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This time next year there will be a new NBA commissioner. David Stern, who has headed the league since 1984, will step down in February 2014, making this NBA Draft his last. He made it count.
If a Maloof brother peeks out of his closet and sees his shadow, you know it’s six more months of the Kings remaining in Sacramento. Yes, one of the current owners of the Kings actually got chased into a hotel lobby closet by the press, which was only one of the highlights of today’s NBA Board of Governors meeting.
Listen, we don’t know for sure whether or not Carmelo Anthony’s wife LaLa Vasquez tastes like Honey Nut Cheerios. We do know, however, that you don’t say that kind of thing to another dude about his wife. Because he will seek you out — on the court, in the hallway, outside the locker room and near the bus. And then he will be suspended for it.
Friday night featured a full slate of relatively boring NBA action and not much else, but a couple of big stories emerged among the clutter of Indiana at Sacramento, Phoenix at Toronto, and so forth. In a week where we had two winners of the $550 million Powerball jackpot, two more people were able to cash in for no good reason in a big way.
Stan Van Gundy’s handshake deal with ESPN has fallen through, and now there are whispers that NBA commissioner David Stern played a part in killing the deal. Van Gundy is pissed, and made some very interesting comments about the Worldwide Leader in Sports. Those comments, after the jump.
From the fine folks at SB Nation comes this stupendous 8-bit re-imagining of the NBA Draft. And there’s even an upset at #1! Expect a seething 1988 Michael Jordan to put up 5,000 shots tonight while muttering “Bowser…Bowser” under this breath. [SB Nation on YouTube]
NBA players have a habit of missing non-Olympic international tournaments, and there’s a reason: money. Now, David Stern and FIBA are working towards creating a new super-tournament, so everyone will get what they want.