- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie27 mins ago
So, remember this?
Shelly Sterling, looking very distraught, just went over and spoke to Donald. It was a compassionate moment btwn them.
Off the court record, likely banished from evidence that the judge can actually use, here’s what happened as the Los Angeles Clippers owner and Shelly Sterling warred in court on Wednesday in the former’s attempt to prove that he is mentally competent in his leadership over the Sterling family trust; and, by extension, the Clippers. A role that the trust’s bylaws can preclude him from continuing if it is proven that he cannot handle the role, as Shelly Sterling has attempted to document.
He was followed to the witness stand by Shelly Sterling, who declared her love for him, but says she was convinced he needed to be examined for Alzheimer's disease
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie9 hrs ago
While everyone waits for those oft-referenced LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony dominos to drop, for someone like Hayward to take advantage of what could possibly be characterized as a frustrated and impatient free agent market and make a maximum salary that large. It shouldn’t be infuriating, but it should raise eyebrows and give a come-hither stare to further inspection.
The Charlotte Hornets are tired of waiting, they’re tired of waiting on you (read: LeBron, Carmelo, Bosh, Hinrich), and they decided to move on and make what on the surface looks like an absolutely indefensible offer to current Utah Jazz swingman Gordon Hayward. The former Butler product is currently a restricted free agent, after turning down a reported four-year $52 million deal from the Jazz last fall, and he’s coming off of his toughest year as a pro.
This has been one crazy offseason!
(I suppose. Kind of.)
We’re a week into things, and with precious little to show. Kobe Bryant’s contract extension from last fall eliminated his name from the free-agent ranks, Dirk Nowitzki’s long-expected paycut took another big name out of things, and the (very much understandable) patience that LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade are working with as they decide the most important contracts of their careers have kept actual basketball news to a minimum. And we kind of like actual basketball news, and less agent- and executive-driven speculation.
Former Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl could have stopped after selling his former team, declining the overtures of several suitors and turning down hundreds of millions of dollars in order to keep the Bucks in Milwaukee, selling to Wes Edens and Marc Lasry. He could have stopped after contributing $100 million of the then-record $550 million he made when he sold the team to attempts to formulate a new arena that would stay in the city of Milwaukee, rather than scampering off to the outlying suburbs.
He then could have stopped after it was reported that Kohl was anonymously sending out $500 checks to various Bucks employees.
Donald Sterling fails to show up for his first day in court, as Shelly Sterling wins the first round
When a Sterling is supposed to meet a Sterling, comin’ through the rye, and one doesn’t decide to show up? To a court date, no less? A court date fixed on determining whether or not one of them is mentally competent enough to represent his stake in the Sterling Family Trust, and by extension the Los Angeles Clippers?
Cleary, you know we’re talking about Donald Sterling, here, and on Monday he failed to show up to the first installment of a four-day probate hearing waged on his behalf, fighting the ruling that declared that he was suffering from cognitive impairment. Donald Sterling is arguing that the disclosure of his medical records violates several state privacy laws, and that the neurologist who gave the tests acted unprofessionally by heading out for food and drinks with both Donald and wife Shelly Sterling after administering the tests.
Yes, this is a player’s market. There are too few impactful free agents readily available, and too many teams with cap space to influence anything but a setting that tilts in the players’ favor. Chris Kaman nearly doubled his salary from last season after sitting for over half the year. Jodie Meeks will now make more than Anthony Davis next season. Gordon Hayward may sign for the max, and LeBron James will play for about a third of what he’s worth next season. Things have gone pear-shaped.
Chris Kaman’s seemingly unending tour to find an NBA team that likes him as much in February as they do in July will truck onward, this time to Portland. As first reported by Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the offensive-minded big man will join the Trail Blazers for a two-year deal totaling $9.8 million. The second year is only partially guaranteed, Woj reports, only counting for $1 million against Portland’s salary cap.
The city of Portland seems an odd match with the gun-brandishing Kaman, but this is where the big man is at in his career. At previous stops in New Orleans, Dallas, and Los Angeles he was relegated to that of a role player after being acquired by those teams to plug in the hole in the interior.
Major League Baseball is about to enter its All-Star break, and the celebrity softball game it has lined up for Sunday evening at Target Field in Minnesota seems like a real cracker of an event. Ozzie Smith, Jack Morris, Jim Thome, Andre Dawson, Rollie Fingers, Rickey Henderson, Larry Fitzgerald, Fat Joe, Freddy Lynn, Mike Piazza and Rob Riggle will all take to the field. Jon Hamm isn’t involved this year, but I suppose we’ll manage to overcome that.
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will also take part, as will Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore. The Timberwolves, however, are curiously unrepresented due to one rather notable dropout. Kevin Love will be giving this event a miss, perhaps in reaction to his ongoing frustration with the Timberwolves' front office amid swirling trade rumors.
The celebrity softball game at Target Field will have one fewer participant but immeasurably less awkwardness.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie6 days ago
The tour, one that Carmelo Anthony understandably appeared to “relish,” is over. Coast to coast, L.A. to Chicago, the free agent forward met with all matter of suitors in the first unrestricted go-round of his career, attempting to find a partner that both suits his needs as a guy that wants to play until June, and a guy that wants to take in copious amounts of cash.
He hasn’t made a decision yet, understandable for a player that is settling in to make the biggest decision of his professional lifetime, though the rest of the league would really, truly like him to make his mind up soon. He’s not the first domino on the table, LeBron James will always represent the NBA’s highest tipping point, but quite a bit will start to fly around once Melo gives his word.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie6 days ago
It’s just about impossible to characterize Shaun Livingston’s ongoing career in ways that don’t reference his debilitating 2007 knee injury – believe us, we’ve tried. For Livingston to be a sought-after free agent, signed to a multi-year deal some seven years after that injury is remarkable enough. What’s probably more remarkable is the fact that he’s signing to his current deal with Golden State in the years following D-League stints, or three seasons spent playing a total of 48 games with three different NBA teams between 2007 and 2010. Stranger things have happened than a player returning from a devastating knee injury like Livingston’s to great acclaim.
Livingston did not return to great acclaim, just great respect. And after year after year of struggling to find a minimum-sized contract with whatever team would have him, for the man to sign a potential three-year deal with a championship contender is happy news indeed. It’s been a fantastic comeback.