So I waited until one day I got a call from an 818 area code and had a very polished gentleman who identified himself as Cerruti Brown on the other end. I had asked some other people questions about Mr. Brown prior to this call and no one knew anything of substance. It seemed to be by design, which raised some questions… But I was open to hearing the story. We had a very nice and pleasant conversation and I agreed with many of the points Mr. Brown was raising in reference to creating an alternative and offering a better paying option than the D-League or overseas for American players who were not in the NBA. If the most important question involved – financing – was in place, clearly the concept was a home run. After we had established the genius behind the concept, it was my turn to ask questions that I knew would tell me everything I needed to know.
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What have you done to secure signage, balls and uniforms? How are you going to make this look like a professionally-run league as opposed to a bunch of recognizable players playing pickup basketball? The answer I received to this question let me know right away that the AmeriLeague would unfortunately never exist in real life. “We haven’t thought a lot about that yet, but I am sure we will figure something out. We haven’t ordered uniforms or signage yet but that should be the easiest part.”
One player agent told Sporting News that he didn’t like the feeling he got from the league and Alexander. He requested anonymity to protect his clients’ future opportunities. “We can advise our guys but we can’t force them to do anything,” the agent said. “I advised my clients highly, highly, highly against it from Day 1. I knew something was fishy. But when you’re dealing with a guy who is a former NBA player and is getting $3,000 a month offers overseas, our No. 1 plan was the D-League. But this Vegas league approached us about $200,000 for a few months, and my response was, ‘This is not good.’ ”
Others told similar stories. Ethan Norof was an NBA editor at Bleacher Report when AmeriLeague piqued his interest, and he became the league’s first commissioner before quickly becoming one of its first resignations. Alexander Chea wanted to build out his portfolio as a Web designer, so he signed on to build AmeriLeague’s website shell for free — only to have Alexander offer a job if he did more work on it.
Heck, AmeriLeague still exists. And the league’s third commissioner, Marcus Bass, initially hired for marketing, said Alexander’s identity being revealed isn’t a problem for the league itself. “The brand is as strong as ever,” Bass told D-League Digest, the blog that has been at the forefront of much of the coverage. “Cerruti Brown is a scam. AmeriLeague is not a scam.” So yes, you could see games being played one day in the AmeriLeague — though no one interviewed would bet on Bass’ optimism. And yes, this good idea could be revived in another format, another year, with new leadership.
The founder of the fledgling pro basketball league AmeriLeague, identified publicly for months as “Cerruti Brown,” told the league’s operations manager Wednesday night that the persona is fictitious and he actually is a former basketball standout who has numerous criminal convictions for fraud, Outside the Lines has learned. “I talked to him, asked him, and he admitted he was [former McDonald’s All-American] Glendon Alexander,” Marcus Bass, AmeriLeague’s operations manager, told Outside the Lines. “He told me he was stepping away and to tell the staff that there’ll be new ownership. I was in shock. I’m just hoping that all the people who have worked on this project can land on their feet.”
Late Wednesday night, hours after Outside the Lines began questioning current and former league officials, the AmeriLeague website prominently displayed: “Cerruti Brown is Glendon Alexander. YEAH you should google GLENDON ALEXANDER, he is a con artist.” It was later removed from the site.
Little else is known about Brown. In an attempt to obtain more info about him, D-League Digest performed a Spokeo search on a phone number reportedly belonging to Brown, only to find out its registered to “LV Dealers” and nothing more. D-League Digest attempted to contact Brown via the phone number provided but there was no answer. D-League Digest was scheduled to interview Amerileague President Jonathan Jordan for this article. Upon clarifying a scheduled time, his email account responded with the following: I have resigned from my position with AmeriLeague. Please refer all inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Several agents who spoke to D-League Digest said they are highly skeptical of this league moving forward with such little information on Brown or the financial backing. “There’s not a chance I’d let any of my clients sign with that league, it’s too good to be true,” according to one agent. “(Amerileague) needs to build up its own credibility before we put our own on the line,” a second agent representative said.
Adam Johnson: According to one source, Amerileague CEO Cerruti Brown last spoke to one head coach over 2 weeks ago. No contact since.
The AmeriLeague and Henry Walker, have agreed to the terms of a contract that will allow the 6’6 small forward to compete in the 2015-16 season. Per league policy, terms of the contracts were not released.
Jeff Zillgitt: Royce White, the 16th pick by the Rockets in 2012 draft, is the latest player to agree to a contract with the AmeriLeague, based in Vegas.
Sam Amico: Ex-NBA big man Melvin Ely named assistant coach in new AmeriLeague, per source. Ely on Martin Knezevic’s staff (Las Vegas High Rollers).
Alex Kennedy: Henry Walker – who spent last year with the Miami Heat – is the latest player to sign in the AmeriLeague, according to league announcement.
Alex Kennedy: Former NBA player Josh Selby has signed a contract to play in the AmeriLeague, according to sources. http://t.co/KamCJjjXdk
Alex Kennedy: Myck Kabongo is the latest player to join the semi-pro AmeriLeague, according to a league announcement.
The AmeriLeague, a potential competitor for the NBA Developmental League, has named former Hawks center and longtime assistant coach Tree Rollins as a coach of one of its six franchises. The league also has added former NBA players Terrence Williams, Antoine Wright, and David Harrison to its rosters. The league will begin play on Nov. 9 at the Cashman Center in Las Vega
Alex Kennedy: Recap: AmeriLeague says they signed Terrence Williams, Dajuan Wagner, Antoine Wright, recruit Ted Kapita. Tree Rollins hired as first coach. Oh, and I left one former NBA player off of the list of players the AmeriLeague announced: former Indiana Pacers big man David Harrison.
The AmeriLeague have acquired forwards Terrence Williams and Antoine Wright. Both have agreed to the terms of a contract that will allow the former 11th (Williams) and 15th (Wright) overall NBA draft picks to compete in the 2015-16 AmeriLeague season.
Adam Zagoria: The @AmeriLeague will add 8-10 former NBA players in coming days, source tells @SNYtv
Adam Zagoria: Speaking of the semi-pro @theAmeriLeague, they are also in talks with Nolan Smith, Negus Webster-Chan and Nick Williams.
Former first-round pick David Harrison has verbally agreed to a deal with the semipro Las Vegas Dealers, who are also in significant discussions with ex-NBA player Royce White. The Dealers are part of the startup Amerileague, which intends to target top high school talent and well-known former NBA players.
Harrison has a contract offer for $200,000, according to his agent Zach Charles. White also has a deal on the table worth a guaranteed $200,000, league commissioner Ethan Norof confirmed to ESPN on Thursday night. “We’re excited to have David join the Amerileague and look forward to adding additional NBA talent in the near future,” Norof said. “We also plan to stay aggressive in our pursuit of the top high school prospects.”
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September 20, 2021 | 8:16 am EDT Update
UNICS Kazan announced the signing of former Milwaukee Bucks and Dallas Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo. The 33-year-old veteran will make his european debut in VTB League and the EuroLeague this season, signing a one-year deal with the club. Mayo has 573 NBA games under his belt, with the Memphis Grizzlies, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Dallas Mavericks, averaging 13.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.0 steal per contest.
“Shabazz Napier underwent a comprehensive examination. He has a rather serious injury to the ligaments of the right ankle joint. On the positive side, I can say that there is no fracture and, therefore, there is no need for surgery, of the minuses, the recovery time is still unknown. We have all the necessary conditions to get him back on the floor quickly. All is needed is the support of the fans,” general manager Alexander Tserkovny said. Napier moved to Europe after six years in the NBA and showed promise in front of the season. In the first VTB SuperCup game, against UNICS, he banked in 33 points on 8-11 shooting including 6-8 from deep. He also dished out four assists during the 30 minutes on the floor.
Organizers of a planned museum about basketball great Larry Bird in Terre Haute are starting to assemble thousands of items ahead of its expected opening next year. The museum will be part of the new Terre Haute Convention Center, which remains under construction with an anticipated completion date of March 2022. It will include items donated by Bird and others from his career with the Boston Celtics, Indiana State University and the U.S. Olympic team. The site for work on cataloging the memorabilia is being modified for security and should be ready within weeks, the Tribune-Star reported.
September 20, 2021 | 4:09 am EDT Update
According to a league source, projections indicate that a $171 million salary cap is possible, assuming no cap smoothing, by 2025. Should the NBPA instead agree to cap smoothing, it’s likely the league will still see annual increases to the extent of $15 million, according to source.
The NBA also has a $1.5 billion streaming deal with Chinese-based company Tencent Holdings. “I think everyone expects that so long as the public is demonstrating through ratings that they are watching the NBA, you can probably expect increases there as well,” said former CBS Sports president Neal Pilson. “I would think the NBA is going to look for significant increases.”
Brother Pau Gasol recently spoke with Spanish newspaper Marca, and the topic of Marc’s future came up. “Marc has earned the freedom and flexibility to make his own decision and he will do so when he decides. I know he has a lot of enthusiasm for Basquet Girona, a club in which I am also involved as vice president. He is in a different situation, because he is five years younger than me. We will see what he decides to do this season and later, I am also waiting.“