Larry Sanders

Andy Miller sues Happy Walters’ and Dan Fegan’s agency for stealing Larry Sanders

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The National Basketball Players Association certifies agents before they can work with its players, and to become certified, agents must agree to a set of rules. Among them:

B. Prohibited Conduct Subject to DisciplineTo further effectuate the objectives of these Regulations players agents are prohibited from:

(b) Providing or offering a monetary inducement (other than a fee less than the maximum fee  contained in the standard fee agreement established by these Regulations) to any player  (including a rookie) or college athlete to induce or encourage that person to utilize his  services

I doubt this rule is enforced rigorously, and I don’t understand why it’s on the books in the first place. The NBPA is the body mandating this rule. Why should that organization prevent players from getting monetary inducements? What’s the harm for the players? I see why agents would want the rule, but the players have the power here. If agents want to give players money – or other enticements – to sign with them, let them.

But the rule exists, and because it does, it’s legally binding.

Julia Marsh and David K. Li of the New York Post:

Andy Miller and his ASM Sports agency of Edgewater, NJ, filed suit in Manhattan against powerhouse Beverly Hills firm Relativity Sports, accusing them of playing dirty over Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders.“Through the use of private planes, celebrity encounters and hedonistic parties,” the Manhattan Supreme Court suit claims, Relativity poached Sanders after Miller’s firm turned him from bust to break out star, according to the Manhattan Supreme Court filing.

There are two interesting, but not necessarily legally relevant bits of information to accompany this.1. Miller was successfully sued three years ago for stealing a client from Keith Glass.2. Relativity represented Sanders before Miller did, too. Marsh and Li:

Miller claims his firm picked up Sanders after Relativity dumped him following a disastrous rookie season. Sanders was relegated to the bench for most of 2010-’11 and even suffered the indignity of demotion to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA’ s D-League.“Miller helped re-shape Sanders’ attitude toward his physical conditioning,” according to the lawsuit. “Miller made sure that Sanders’ attitude in other areas improved, most notably decreasing the amount of time that Sanders spent partying.”

Now, here’s a legally relevant bit of information:

Miller claims he had negotiated a four-year, $41 million contract extension for Sanders before he was suddenly dropped in favor of Relativity and its big-wig execs Happy Walters and Dan Fegan.

While represented by Relativity, Sanders signed a four-year, $44 million contract extension – an extra $3 million.Case closed? Not quite, but that definitely puts the onus on Miller to present compelling evidence to Relativity’s wrongdoing.

Hawks’ Mike Scott sent to D-League on rehab assignment

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Mike Scott #32 of the Atlanta Hawks poses during media day on September 26, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott is expected to play at least two games in the NBA Development League as he comes back from a knee injury that kept him out of training camp and the first 18 games of the season.

Scott played 15 minutes for the Delaware 87ers in Tuesday night’s loss to the Santa Cruz Warriors. He scored four points on 2-of-7 shooting, missing all four of his attempts from 3-point range.

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer says the D-League is the best way for Scott to get “meaningful, competitive minutes” after undergoing a non-surgical procedure on his left knee.

Scott has played three games for Atlanta since his return. In 28 minutes, he has two points on 1-of-9 attempts, to go along with eight rebounds and six assists.

Watch Kyle O’Quinn throw alley-oop to Carmelo Anthony

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Carmelo Anthony isn’t young anymore, but he had the bounce to go get this one.

These were your two best players for the Knicks in their win over Miami Tuesday. Kyle O'Quinn was forced into action earlier than expected when Joakim Noah went on a fouling spree in the third quarter, but O’Quinn played well in the role. ‘Melo dropped 35 on 27 shots — he’s not as efficient as he once was, but he can still get some buckets.

The Knicks picked up a needed win, because they play a back-to-back Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers and a ticked-off LeBron James (New York will pay the price for Phil Jackson’s “posse” comments with a motivated LeBron Wednesday).

Grizzlies’ Troy Williams hits falling, stumbling circus shot (VIDEO)

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Just like coach David Fizdale drew it up.

The shot of Tuesday night went to Troy Williams, the starting Memphis guard who didn’t have a great night in the Grizzlies win over the Sixers but did hit this stumbling, falling, one-handed shot.

By the way, the Grizzlies are now 4-1 since Mike Conley‘s injury with this win. Didn’t see that coming.

Zach Randolph receives standing ovation in first game back after mother’s passing

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Zach Randolph was away from the Memphis Grizzlies and its fans for seven games to deal with the passing of his mother, Mae. When he returned to the floor, something special was waiting for him.

During Z-Bo’s arrival against the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night, fans at FedEx Forum gave Randolph a standing ovation in support of his difficult time.

From ESPN NBA:

Randolph dropped 12 points, collected 14 rebounds, and added an assist as the Grizzlies beat the Sixers, 96-91, in a game that went down to the wire.

Teammates of Randolph — like Marc Gasol — were glad to have him back and let Randolph know he was being thought about during his absence.

Gasol even took to Twitter after the game in a heartwarming gesture: