Brook Lopez appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon as Fallon and Miley Cyrus each answered trivia questions in a phone booth. A wrong answer brought someone else into that contestant’s phone booth. Unfortunately for the Nets center, he wound up in Fallon’s – not Cyrus’ – booth.
But the Miami president said in July he was drafting a long email to Wade, presumably fondly recollecting on their 13 years together.
Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald:
It’s a funny thing about phones. Spellcheck sometimes mess up. So, I haven’t received it yet, but I’m sure it’s coming.
I guess Wade has already suffered what he perceived to be a bigger slap in the face from Riley. At this point, waiting a few more weeks – or even months – to hear from his former boss isn’t so bad.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) The dazzling rookie with the longest-lasting impact for the Philadelphia 76ers this season might not be Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid or Dario Saric: It could be the 125,000-square foot complex the Sixers expect to set the standard in the NBA.
Yes, perhaps it’s fitting for a franchise that was once home to Allen Iverson – the Sixers are indeed talking about practice.
Philadelphia is set to open their practice facility this week in Camden, New Jersey, complete with two regulation-size basketball courts, a 2,800-square-foot locker room, corporate sponsorship and a chef plucked from one of Philly’s top restaurants.
“It’s a place where players will come and spend time and make it feel like home,” CEO Scott O’Neil said.
It’s not just the current crop of players the Sixers want to keep happy. The Sixers believe the state-of-the art equipment and sports science stations, among other amenities, could help lure free agents who might need a final incentive to sign with the worst team in the NBA.
“It’s the biggest and best that’s ever been built,” O’Neil said.
The Sixers get the keys to the new digs at 4 p.m. Thursday. Coach Brett Brown and his players could start trickling in Friday around the time of the official ribbon cutting.
Even with all the resources available, the Sixers will hold training camp in Stockton University in Galloway Township, New Jersey for the third straight year.
New Jersey approved $82 million in tax breaks over 10 years to move the 76ers’ headquarters out of Philadelphia.
The site is on the Camden waterfront on a plot of land between the Camden Aquarium and the Susquehanna Bank Center. Philadelphia was the only NBA team without its own practice facility. For about 16 years, they had been renting a single court at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
The Sixers front office is based at the Navy Yard, just a few miles away from the Philadelphia sports complex that’s home to the four major professional teams. The business offices open January in New Jersey, putting the entire organization under one roof in a city long known as perhaps the most dangerous in America.
The kitchen will operate under the leadership of chef JaeHee Cho, a veteran of Philadelphia staples Parc and Serpico. Perhaps fittingly for the Sixers’ numbers-crunching front office, Cho also was a statistics crew manager during his time at Haverford College.
The Sixers announced a slew of corporate sponsors Monday, with Toyota, NovaCare Rehabilitation and Virtua all signed on to stamp their logo on various parts of the complex. There’s even a Gatorade Fuel Bar and an innovation lab sponsored by Kimball designed to aid local startup companies. Toyota branding will not only be displayed on pole pads and apron on both courts in the complex, it’s the first sponsor to have apron court branding at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center.
But the 76ers are keeping the team name on the building.
The Sixers will blast “Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex” on the basketball operations side and have eschewed corporate sponsorship – and a potential hefty big-dollar deal – to build the brand. The Sixers planned for a 4,000-square-foot sign with letters up to nine feet high on the three-story office building and a 1,000-square-foot sign on the practice building.
“We’d rather keep the name,” O’Neil said.
The Sixers hope to have 250 employees under the Camden umbrella by January and said the doors will occasionally open to season-ticket holders, corporate sponsors and for select community events throughout the year.
But not if Sacramento owner Vivek Ranadive has something to say about it.
Ranadive is determined to hold on to Gay, whom he considers a vital talent with All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins as the Kings move into a new arena this season. Ranadive has told associates that he believes he can change Gay’s mind this year and persuade him to stay, league sources said.
Gay’s lack of faith in ownership’s ability to create a sustainable, winning environment has strongly influenced his decision-making process, league sources told The Vertical.
Ranadive is right. Free agency is about 10 months away. That’s a long time, and lot can change between now and then.
All the Kings have to do is break a 10-year playoff drought, give Gay a bigger offensive role and operate with a functionality so far nonexistent under Ranadive’s watch. Then, I bet Gay would re-consider.
The Knicks continue to build a roster of players who were better about a half decade ago.
The latest: Re-signing Lou Amundson.
New York Knickerbockers President Phil Jackson announced today that the team has re-signed forward Lou Amundson. T
Michael Scotto of Sheridan Hoops:
The Knicks had only the minimum to offer, so that’s surely what Amundson got. Amundson is New York’s 15th player – the regular-season roster limit – with a guaranteed salary, though it wouldn’t be costly to eat a guaranteed rookie minimum deal of Maurice Ndour or Marshall Plumlee and. Ron Baker, J.P. Tokoto and Chasson Randle have partial guarantees.
After earning a one-year contract last summer with his play the second half of 2013-14, Amundson sharply declined last season. He didn’t finish well at the rim, could barely convert at all from mid-range and fouled way too much defensively. That came in a small sample of 204 minutes in 29 games, but there’s a reason Amundson played so little. He’ll still hustle, but age 33, that’s becoming less useful.