Timing is everything.
Back at the All-Star break, players scoffed at the first Collective Bargaining Agreement submitted by the owners, one that called for a hard salary cap and other major changes. The owners gave that to the players on the same weekend that David Stern was claiming the owners would lose $400 million this year.
The players submitted their proposal to the league — right as owners are on an orgy of spending, throwing big money after mediocre players, making it look like money is no object.
Ken Berger from CBSSports got the league to acknowledge they got the document. Here are the key points:
* The soft cap with exceptions stays in place, similar to current system (owners wanted a hard cap in their proposal).
* More aggressive revenue sharing between the teams. (That was not in the owners proposal, with the league saying owner revenue sharing and the CBA are separate issues.)
* A looser interpretation of restricted free agency that should be more to the owners liking. For example, a system that would not have pushed Memphis to make a max deal offer to Rudy Gay to avoid dealing with a front-loaded contract from a team such as New Jersey.
* Changes to make it easier to trade a player who was recently signed to a deal, facilitating more trades.
The owners will look at this and have the same reaction to it — which basically calls for the status quo — as the players did to the owners’ proposal that called to radically shift the financial playing field for the league.
Basically, we are all still on pace for a lockout next July 1. Imagine how much fun it will be a year from now to read tweets and updates from some hotel boardroom about negations over a CBA, not free agency?
Philadelphia’s Markelle Fultz is in his own head with his free throw stroke now. (And, likely much more than that, but we’ll stick with the free throws for now.)
Earlier this week Fultz double-clutched a free throw attempt and his stroke was a mess.
Each game that stroke seems to change and the latest one is… different. Very different.
As Vecenie notes, this is actually an improvement in terms of the release, but that doesn’t make it good. Fultz was 1-of-2 in his one trip to the stripe (as of this writing).
Still, I have never seen someone pass the ball back-and-forth between their hands as they go into their shooting motion like that. Very, very odd.
Why is 76ers guard Markelle Fultz‘s shot so screwed up?
Did he suffer an injury? Did he change his mechanics? Does he have the yips? Some combination?
Another theory presented by Brandon Robinson: Fultz got into a motorcycle crash last year.
Fultz’s agent, Raymond Brothers, via Kyle Neubeck of PhillyVoice:
“Markelle and the motorcycle, I saw the article that was sent, 100 percent not true,” said Brothers. “Quote me on that.”
The Collective Bargaining Agreement prohibits players from riding on motorcycles, though this theoretically could have been before Fultz signed his contract with Philadelphia. So, if this is true, there could be even more complications.
But Robinson’s report is too far-fetched to believe. Without more evidence, I’m not buying it.
Derrick Rose was found not liable during a civil rape trial in 2016.
The plaintiff appealed, and her argument was heard today. It doesn’t sound like it was well-received.
One of the appellate-court judges, Hon. Barrington D. Parker Jr., via Kyle Bonagura of ESPN:
“The main issue in this case is what happened that night between Doe and the three defendants,” Parker told Anand. “And you did a good job of presenting your case that what happened on that evening was nonconsensual, that she was raped.
“The defendants, as I look at the record, had powerful defenses to that presentation, which at the end of the day, the jury bought. You had a nine-day trial and this jury was out in what, 15 minutes? And you lose on every single claim. The jury just didn’t buy your case. No trial is perfect, but your evidence concerning the night in question came in and the jury had an opportunity to hear that.”
Following the trial as it unfolded, it seems the jury made the correct decision. Doe’s case was presented and considered. There wasn’t nearly enough evidence against Rose to find him liable.
That doesn’t mean he didn’t rape Doe. Her accusation counts for something. But at a certain point, if her claims can’t be credibly substantiated, Rose deserves a chance to move on. Police also investigated Rose and didn’t charge him.
The Court of Appeals has not yet ruled on Doe’s appeal, but it sounds like Rose is one step closer to putting this behind him legally.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he erred by not being involved enough in the franchise’s business side, allowing a predatory work environment to fester.
But he also didn’t appear at the press conference after the investigation’s results were released, leaving new CEO Cynthia Marshall to face the public.
Cuban on 1310 The Ticket, via Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News:
Because it’s Cynthia’s company now to run on the business side.
I’m the owner of a lot of different companies and I have CEO’s who run them. And it’s her’s to run and she’s good. And when you find someone that’s great at what they do, you let them do their job. Now, did I learn and I’ll communicate more with it? Yeah. But I’m not going to go into any of the details other than do say she is phenomenal at what she does and she deserves the respect that she’s earned and the Mavs are a much better organization and will be. And the NBA will be better because other teams and the NBA itself also are using her as a resource.
all the people that were involved are gone. . . The reality is, it’s behind us now. We did what we had to do. We’ve moved immediately. We brought in Cynt. Cynt’s a superstar. She’s changed the culture completely. That’s all you can do.
No organization is perfect. I’ve made my mistakes. The organization made its mistakes and we fixed them. There’s really no reason to suspend me or do a lot of the things people speculated about.
The difference between now and before is I talk to Cynt almost every day. Whereas the previous leadership . . . I talked to Cynt more the first month than I did per year, or five years, than I did in the past, because I was focused on basketball. And I don’t care what anybody writes. I don’t care what anybody thinks. I don’t care what anybody says. Anybody who watched and was there, recognized it.
Cuban clearly trusts Marshall to run the organization well. But he also trusted the previous regime to run the organization well, and look how that turned out.
I hope Cuban talking to Marshall daily creates the appropriate level of accountability. I hope Cuban is correct that the Mavericks’ problems are behind them.
But a new problem – the continued employment of a team photographer accused by multiple women of sexual harassment – arose under Marshall’s watch. The photographer, Danny Bollinger, was still travelling with the team and fired only after his accusers – felt unheard by the Mavericks – went public.
That creates plenty of questions about whether the appropriate mechanisms are in place to protect employees.
Cuban and the Mavericks must prove much more before deserving the benefit of the doubt this is behind them.