It’s crunch time for Bob Iger if the outgoing Disney executive chairman wants to announce another gig before he leaves the company at the end of the year. Several options are still on the table, I’m told, but one potential scenario could be particularly interesting: NBA owner. Iger has told at least a couple friends that he’d love to front a bid for the Phoenix Suns if the hoops team were to become available, which it just might in the next couple months.
He’s close with Silver, thanks to years of Disney’s ABC and ESPN broadcasting games. And he’s even closer with Chris Paul, who was president of the NBA Players Association when the Covid “bubble” games were staged at Disney’s compound in Florida, and who happens to play for the Suns. “I consider him a very good friend,” Iger said of Paul last year. Iger has long harbored sports ambitions, at one point pursuing an NFL team in his L.A. hometown, which, of course, is just a short 45 minute private flight to Phoenix. And Iger and his family are close with billionaire private equity mogul Tony Ressler and his wife, Jami Gertz (yes, the actress), who own the Atlanta Hawks.
Suns Managing General Partner Robert Sarver told azcentral sports Thursday that he has "zero interest" in selling the team. Sarver's comment came in response to a note item in the Washington Post in which an NBA writer said, "There are already rumblings around the league that Robert Sarver, who bought the team from Jerry Colangelo for $401 million in 2004, is looking to cash out." "There's zero accuracy to that story," Sarver said. "Zero. I have zero interest in selling."
January 25, 2022 | 8:26 pm EST Update
Josh Lewenberg: Wow, Justin Champagnie and PJ Washington are both ejected for what looked like a pretty minor scuffle. So the Raptors, who were already without VanVleet, Barnes and Birch, are down another body. Watanabe checks in, and… wait… is that Malachi Flynn’s music?
January 25, 2022 | 7:02 pm EST Update
Chris Haynes: Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis (MCL sprain) will return tonight against the Brooklyn Nets after a month-long absence and will be on a minutes restriction, league sources tell @NBAonTNT, @YahooSports.
Boston Celtics: Coach Udoka says of Jayson Tatum building on his 51-point, 10-rebound, 7-assist effort, “The thing we liked about last game was he mixed it up well … Shot it well from the start and got downhill, made the right play whether he was scoring or making passes.”