Aaron Rodgers might be pulling the equivalent of that in the NFL — or at least something close to it. He’s clearly unhappy in his situation with the Packers. So he’s trying to force his way out. Anthony Davis said he totally understands where he’s coming from. He was playing Call of Duty live on a stream and was asked about the situation by his game chat.
Why doesn’t the NBA do as its brethren and hire K Street help to do its bidding with lawmakers? In a statement, the league contended that it simply didn’t have to pay to sway, at least not in D.C. “As necessary and appropriate, the NBA engages with government officials and speaks publicly regarding matters that affect our sport,” league spokesman Mike Bass said in an email. “In Washington, we have found that members of both parties are open to hearing our point of view directly.”
Asked over email about why he thought the league had ceased its Congressional lobbying, Donatelli, who left McGuireWoods in 2018, pleaded ignorance. “I have not done lobbying for the league for a number of years now, so I can only confirm what you already know but not sure I can share any light on the why,” wrote Donatelli, a former Republican official who also once represented the Washington NFL team. McGuireWoods formally reported the termination of its relationship with the NBA at the end of 2019, although the firm had not shown any client activity for several years by then.
It is well-documented that football was Edwards’ first love, so much so that it was misconstrued before the draft to mean that he didn’t love basketball as much as a No. 1 overall pick should. That has been disproven all season long by the joy with which Edwards plays, but his eyes still lit up on Saturday night when the subject came up. “I (would) probably be like a Kam Chancellor, but I wouldn’t be that much hard of a hitter though,” Edwards said, referring to the safety who was a member of the Seattle Seahawks’ famed “Legion of Boom” secondary. “I wouldn’t be too much of the boom part.”
Edwards has always said he gets his edge from his football days, and the Timberwolves’ future may hinge on his ability to carry that mentality on to the court. He spoke on Saturday night about playing pick-up while he was in high school against Kansas City Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill, and Edwards marveled at how Hill’s footwork and sheer strength make him so difficult to attack. “The field transfers to the court. The court don’t (transfer to the field),” Edwards said. “If you go take a football player, like a running back, somebody with great footwork, right? And you put him on defense, it’s very hard to score on them and I will tell you that. It’s very hard.”
Former Timberwolves big man Reggie Slater used to work tirelessly with his two oldest sons, teaching them the finer points of basketball. He conducted all sorts of drills, including being able to shoot layups and dribble with both hands. So much for that. “As soon as I’d finish with the drills, they’d go right inside and watch football,” Slater said. Slater’s oldest son, R.J. Slater, now 24, ended up playing on the offensive line at Air Force, finishing up in 2018. And his middle son, Northwestern tackle Rashawn Slater, 22, is a shoo-in first-round selection in the NFL’s April 29-May 1 draft.
A number of analysts project Rashawn to be taken with the No. 14 pick by the Vikings. If so, he would follow his father as a professional player in Minnesota. “Whatever team he goes to, he’s fortunate,” Reggie said. “I tell him he’s got to put in the work 100 percent every day.” That’s what the 6-foot-6 Reggie Slater did to last eight seasons in the NBA as an undersized post player who was undrafted in 1992 out of Wyoming. After two years playing overseas, he played in the NBA from 1994-99 and 2000-03 with seven different teams. He averaged 5.6 points and 3.0 rebounds for his career.