NBA roundup: Warriors coach Jackson the target of extortion attemptBy The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Thu, Jun 28, 2012 6:21 PM EDT
--Warriors coach Mark Jackson was the target of an extortion attempt over an extramarital affair with a former stripper. The Warriors confirmed the extortion attempt and released a statement of apology from Jackson, who is married and co-pastors a church in California. The Warriors said in the statement they stand behind Jackson and clarified how they came to know of the issue. According to the Warriors, Jackson informed the franchise in late April, three weeks after his first encounter with the extortionist, former strip club performer Alexis Adams. Jackson and the Warriors immediately contacted the FBI. "Although not condoning his previous actions that led to the extortion attempt, the Warriors fully support coach Jackson during this time," the statement read, "and thank law enforcement authorities and the FBI for their prompt assistance in helping coach Jackson and his family." Reports of the legal matter first surfaced Thursday. Jackson cooperated with the FBI to stop the scheme that resulted in two arrests Monday. Adams, 28, and Marcus Shaw, a 40-year-old ex-convict, threatened to reveal the affair along with compromising photos Jackson sent to Adams. The affair allegedly occurred in 2005-06 when Jackson worked as a broadcaster for the New Jersey Nets. Jackson and his wife of 22 years have four children. --While LeBron James and Chris Bosh take on the rest of the world in London as part of Team USA, Dwyane Wade will be recovering from left knee surgery. Wade's chronic left knee issues will require a procedure in the coming weeks that eliminated the Heat star from Olympic participation. The U.S. roster won't have Bulls' point guard Derrick Rose or Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, who are also recovering from surgeries. The U.S. national team begins preparation for the Olympics with training camp in Las Vegas beginning on July 5. Thunder guard James Harden could be in the mix on the 17-player roster vying for 12 spots on the final Olympic team roster. ---- Florida shooting guard Bradley Beal isn't just on the radar of several contenders, he's at the top of their list. Beal, considered the top shooter in the draft, revealed Wednesday in a TV interview with ESPN that he's had several conversations with the Oklahoma City Thunder. General manager Sam Presti told Beal the Western Conference champions were interested in trading up in the draft to acquire Beal. And according to the player, the Thunder won't be alone. The Denver Nuggets, San Antonio Spurs and Atlanta Hawks have been active in covering all of their bases with regular calls to Florida coach Billy Donovan. ---The Clippers and Mavericks are working on a deal involving Lamar Odom, but needed a third team to help facilitate the trade. The Utah Jazz might just be willing to do it based on a report from Yahoo Sports. Odom, owed a $2.4 million buyout Friday if he's still on the Mavericks' roster, was given permission to find a new home and could return to the team that drafted him in a deal that would sent Clippers' point guard Mo Williams to the Jazz and clear cap space for the Mavericks. The Mavericks aren't interested in taking on a contract and would deal Odom only to shed his salary.
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