Larry Tanenbaum Rumors
Junior Bridgeman said there was “absolutely no truth” to a Yahoo story linking him to speculation about a temporary move by the NBA’s Toronto Raptors to Louisville. But wondering what all the fuss was about, Bridgeman contacted Raptors’ owner Larry Tanenbaum — the two men are partners in a Canadian Coca-Cola bottling operation — to find out the facts. “I spoke to Larry,” Bridgeman said via text message Wednesday night. “They are working on getting the (Canadian) government to allow teams to come into Toronto with testing and waiving the quarantine time.”
Yet Bridgeman, Yum Center General Manager Eric Granger and NBA2LOU point man Dan Issel all said they were taken by surprise by the Yahoo! Sports story written by Vincent Goodwill citing unnamed league sources saying Louisville has been broached as a possible site, with Bridgeman in contact with the league. “There is absolutely no truth to that story,” Bridgeman said. “I’m not even sure what that story came from … “I personally know the owner of the Raptors and he would never move or sell the team. He is a true Canadian.”
The National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) today announced the NBA Foundation Board of Directors, comprised of eight representatives from the NBA Board of Governors, players and executives from the NBPA and the league office. The Foundation’s Board of Directors will provide strategic direction with respect to programming and grantmaking as well as oversee the organization’s activities, working directly with all 30 NBA teams and their governors to support and facilitate sustainable initiatives in team markets.
The inaugural board members are: · Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings Forward · Gayle Benson, New Orleans Pelicans Governor · Tobias Harris, Philadelphia 76ers Forward · Michael Jordan, Charlotte Hornets Chairman · Tony Ressler, Atlanta Hawks Principal Owner · Michele Roberts, NBPA Executive Director · Adam Silver, NBA Commissioner · Larry Tanenbaum, NBA Board of Governors Chairman and Toronto Raptors Governor
There is a plan, and a time and a place for everything, and Larry Tanenbaum and Raptors president Masai Ujiri are working at their own pace on all of it. The long-term future of Ujiri, whose contract runs out at the end of next season, is a growing concern among the team’s fans but Tanenbaum knows there is no need to rush. There are other priorities, as Ujiri spelled out last week. “Our fans, they love Masai for all that he’s contributed to the Raptors franchise and to our community and to our country — and our appreciation for him, that can’t be measured,” Tanenbaum, the chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, said in an interview Tuesday. “But it was his and my game plan to secure his management team extension before his own.”