Chamath Palihapitiya: We flew to NY and approached Allen&Co to be our banker and broach a meeting with the then commissioner, David Stern. Specifically, we had our eye on the Sacramento Kings with the goal of moving them to either Seattle or Las Vegas. The meeting rolls around and Stern sits and listens patiently about our ideas and desire to buy the Kings. At the end of our monologue, he asks one simple question: “How much do you think the team is worth?” We answer and float an admittedly low number (less than $300M). He looks around, slams his fists on the table and says: “Then you’re in the wrong f***ing meeting!” My friend and I fly home dejected. I’m now all-in on venture capital with no diversification to speak of and 100% anxiety ridden.
What more can white players, coaches and front-office members do for social justice? Bazemore: Just continue to lead by example. I’ve been teammates with Kyle Korver, who’s been very instrumental in a lot of things that the players’ union has done. He was over talking to the Pope. Just here recently, Kyle Guy, up in Sacramento, he was really vocal in Sacramento during all this — so there are players around the league that are standing with us. And as the world sees them, the people that look like them see them with us.
1 day ago via ESPN

Harrison Barnes: 'We're playing soft'

Following the team’s 138-100 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, frustrations were high. Glenn Robinson III was forceful with his postgame comments, demanding his teammates take accountability for their lackluster play. Harrison Barnes and De’Aaron Fox took center stage after practice Saturday afternoon, reiterating some of Robinson’s frustrations. “Right now, we’re just playing soft,” Barnes said. “We’re not having enough resistance defensively. We’re allowing teams to play free and easy and until we collectively choose to change that, we’re going to keep getting our heads beat in.”
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