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NBA negotiating Sacramento arena deal, Maloofs not there

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This should tell you all you need to know about how things are shaking out with the Sacramento arena proposal.

There is a big meeting on the issue Wednesday in Dallas, where powerhouse arena operator AEG will meet with Sacramento city leaders and NBA league officials — led by Thunder owner Clay Bennett — to figure out if they can work together to get a stadium built, Tom Ziller reports at SBN.

The Maloof brothers, who own the Kings and tried to move the team to Anaheim last summer, will not be at the talks.

The Maloofs have been sidelined in this process, with the NBA moving people into key non-basketball positions in the franchise to make sure that Sacramento gets a fair shot at getting an arena being built. Financing remains the key issue.

The city has until March 1 to put forward a plan for an arena and a way to pay for it that the other NBA owners will approve. Do that and the team stays; fall short and the Kings are heading to Disneyland.

The Maloofs are essentially like you and me in this process — spectators.

Looks like Donovan to keep Andre Roberson, Steven Adams as starters

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Billy Donovan was given the head coaching job in Oklahoma City to bring their offense into modern times — and it seems to be working, Russell Westbrook said he feels a lot more space in the system.

But if the Thunder are going to contend for a title, they need a top 10 defense as well — and to do that Donovan is going to keep a Scott Brooks move and continue to start  Andre Roberson and Steven Adams. Check out the starting lineup for their first preseason game Wednesday.

There also was this report via Anthony Slater in the Oklahoman yesterday about a scrimmage at practice.

Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka and Andre Roberson all started for the White team. Nick Collison joined them, but that was only because Steven Adams sat out with back soreness….

Donovan said the teams weren’t split by accident. That’s how they’ve been divided in practice. So at this point, it seems Roberson is this team’s starting shooting guard and Adams is the team’s starting center.

This is the smart move. Last season the lineup of Westbrook, Roberson, Durant, Ibaka and Adams was +13.4 points per 100 possessions over their opponents. Roberson and Adams are there for defense — neither brings much offensive game to the floor, but when you have Westbrook and Durant and only one ball between them, you don’t need more offensive threats. You’re going to get plenty of points.

If they can just stay healthy, Oklahoma City is a team to be feared.

Knicks’ legend Harry Gallatin passes away at age 88

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The Hall of Fame player behind the original iron man streak is with us no more.

Knicks’ legend Harry Gallatin passes away at age 88, the team confirmed Wednesday.

Gallatin led the Knicks of the late 1940s and into the 1950s, when he set a then record playing in 610 consecutive games. Nicknamed “The Horse,” he was a beast on the boards who averaged 15.3 rebounds a game one season and averaged 11.9 boards and 13 points per game over the course of his 10-year career. He’s still fourth all time in total rebounds in Knicks franchise history.

Gallatin was a seven-time All-Star and twice All-NBA selection. After his playing days, he spent many years as the athletic director at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.