With Blake Griffin committing to the Nets on a minimum deal (Sean Marks has done it again!) after a buyout with the Detroit Pistons, the pair of Brooklyn superstars were naturally asked about the big news. James Harden gave a brief synopsis of what to expect. “I’m sure he wants to win. If he’s passed up more money to obviously stay in Detroit, he wants to win and he wants to have an opportunity to play meaningful minutes, and I’m assuming that’s one of the reasons why he came,” said Harden. “Obviously, we know the athletic and high-jumping Blake. But as of these last couple of years, he’s knocking down the three-ball a little bit better, the ball-handling is a lot better. He can be a great contribution to this team.”
March 28, 2023 | 12:42 pm EDT Update
Nets shut down Ben Simmons for the rest of the season
Nick Friedell: Jacque Vaughn says the Nets are shutting down Ben Simmons for the rest of the season.
Jared Weiss: Payton Pritchard will play tonight. Said he had plantar fasciitis and a bone bruise in his heel but he finally feels ready to go.
A.J. Perez: Josh Harris, the owner of the 76ers and Devils, has entered a fully-funded bid to purchase the Washington Commanders, source confirms to @FOS. @AdamSchefter reports the bid was for $6B. Story to come.
Jimmy Haslam offered up the first public comments on his impeding purchase of a significant share of the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday at the NFL owner’s meetings in Arizona. Speaking to Ohio reporters, Jimmy and Dee Haslam — owners of the Cleveland Browns — said the purchase of Marc Lasry’s 25% is still weeks away from NBA approval so they didn’t want to get into specifics, but did say Wes Edens would assume governorship of the team while the Haslam Sports Group learns the NBA business.
“It’s opportunistic,” Jimmy Haslam said of the impending purchase. “I mean listen, we never thought we’d own 10% of the Steelers. Never thought we’d own the Browns. Dee and I had never been, beside watching (daughter) Whitney play high school soccer, had never been to a soccer game. So it’s just opportunistic. It was straightened set of circumstances; we were called on this opportunity. Business, sports, you tend to be optimistic. I have no idea what will happen next. First thing’s first, let’s get this done and then let’s get the Browns winning games.”
Sports Illustrated Studios & 101 Studios has partnered with future Hall of Famer Stephen Curry and his Unanimous Media to produce a narrative film and a documentary about the All Star Café. The projects will be based on Jon Wertheim’s 2020 Sports Illustrated article.
The All Star Café opened in New York City on December 18, 1995, with much fanfare as the themed eatery set up to be for sports what the Hard Rock Cafe is for music. It opened with a flurry of paparazzi, red carpet and a slew of A list celebrities and athletes, but the final buzzer sounded on September 23, 2007 when it shuttered under the cloud of bankruptcy. That final chapter included the largest sports memorabilia heist in history cooked up by a group of knuckle-headed kitchen staffers, in what has been hailed as a Coen Brothers Fargo-esque criminal event.