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NBA reveals once-secret constitution and by-laws


Once secret and mysterious, the NBA constitution is now available for anyone to read.

The league posted the document to its media website yesterday after announcing Donald Sterling’s lifetime ban. NBA commissioner Adam Silver pledged transparency, and this was a nice step toward it.

Really, the move comes with no apparent harm. The advantage is the NBA’s fans will better understand the league and become more engaged.

Did Silver have the authority to ban Sterling? Read the constitution, and decide for yourself. Then, consult an attorney to explain how many different ways the rules can be interpreted.

A lot of it is trivial – “The name of this Association shall be the National Basketball Association” – but there are a few interesting nuggets if you read closely. Among them:

  • The NBA collects 45 percent of ticket revenue from each playoff game and then uses a portion of it to pay players and coaches.
  • NBA teams must ensure nobody enters referees’ dressing rooms without permission of the referees.
  • A traded player is paid for the day of his trade by the trading team – unless the receiving team activates him for a game that day. Then, the receiving team pays him.

Check it out and see what piques your interest.

Greg Smith fails physical, will not join Pelicans

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With both starter Omer Asik and backup Alexis Ajinca out injured for the rest of the preseason (and maybe a little longer), the Pelicans are looking for a center to put next to Anthony Davis for a stretch. That could include a handful of regular season games.

Greg Smith was going to be that man, but the 24-year-old failed his physical, reports the Times-Picayune.

The New Orleans Pelicans were set to sign power forward Greg Smith, but sources said Friday night that he failed his physical examination and will not be joining the team.

And so the search goes on.

The problem is, there are not quality big men still out there on the market, there is a limited supply and just about anyone worth having is spoken for. A few with non-guaranteed contracts may be waived as we get closer to the end of training camps, but that is likely a couple of weeks away.

With both Asik and Ajinca expected back in a few weeks, it’s not worth making a trade or some big move to bring in a center, the Pelicans are just going to have to live with what is out there.

Kevin Durant with huge dunk on visiting Fenerbahce Ulker

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Welcome to America, Fenerbahce Ulker.

The Turkish powerhouse was in America playing some exhibition games this preseason, and they got a first-hand reminder that Kevin Durant is back. KD had 13 points in the Thunder’s easy 111-81 win.

Not to be outdone, Russell Westbrook got in on the act.