Larry Ellison — the richest man bidding on the Warriors, the man who would be the richest owner in basketball, the man who could write the biggest check tomorrow — may win the Warriors by bringing in partners.
Specifically, existing partners in the team. A group of investors who currently own 20 percent of the team were the other power players in the bidding for the Warriors. Now the two biggest players are on the same side.
That may make a team that is hard to beat. Unlike the Warriors on the court right now. But the fastest way to change the on-the-court results is for a new owner to be brought in, the first step in a reorganization of team management. Don Nelson may get to stay in Hawaii if this moves forward soon.
This may also keep the price of the sale down, below the $400 million owner Chris Cohan had hoped to get. Two of the four remaining bidders — and the two biggest power brokers — are now on the same side. Who is going to come in and bid over them now?
The Grizzlies lost for the 15th time in their last 16 games, a 25-point drubbing at home against the Heat, last night.
But it wasn’t all doom and gloom in Memphis.
This young fan – while playing in the halftime scrimmage – stopped his dribble, stepped on the ball, whipped off his youth jersey to reveal a Marc Gasol jersey, flexed, re-started his dribbled then drove for a basket.
Matt Ellentuck of SB Nation:
The Grizzlies don’t deserve this hero.
For better or worse, DeMarcus Cousins is moody.
Just after getting dunked on by Clint Capela, Cousins showed his frustration by pushing Trevor Ariza after a whistle. The Pelicans center got his NBA-leading ninth technical foul – automatic suspension triggered at No. 16 – but I’m surprised this didn’t escalate beyond just that.
The Thunder suffered a rough home loss to the Hornets, but at least Oklahoma City produced a couple fun highlights.
Not only did Russell Westbrook have this powerful dunk, Paul George put the moves on Jeremy Lamb.
David West is 37 years old.