Playing a basketball game in a massive new football stadium means some people are going to have worse seats than Bob Uecker.
The people in Dallas don’t seem to care. With the All-Star Game this weekend at Cowboys Stadium, the good people of Big D are still buying seats at a crazy pace.
Mavericks president Terdema Ussery said Monday that ticket sales for Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game have “officially passed 90,000 — and we’re close to 92 (thousand).”
Ussery said the Mavericks, the NBA and the Cowboys are still talking to Arlington public safety officials about what Cowboys Stadium’s capacity should be on Sunday.
Either way, the game will break basketball’s attendance record of 78,129, set by Kentucky and Michigan State at Ford Field in 2003.
As Charles Barkley said, some people are going to have to sit so far away he’s going to look skinny.
Despite the size, if it works it will be one hell of a party. Mark Cuban was right — the Super Bowl is corporate and button down, the NBA All Star weekend is like being backstage at a Lil Wayne show. It is a party. And at a party, who cares where your seats are, especially if you can see the world’s largest television.
With so much focus in recent weeks being on NBA players speaking out on social issues, it’s worth remembering that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been one of the most vocal athletes in America on these things for decades. The Hall of Fame and all-time leading scorer in NBA history addressed the Democratic National Convention on Thursday evening, urging voters to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, and opened his remarks by introducing himself as Michael Jordan, because “Donald Trump couldn’t tell the difference.”
You can watch the video of his speech below:
In the weeks since Kevin Durant announced he was signing with the Golden State Warriors, we have yet to hear Russell Westbrook speak on his former teammate’s decision. This week, ESPN.com’s Royce Young indicated in a podcast interview that Durant was telling Westbrook and others in the days leading up to his decision that he was coming back to Oklahoma City. He later walked back his report, saying he misspoke. On Thursday, Durant himself told The Vertical‘s Shams Charania that he never said any such thing, or misled Westbrook or anyone else about his intentions.
“It’s false,” Durant told The Vertical on Thursday. “I didn’t say that – words about me telling Russell or Nick that I would stay or leave never came out of my mouth. We met as teammates, but no promises came out of it. In this day and age, I can’t control anything people claim out there. Someone can go out and say something random right now, and people will believe it.
“I never told Russell or Nick [Collison], ‘All right, guys, I’m coming back to the Thunder’ – and then a week later, I decide not to. Never happened. I don’t operate like that. I heard people say that story, but it’s not the truth.”
So that settles that.
CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Spencer Dinwiddie.
The Bulls acquired Dinwiddie in a trade with Detroit last month and waived him three weeks ago. He spent two years with the Pistons and appeared in 12 games last season, averaging 4.8 points and 13.3 minutes.
The Bulls announced the move Thursday.