’t beat that.”
Davis, who is facing a litany of criminal charges stemming from an incident involving a woman and her child, is about to begin his second training camp with the transplanted team just outside Tampa, Fla., because the rules say he must. The Raptors, to this point, have no reason to violate an agreement between the NBA and the players’ association. “We’ve obviously had our conversations with Terence, done as much due diligence as we can on the situation, but at this point it’s a matter between the NBA and the union,” Raptors general manager Bobby Webster said Tuesday. “I think sometimes that may feel a bit unsatisfying but I think that we need to be respectful of that process as well.”
Putting Davis, whose $1.5 million (U.S.) contract for the coming season became fully guaranteed Sunday, on some kind of paid leave while the league investigates the charges and the probe by New York City police continues, might have seemed a logical step. But, Webster said, it is not something the franchise could have done unilaterally. Under terms of the league’s agreement with the union on domestic abuse, sexual assault and child abuse, any discipline is handled at the league level. “That policy does govern his punishment or suspension or what may come of it.” Webster said. “The administrative leave part, as I understand it, can only be done by the NBA … I think we need to be respectful of the process here.”
What separates Holiday from Bledsoe on defense is Holiday’s ability to defend larger players. After guarding Lillard and helping the Pelicans sweep the Trail Blazers in the first round of the 2017-18 playoffs, Holiday took on an even bigger assignment and defended Durant in a second-round series against the Warriors. “He was picking me up full court,” Durant told Redick. “He was guarding me in the post. Actually, it was tough to dribble on Jrue Holiday. He slides his feet so well, he’s got good hands, he’s strong, he’s got good instincts. I gained a lot of respect for him in that series because he went from guarding me to Klay (Thompson) to Steph (Curry) to guarding Draymond (Green), neutralizing pick-and-rolls. He’s special. He’s special on that side of the ball.”
So, what has the Memphis Grizzlies budding star promised for his second NBA season? “A lot more,” Morant told The Undefeated in a phone interview last week while promoting his upcoming docuseries Promise Land. “I want to have a very successful career. “I wasn’t satisfied after winning the NBA Rookie of the Year award.”