Mike Bass Rumors
Jeff Zillgitt: In light of David Stern’s comments, NBA reiterates stance on medical and recreational marijuana, via spokesman Mike Bass:
There have been questions raised about whether OVG, as a third-party vendor, could attract NBA and NHL teams and make it financially viable for the franchise owners. Leiweke said those doubts should be eliminated with Bonderman’s participation and that the argument is “100 percent not true.” Noble said his office had done its due diligence and “at this stage, we are satisfied” that it will not be a problem. As far as the leagues are concerned, NBA Spokesman Mike Bass said: “The NBA is not involved in the ongoing Seattle arena process, and we have no plans to expand at this time.”
Friday, Palace Sports & Entertainment and Detroit Pistons CFO Greg Campbell said in a sworn affidavit that the NBA could deny the Pistons’ move to Detroit if all legal and financing matters are not settled before its July board meeting. When reached Monday, NBA executive vice president Mike Bass declined to comment on the ongoing litigation.
Bass also wrote the incident will “not change the league’s long-standing policy of leaving individual ticketing decisions and policies to its teams.” Bass did not immediately return an inquiry from The Post about whether there is any circumstance in which the league would step in regarding an owner’s refusal to renew a fan’s season tickets. The Garden also declined comment. “I am surprised, considering how professional Silver has been,’’ Hamersky told The Post. “The older I get, I’ve grown skeptical. Money talks. When the most-valued team has a guy who owns the building and regional cable network, they are going with profit over fan expression.’’
Two NBA players — Milwaukee Bucks forward Thon Maker and Los Angeles Lakers forward Luol Deng — have Sudanese roots, and the league does a significant amount of work overseas through its Basketball Without Borders program. “We have reached out to the State Department and are in the process of gathering information to understand how this executive order would apply to players in our league who are from one of the impacted countries,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement Saturday night. “The NBA is a global league and we are proud to attract the very best players from around the world.”