Apparently there is no statute of limitations on people who feel wronged by Allan Houston.
Art Rondeau — a personal coach who worked with Houston in 1999 and 2000 — Monday sued Houston and the Knicks, according to the Associated Press. The lawsuit claims Rondeau worked with Houston to reverse shooting slumps, however the guard never kept up his promises to praise Rondeau’s work publicly. Instead, the suit says Houston disparaged Rondeau to Knicks officials and reporters.
So 11 years after the fact he is suing Houston — now a Knicks executive — for $2.5 million. As you can imagine, the Knicks are saying the suit has no merit.
Houston’s shooting percentage did jump from the 98-99 season to the 99-2000 season however you choose to break down the numbers. Houston’s traditional field goal percentage jumped from 41.8 to 48.3, from three he improved from 40.7 percent to 43.6, and his eFG% (which combines the two) jumped from 45.9 to 52.5, his true shooting percentage jumped from 51.5 to 56.9.
However, there are a lot of factors that tie into how a players performs. How much of the jump was due to health or coaching or other factors is hard to prove. Especially a decade later.
But who doesn’t love a good Knicks lawsuit?
Back in October 2009, the Sacramento Kings’ Francisco Garcia was lifting weights while on the Gymnic “Burst Resistant” Plus Stability Ball — when it did burst.
Sure, sounds funny, but Garcia fell to the ground, broke his right wrist and missed time.
Now the Kings are suing the Italian makers of that ball for $4 million, as well as he American distributor.
It’s common to use the ball as support while doing things like a bench press to work on balance at the same time. Of course, the ball bursting kind of throws all of that out the window. Teams throughout the league have sopped that brand of ball.
Maybe when you’re a member of the paparazzi and you spend your days on stakeouts in the bushes near a celebrity’s home, things lose a little perspective.
Case in point, the lawsuit filed against the Clippers Baron Davis, as reported on TMZ.com
The photog — not our guy — claims he and a pack of shutterbugs were “legally standing on public property” outside of Kate (Hudson’s) L.A. home back in 2008 when Kate and Baron arrived.
According to the suit, the photog claims Baron, “apparently unnerved by the media attention, picked up a dirt clod and threw it” … striking the pap in the face and eyes.
The photog claims he suffered some serious damage to his eyeball — and wants Baron to fork over more than $25,000 to make things right.
You know what helps get dirt out of your eye? Water. Not $25,000 and tying up our court system.
Just what the Clippers needed, another distraction for Davis.
If you have the money to make a jewel encrusted pendant of your basketball jersey… well, maybe Biggie Smalls was right about money.
LeBron James’ business manager Maverick Carter is now being sued by VaNeisha Robinson, who is charging false imprisonment, according to TMZ.com (via FanHouse). The fact that this is on TMZ next to Mel Gibson stories tells you all you really need to know.
The tale goes like this: Robinson says she bought the pendant — a jewel encrusted LeBron Jersey that says “King” on it — for $5 at a garage sale. She said she thought it was costume jewelry, turns out it was real and worth $10,000 (cue Biggie). Nobody is totally buying her story, not Carter who said the pendant was stolen and not police, who investigated her for receiving stolen property. However, no charges were filed.
Robinson’s lawsuit claims that Carter told her he set up a meeting with her and James to buy the pendant back, but when she arrived it was a nine-person ambush and they held her in the house against her will until she gave up the pendant.
Now she wants $50,000 for both the “robbery” of the pendant and the mental anguish. Carter has filed court documents denying all allegations.
When do actual basketball games start? Next week? Doesn’t seem soon enough right now.
What legal system overburdened with frivolous lawsuits are you talking about?
From Courthouse News (via Ben Maller):
A man sued the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Quicken Loans Arena to discover the identity of the NBA team’s mascot, Moondog, who allegedly struck his arm to make him drop a sign, rupturing a tendon in the process, in Cuyahoga County Court.
The Cavaliers legal response to this suit was written in Comic Sans.
Maybe as part of this lawsuit we can find out why the Cleveland Cavaliers have a dog mascot. Named Moondog. Just curious.