Hall of Famer Jerry West told those in attendance at Sunday’s Legends Brunch in Los Angeles that the NBA is poised for tremendous growth: “When I came to the city of Los Angeles, we were nobody. Last page of two newspapers. Had no writers, no coverage at all. And to see the way this game has changed and grown, and to see the strides that have been made for people who truly were able to contribute a different way is truly remarkable. “I want to say this. I don’t like to say things that are controversial at all. But this game is gonna overtake all the other sports.”
Ian Begley: Knicks and Rangers both play in the Staples Center today. The two teams – both tenants of Madison Square Garden – haven’t played in the same road building since 1957. Hopefully for Rangers fans, the Blueshirts will be better defense at Staples.
The NHL confirmed what had been rumored for months at its Board of Governors meeting — Seattle is a definite target for hockey, which has 31 teams and needs a 32nd to balance out both its conferences and its schedules. The NHL will allow members of the Oak View Group, which successfully lobbied the Seattle City Council to approve its plan to spend $660 million to renovate both the Arena and the nearby Seattle Center, to begin a season ticket drive for the potential expansion team. Hockey’s timetable for expansion is thus clearly and substantially ahead of the NBA’s.
Mark Berman: While nothing has happened, new #Rockets owner @TilmanJFertitta says the NHL is on his radar: “I would love to bring an NHL team here. It’s just got to make sense. It’d be hard to fathom that we can’t support an NHL team here. Zero has happened, but we will start looking at it”
A spokeswoman for Monumental confirmed to The Associated Press that there is an agreement in place with Powell Jobs pending approval from the NBA and NHL. Monumental owns the NBA’s Washington Wizards and NHL’s Washington Capitals. Powell Jobs, widow of former Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs, is a philanthropist and entrepreneur and president of the Emerson Collective.