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ACC latest sports entity following NBA in divesting from North Carolina


First, the NCAA.

Now, the ACC.

The Atlantic Coast Conference is the latest sporting body to follow the NBA in pulling events from North Carolina due to the state’s anti-gay law. The NBA removed the 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte. The ACC is moving its neutral-site championships, including football and basketball.

This won’t be a silver bullet. The Hornets will remain in Charlotte, just as North Carolina, Duke, North Carolina State and Wake Forest will remain in the state.

But this has become a wider movement against this discriminatory law, a movement the NBA ushered into the sporting world.

Attorney for Derrick Rose accuser says Knicks never sought her side of story

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The Knicks traded for Derrick Rose as he faced a lawsuit for rape. Rose denied the accusation, but disturbing (and complex) details have since emerged – leaving questions about what Phil Jackson knew and should’ve known when he made the deal.

Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News:

Less than a week before Derrick Rose was deposed in a rape lawsuit, the Knicks traded for him without ever seeking the alleged victim’s side of the story, the woman’s lawyer said Wednesday.

Brandon Anand, who is representing the 30-year-old “Jane Doe,” said he suspects the Chicago Bulls dealt Rose because of the pending lawsuit.

“My first reaction was maybe they’re hiding this from the Knicks and passed him off without giving full disclosures, but it seems to me like the Knicks should’ve done their own investigation,” Anand told the Daily News.

Asked about Anand’s charge that he was never contacted by the Knicks, the team declined to comment and pointed to an earlier statement from Knicks President Phil Jackson that he was “aware” of the lawsuit.

Jackson admitted he never felt compelled to investigate the allegations into Rose — saying after acquiring the 28-year-old in June, “We are aware of it. Investigation is a big word.”

Let’s be clear: Jackson saying publicly “investigation is a big word” does NOT mean he failed to do his due diligence. He’s not required to reveal the scope of the Knicks’ investigation, especially because doing so could create the impression of a serious problem even if that investigation relieved concerns about Rose.

But it seems impossible to conduct a proper investigation without speaking to the plaintiff and her lawyer. Nobody else is equipped to give her side of the story.

On one hand, this should be a matter for the judicial system – not a sports team – to handle. On the other hand, the Knicks should probably know a great deal about someone they’re paying more than $20 million and asking to represent the franchise.

Sam Hinkie not joining Stanford’s faculty

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In his Twitter debut, former 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie said, “I’ll teach a little (at Stanford).”

Don’t get the wrong impression.

Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, via Kevin Draper of Deadspin:

We are excited that former General Manager and President of Basketball Operations of the Philadelphia 76ers, Sam Hinkie, will be a guest speaker in one or more class sessions in our sports management courses at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB). This furthers the GSB priority of including dozens of guest speakers each year who provide real-world perspective into management issues.

I understand your confusion. Sam Hinkie will be a guest speaker at one or more class sessions taught by George Foster. He is not a member of our faculty. This is a common practice of the GSB to bring in guests to enrich the student experience.

I was fairly certain Hinkie didn’t become a professor at Stanford. A lecturer? Maybe.

But a guest speaker? That’s far below what most of us inferred from his tweet.

By this logic, I taught at the University of Michigan when I presented a project to the class.

Agent: Rockets haven’t made Donatas Motiejunas a serious offer

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The NBA’s system reducing his earning power with nothing left to do but voice dissent.

Donatas Motiejunas is there again.

After the Pistons voided a trade for him last season, Motiejunas slammed Detroit for flunking him on his physical as an excuse to change its mind on an unfavorable deal. The big man’s clear concern: The Pistons’ negative evaluation adversely affecting him in free agency this summer.

Returned to the Rockets, Motiejunas remains a restricted free agent with a $4,433,683 qualifying offer on the table. His restricted status probably limited other suitors, which of course Houston wants to use to its advantage.

That has left Motiejunas again taking to the media, this time through his agent, B.J. Armstrong.

Armstrong, via Calvin Watkins of ESPN:

“They haven’t made us a serious offer,” Motiejunas’ agent, BJ Armstong told ESPN on Wednesday. “Our moment of truth will be October 1. We’ll make a decision on that day.”

“There’s only so much we can do based on the current CBA,” Armstrong said alluding to the fact Motiejunas is a restricted free agent and outside of getting an offer from another team, which the Rockets can match, he’s in limbo. “I’m not frustrated, this is what it is. We’ll know where the Rockets stand by (Oct. 1). All deals get done in the 11th hour.”

Motiejunas’ qualifying offer expires Oct. 1. If he doesn’t accept it, he’ll remain a restricted free agent – but without the ability to unilaterally accept a one-year, $4,433,683 offer from the Rockets. He’d be stuck without whatever they offer, though they’d also risk not having a helpful player. Letting Oct. 1 pass would be extremely risky for Motiejunas.

He turns 26 next week, and when healthy, he can score inside and out. But repeated back injuries cause major concern.

I’m not sure Armstrong can just lobby the Rockets into making a bigger long-term offer. They might prefer Motiejunas on a one-year contract so they can reevaluate his health in 2017.

Celtics sign Damion Lee, Jalen Jones

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The Celtics preseason roster is so flush, R.J. Hunter and James Young are battling for a regular-season roster spot despite their talent, youth and guaranteed salaries.

Boston is still adding to the crowd.


The Boston Celtics have signed Jalen Jones and Damion Lee.

Lee (Louisville) and Jones (Texas A&M) both went undrafted. They likely received small guarantees designed to compensate for low D-League salaries. In the the likely event they waive the pair, the Celtics can assign Jones’ and Lee’s D-League rights to Boston’s affiliate.

Still, by getting to training camp, Jones and Lee give themselves a chance to impress – say if the Celtics make a roster-clearing trade (though No. 51 pick Ben Bentil starts with the upper hand).

Lee transferred from Drexel and is the higher-regarded prospect. He’s a plus perimeter shooter with penetrating skills to attack closeouts. But the 6-foot-6 wing will turn 24 before the season.

A half year younger, Jones also transferred, from Southern Methodist. A 6-foot-7 small forward with a 6-foot-11 wingspan, he has a body to play in the NBA if he develops. But he’ll need to do more than score inside – like shoot from outside and pass.