Stan Kroenke Rumors
During his job interview to become GM of the Nuggets, Ujiri had told Josh Kroenke that the trade for Anthony needed to be turned into a bidding war between the Nets and the Knicks, because they were rivals within the New York market who each needed Anthony and couldn’t bear to see the other team claim him. Ujiri also warned Anthony that if he wanted to play for the Knicks, then he would need to make things right with Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke, who had attended Anthony’s wedding in New York that summer.
Sitting among the 320 guests at the reception and absorbing these aftershocks of The Decision were Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke and his son Josh. It was a wedding unlike any they had attended. Not only was it being filmed for a reality TV series, but many of the toasts were focused less on the happy couple and more on how Anthony should escape his obligations in Denver. After the Kroenkes had sat through a number of humiliating statements involving their team, word was relayed to their table that Anthony wished for Stan Kroenke to stand up and make a toast of his own that would let everyone know of his and Josh’s presence, in order to put a stop to their embarrassment.
“I said, `Melo, I think you really need to apologize to the Kroenkes,”’ recalled Ujiri. “I said, ‘I think you need to talk to them and say, “Hey, it wasn’t the way I thought it would be; people were drinking a little bit, and even then people should not talk like that.” And apologize and take responsibility for it.’ I said to him, `Melo, we’re trying to make this thing easy on everybody. I don’t know which way it will go. I couldn’t tell you where you will be traded to. But I could tell you one thing: Let’s make good steps, and this is a good step to make.”’
Representatives of Steve Ballmer and Stan Kroenke, two of the richest owners in professional sports, have had multiple discussions about the Clippers joining the Rams and Chargers in the sports and entertainment district Kroenke is building in Inglewood.
Five people with knowledge of the conversations told The Times the arena could either be on the 298-acre site or an adjacent parcel. Either way, an arena would drive traffic to the planned mixed-use development and share parking with the $2.6-billion football stadium scheduled to open in 2019. The exploratory talks link two titans of sports and business with a sprawling project the NFL already considers transformational.
Inglewood is one of multiple sites the Clippers are exploring in a process that started more than a year ago. The Clippers aren’t settled on a course of action — staying at Staples Center or building a new arena — but the Inglewood discussions are part of their ongoing evaluation of potential options, according to the five people. “It’s too soon to say it would be L.A. Live lite, but if an arena were to bring 200 nights a year, that’s a tremendous amount of foot traffic that would benefit all the ancillary properties,” said a person familiar with the discussions who asked not to be identified in order to speak frankly about the situation.