Micky Arison became CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines at the age of 28. With the money he made from that and other ventures, he took over controlling interest of the Miami Heat 16 years ago.
Now he is going to put more time into the carnival business while his son Nick Arison — at the ripe old age of 30 — will take over day-to-day operations as the CEO of the Heat, the team announced Friday. And by the way, that’s a good thing.
Nick has worked for the team for 15 years and full time since 2003 (after he graduated from Duke). He most recently was Vice President of Basketball Operations until this promotion.
“This is something Nick has been working towards his whole life. He’s more prepared for this job than I was at his age when I became CEO of Carnival,” expressed Micky Arison (in the official team release). “I have the utmost confidence that Nick will continue to lead the HEAT as a model NBA franchise for many years to come.”
Micky remains the guy at the head of the ownership table, but Nick will steer the ship.
What does this mean for the Heat? Nothing that should worry fans. Little really changes. Pat Riley is still calling all the basketball shots, Nick (by reputation) is not a guy who demands a say on players and personnel. So, he’s not Jim Buss. (You know those off-the-wall picks the Lakers made at the end of the second round of the last NBA draft? Some of those were reportedly ordered by Buss over the objection of scouts.) For the Heat, things will continue pretty much the same as they have.
Nick is the third generation of Arison’s involved with the Heat (his grandfather Ted was one of the original founders of the organization).
I’d say the obvious — it’s sickening to turn a murder of a mom of four, a genuine tragedy, into a political opportunity — but that has become the way of politics. What line of decorum?
None the less, it’s sickening. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump tweeted about the tragic death of Dwyane Wade‘s cousin Nykea Aldridge, who was pushing her stroller down a Chicago street this week when two men got into a gunfight (reportedly gang-related) and a bullet killed Aldridge.
Trump tweeted what you see below (actually, what is below is a tweet edited by his staff, the original one misspelled Wade’s first name, putting “Dwayne” instead):
Later, this Tweet came up, again from his staff.
(So you know, you can tell which tweets come from Trump and which from his aids based on the device used to post it.)
Trump’s Tweet is part of his recent apparent attempted outreach to minority voters, which is not about them and more about trying appease concerns of white, middle-class suburban voters (for example, outside Philadelphia, in a swing state). Polls show Trump struggling with those suburban voters, in part because they see him as bigoted.
As you might expect, Twitter unloaded on Trump for his tone deaf and incendiary Tweet. Not that he cares, people are talking about him and that seems his primary goal. Actor Don Cheadle was one of the most prominent.
It’s sad this has become a focus and not Nykea Aldridge — and what can be done to prevent the next Nykea Aldridge.
The relationship between Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler was the subject of much scrutiny last season in Chicago. Reports of tension between the two stars never fully went away, and they proved to be an awkward fit together on the court. But any hard feelings between the two of them appear to be in the past as Butler posted a photo on Instagram of the two former teammates (and Rose’s son, P.J.) hanging out together at a Dodgers game in Los Angeles, where they both work out in the summer.
After missing two entire seasons, all signs are pointing to 2014 No. 3 overall pick Joel Embiid finally taking the court this season. Last week, Sixers coach Brett Brown said that Embiid has looked great in his workouts and is on track to play in the preseason, and Embiid himself echoed that sentiment over the weekend. He told the Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Marc Narducci that he feels “100 percent.”
There’s always a possibility and fear that Embiid’s recurring foot problems will come back, but for now, all indications are that he’s feeling good and will be able to contribute this season, which should make Sixers fans excited.
The release of NBA 2K17, the latest edition of the popular 2K video-game series, is less than a month away. Players are starting to get their likenesses in the game, as well as their player ratings, and tweet them out. Magic forward Evan Fournier wasn’t too happy with the way his came out.
Fournier’s countryman Rudy Gobert got in on the fun, too, changing his Twitter avatar to Fournier’s screenshot and encouraging others to do the same. He even created a hashtag for it.
At least they’re having fun with it.