Larry Sanders

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


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.

76ers on blocking anthem singer wearing ‘WE MATTER’ jersey: ‘We use our games to bring people together’

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 01:  Actress Sevyn Streeter speaks onstage during the 'Ringside' panel discussion at the TV One portion of the 2016 Television Critics Association Summer Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 1, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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Sevyn Streeter said the 76ers prevented her from singing the national anthem at tonight’s game because she was wearing a “WE MATTER” jersey:

76ers statement:

“The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community.”

This is a continuation of Carmelo Anthony‘s argument: The emphasis should be on action in communities and there’s no longer a place for gestures like Colin Kaepernick kneeling.

But this needn’t be an either/or discussion. Community-based action is obviously important (though don’t assign responsibility to NBA players to fix racism). Recognizing the width and depth of the problem is necessary – which is why symbols matter, too.

Take Street’s shirt at face value. “We matter.” “Black lives matter.” What’s so offensive about that? There is no implicit “more” attached.

Yet, the 76ers found it antithetical to their brand.

This is why the widespread “unity” message preached by arm-locking NBA players left so much to be desired.

To the 76ers, unity meant silencing Streeter.

Is that what players were demonstrating on behalf of during the preseason? I’m sure that arena was much more united with a 76ers dancer singing the anthem than it would have been with Streeter spotlighted. But sometimes divisiveness is necessary to advance a cause.

If the 76ers don’t want Streeter using their platform to say “WE MATTER,” that’s their right. Not everyone has to support that choice, though.

Sevyn Streeter says 76ers prevented her from performing national anthem due to ‘WE MATTER’ jersey

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 01:  Actress Sevyn Streeter speaks onstage during the 'Ringside' panel discussion at the TV One portion of the 2016 Television Critics Association Summer Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 1, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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No NBA players followed Colin Kaepernick’s lead by kneeling during the national anthem in the preseason.

But that courageous form of protest still found its way onto NBA courts.

A national-anthem singer knelt before a Kings game, and other did at a Heat game.

Another singer wanted to take a bold stance for the 76ers’ regular-season opener against the Thunder tonight by wearing a “WE MATTER” jersey, but she said the team stopped her.

Sevyn Streeter:

A 76ers dancer performed the anthem instead:

The 76ers deserve some latitude to choose how someone uses their platform. But what about claiming black lives matter is antithetical to the 76ers’ brand?

The team did not immediately respond to request for comment. I will update if it does.

76ers fan flips double bird to Russell Westbrook, who reacts incredulously (video)

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 26: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder warms up prior to the game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center on October 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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The Russell Westbrook era didn’t get off to the fastest start for the Thunder, who fell behind the 76ers early.

This Philadelphia fan got way ahead of himself (and any reasonable standard of decency).

Via Andy Bailey of Bleacher Report:

Oklahoma City responded with a 5-0 run, Westbrook scoring three points himself and assisting another basket.

Report: Bulls close to deal with former Celtic R.J. Hunter

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 17:  R.J. Hunter #28 of the Boston Celtics carries the ball against the New York Knicks during the third quarter at TD Garden on October 17, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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The No. 28 pick, R.J. Hunter became the first first-rounder from last year’s draft to fall out of the NBA when the Celtics waived him.

He won’t be out of the league for long.

The Bulls, the only team with an open roster spot, appear close to adding him.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

Hunter belongs in the league.  Though he must knock down shots far more reliably than he has, Hunter has potential as an outside shooter with complementary ball skills to provide value. Boston just had more NBA-caliber players than roster spots.

He’s far from a lock to succeed in the NBA, but I value Hunter about as much as Tony Snell – whom the Bulls just traded for an upgrade at backup point guard in Michael Carter-Williams. That they could so cheaply replace Snell makes that deal look even better.