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Denver Nuggets owner Josh Kroenke: Dan Fegan was a unique character. He was aggressive when he needed to be. He always had his players’ best interests in mind. He was interesting to deal with from my standpoint because — like I said — he always had his players’ backs until the end of the day. If you’re a player, he was the type of guy you wanted in your corner for sure.
Thibodeau on prominent NBA agent Dan Fegan, who died Sunday morning at age 56 in a motor-vehicle accident in Aspen, Colo.: “Really sad, a terrible loss. A great agent, a really good person. Just sad for his family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”
Eric Woodyard: Jazz guard Ricky Rubio mourns the loss of his former agent Dan Fegan. “He was a friend,” Rubio said. pic.twitter.com/yGt0FxcfcO
Kyle Goon: Ricky Rubio says his former agent Dan Fegan was always kind to him and his family. He credited him with bringing him over to the NBA, and said he was one of the best in the business and one of the smartest guys in every room. “We kept in touch because he was a friend.”
Liz Mullen: The family of the late NBA agent, Dan Fegan, issued a statement through Fegan’s spokesman, Terry Fahn of Sitrick and Company. Dan Fegan Family Statement:
Jusuf Nurkic: You were a great man and a better friend. I knew I liked you since the moment we met. As I saw you in your bathrobe and slippers I thought I like this guy. Thank you for everything you’ve done for me. #RipDanFegan
Dwight Howard: My heart and prayers go out to the family, especially Dan’s young son who was apparently injured in this accident. #RestWithGod 🙏🏾 twitter.com/theaspentimes/…
Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge recalled how passionate Fegan was about seeking the best care for Fegan’s brother after he was diagnosed with cancer. “I just remember Dan very emotionally talking to me about getting whatever help we could provide his family in getting his brother into Mass General [hospital in Boston] as quickly as possible for treatment,” Ainge said. “He cared so deeply about helping his brother.”
At one time, Fegan represented some of the biggest names in the NBA: Dwight Howard, DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall, Ricky Rubio, Amar’e Stoudemire, DeAndre Jordan and Shawn Marion. He had an aggressive style and was known for trying to force some of his clients from one team to another in what were sometimes public clashes. It created a difficult situation, but Fegan was determined to do what he thought was best for his client.
Fegan, who had an appreciation for fly-fishing, skiing, chess and the author Jim Harrison, was also respected by team executives who knew he negotiated on behalf of his clients. As Fegan got older, his client list decreased as he spent more time with his son. Just weeks ago, Fegan, who also had a home in the Los Angeles area, was debating staying home for All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles to see friends and acquaintances or spend the weekend in Aspen.
Mark Cuban: RIP Dan John. You were a close friend with a good heart. You are missed. twitter.com/theaspentimes/…
Marc Stein: Sad beyond words. One of the most influential agents this league has ever seen. #RIP
Jared Dudley: Wow!!!
Jared Dudley: 🙏🏾🙏🏾
Earl Watson: 🙏🏾
Fegan, 56, who at one time was the most well-respected agents in the NBA, had a very public split last March with the Independent Sports & Entertainment agency he worked for. The two sides were involved in a lawsuit after he was fired.
Fegan was killed when the SUV he was driving was hit by a Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus along Highway 82, the Colorado State Patrol said. Two other passengers in the SUV, a 29-year-old woman from California and Fegan’s 5-year-old son, were airlifted to a hospital in Denver with serious injuries, according to Colorado State Trooper Gabe Easton. The name of the woman has not been released.
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November 27, 2020 | 6:18 am EST Update
Real Madrid lost star guard Facu Campazzo to the NBA (the Denver Nuggets to be specific) and there is a reported possibility that this may also happen with another player of the team. According to Marca, Real Madrid forward Gabriel Deck will be using the exit clause on his contract with “Blancos” and sign with an NBA club even next week if his team doesn’t present him with an extension offer really soon. There are some NBA teams that have “shown an interest” for the Argentinian player and he’s ready to make the jump, unless something changes with his contract situation with Real.
One longtime league executive said the past week was the most hectic of his career. In addition to the draft and free agency crammed together in an abbreviated offseason, there are so many other less-publicized tasks that teams are trying to sort through, from COVID-19 protocols to fans possibly attending games to scheduling. It’s wild to think that regular-season games are scheduled to tip off in less than a month.
Olgun Uluc: An interesting development: Brisbane Bullets big-man, Tyrell Harrison, has been classified by the NBPA as eligible for the 2021 NBA Draft, his agent tells ESPN. The Kiwi is 21 years old, a legit 7-foot, and should get a minutes bump with Magnay gone. An intriguing, raw prospect.
For example, every day at 5 a.m., inside room 950 in the Gran Destino (where all the top-seeded teams stayed), Masai Ujiri would wake up, read his book, hop on the Peloton, and work out before heading down for breakfast. He thought nothing of his daily ritual until one morning, several weeks into the bubble, when he got a text from another former player of his: “Morning boss, you good up there?” The text was from Kawhi Leonard—Finals MVP with the Raptors, now a star on the Clippers—who was staying in room 850, directly below his old boss. Ujiri had been waking Kawhi up with his noisy workouts for weeks, but Kawhi was reluctant to say anything.
Ujiri told Kawhi that he would stop for the time being and joked that he would continue again when the Raptors met the Clippers in the Finals, messing with Kawhi’s sleep. Kawhi responded with the kind of trash talk that’s best read aloud in Kawhi’s dry monotone: “Haha, you know the saying ‘Don’t poke the bear’? I’m gonna call the NBA on you…get you out the bubble.”
NBA star Markelle Fultz is taking Wakanda Forever literally … he just got a foot-long image of the Black Panther tattooed on his thigh — and it’s AMAZING!! TMZ Sports has learned back in the summer, Fultz hit up “Ink Master” star Roly T-Rex about getting some ink done. And, with Chadwick Boseman’s death and the Black Lives Matter movement at its peak … the two got to thinking a “Black Panther” piece would be perfect.
November 27, 2020 | 1:58 am EST Update
And as is usually the case when the Celtics don’t turn a highly publicized rumor into a reality, we’re getting a reason why that deal never went through. According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, the Celtics were never really that high on Turner. Boston apparently didn’t see him as a very big upgrade to their frontcourt, and was even exploring other deals to trade Turner had the deal with Indiana come to fruition. “Talking to people and reading the tea leaves as best I could, it really comes down to the Celtics didn’t want Myles Turner,” Lowe said on The Lowe Post Podcast. “I did hear from some teams around the league that the Celtics have done some preliminary research on what Myles Turner’s trade value would have been to them had they acquired him either in this deal or in a separate deal, and obviously didn’t like what they saw.”