Eighteen NBA stars — led by Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Dwight Howard — will be on a two-week exhibition tour of the world. It will start this Saturday in Puerto Rico, a stop that was in doubt 48 hours ago but now everything seems to be a go.
That is according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo, who said the formal announcement will follow on Tuesday.
The tour will begin in Puerto Rico and is scheduled to continue to London, Macau and Melbourne, Australia. Organizers are considering adding a fifth city to the tour, sources said, and are doing some last-minute tinkering with the other stops and dates.
Players such as Dwyane Wade(notes), Kevin Garnett(notes), Carmelo Anthony(notes), Rajon Rondo(notes) and Kevin Love(notes)have been promised as participants to tour promoters.
There is supposed to be some kind of international television broadcast, for those that want to watch. What we will get in the United States — my guess is live streaming online — remains to be seen.
This is a chance for the players to make some money, rumored to be six figures at least for all the players and up to $1 million for a few elite.
This is not going to work as a “see, the players can make money without the NBA” bargaining tool because there are 430 NBA players not on this tour and not benefititng. Was there ever a doubt that the elite players in the league could make a few extra bucks?
But for the players involved it is a chance to expand their global brand, which does matter.
Only one person in NBA history has coached as many games as Brett Brown and had a worst winning percentage.
The 76ers coach, who sports a 37-127 record, is trumped by just Brian Winters. Winters went 36-148 with the expansion Grizzlies and during interim stint guiding the Warriors.
Brown is entering the third season of his four-year contract, and Philadelphia general manager Sam Hinkie has been mum about an extension.
76ers owner Josh Harris is taking a similar approach, but he also says a lot of nice things about Brown.
Harris, via John Finger of CSN Philly:
“It’s probably not appropriate for me to talk about specifics about what the negotiations are with him,” Harris said during a media conference on Thursday at the team’s training camp at Stockton College.
“I give Brett an A for the job he’s done,” Harris said. “He’s been an incredible player development person, which is what we need at this point in time. He’s a great person to be around. He’s enthusiastic and he’s a born coach and a leader of men. I’m very impressed with Brett and I hope and expect Brett to be around the team for a very long time.”
Brown has done a fantastic job keeping this team engaged through losing and developing its young players. It’s not his fault Philadelphia stinks. Tanking is an organizational decision.
But the 76ers aren’t tanking forever, and soon, they’ll require a different type of coaching.
Is Brown up for it? No idea. He hasn’t had any chance to prove it.
After all he’s done, though, he probably deserves a chance to find out.
Thabo Sefolosha clearly believed in his innocence.
The Hawks wing rejected a plea deal of only day of community service and six months probation. That probably would have been easier than a trial.
But Sefolosha opted to fight the charges – misdemeanor obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Today, he was vindicated.
Sefolosha, who missed the playoffs due to a leg injury that seemingly occurred during his arrest, has made his case clear: New York police targeted him because he’s black. Given everything else we know about policing habits, that’s certainly believable.
We’ve also seen video of multiple officers literally pulling Sefolosha in different directions and one striking him in the leg with a nightstick. We don’t know what preceded that video, but especially given the information revealed at trial, it’s difficult to justify that use of force.
This verdict probably sets up Sefolosha’ to sue the NYPD.