It didn’t take long for Baron Davis to see Mauze’s …

It didn’t take long for Baron Davis to see Mauze’s vision for Chalkboard. The two-time NBA All-Star invested in, and sits on the Advisory Board of, Sleeper (think: Discord for fantasy sports). While that company may lack mainstream prominence, it has more than 3 million active users, a top-50 user-retention ranking within the App Store and a long list of high-profile investors (including Andreesen Horowitz, which led a $40 million Series C round at a $400 million valuation). “I was drawn to Chalkboard because, to me, it felt like their mission and their product were aligned with what I believe to be the future of sports tech—specialized, focused, social spaces for fans,” Davis said.
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January 28, 2023 | 9:39 pm EST Update

Tom Thibodeau feels no pressure with James Dolan expectations

On the heels of James Dolan publicly declaring his playoff expectations for this season, Knicks’ coach Tom Thibodeau said he doesn’t feel pressure to reach the owner’s goal. “I never feel pressure because I know what I put into each day,” Thibodeau said. “I think anybody who puts everything they have into each day, you never feel pressure.” Dolan told WFAN on Friday that he “fully expects” the Knicks to reach the playoffs and “that will definitely be a benchmark.” Left unsaid was what would occur if the Knicks fail, but coaches are often the first on the chopping block when an owner is displeased.
January 28, 2023 | 8:32 pm EST Update
“As I’ve gone through free agency this time around, of course I’m thinking of where I can compete for my third championship, but the words home and family are what I kept coming back to … I need to be there for my daughter, for my son, for my wife,” Parker posted. “I can’t be without them for parts of the season when Lailaa is in school and I won’t miss her volleyball games or school dances simply because of distance. Lailaa starts high school in August and I need to be there for her, just as she’s been there for me. “After evaluating the landscape together with my family, we’ve decided the Las Vegas Aces are the right organization for us at this point in our lives.”