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Report: Mark Tatum to become NBA Deputy Commissioner, filling Adam Silver’s spot


At a press conference in London recently before the Nets/Hawks game there, incoming NBA Commissioner (as of this weekend) Adam Silver said that he wanted to continue the tradition of having an NBA Deputy Commissioner, the role he has filled for years next to the retiring David Stern.

Silver brushed aside the idea of who that might be, but you know he’s too detail oriented a person not to have already had a plan in place.

That new Deputy Commissioner is going to be Mark Tatum, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports, who also gives us a little background about the man.

Tatum, who is African-American, will become one of the highest-ranking minority executives in major professional sports….

Several league officials describe Tatum as bright, capable and engaging, an executive who has spent most of the past 15 years as a revenue creator for the NBA. Tatum has overseen the league’s marketing partnerships with major corporate brands, and managed sales relationships with the league’s TV and media partners.

As one league executive told Yahoo Sports, “Mark is extremely bright and talented, a guy who has the ability to be well-respected and well-liked.”

Technically Tatum has to be approved by the owners for the post, but that is more formality that anything. Silver will get his guy.

I will make only on prediction about Tatum’s tenure as Deputy Commissioner: Come June he will be cheered wildly as he comes out to announce the second round of the NBA Draft. The only real question I have is how long before Silver gets booed at that event — does he get a year honeymoon or does it start this June?

Khris Middleton dunks, Jimmy Butler can’t stop him (VIDEO)

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Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.

Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.

Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.