Before we get to today’s news, a hearty congratulations to our senior columnist, Moke Hamilton, on joining the staff at HoopsWorld. Moke has treated me as his mentor, and I am happy to see him graduate to become a part of the USA Today Sports group. He is a terrific writer, a fast learner, MENSA material (even though he had never heard of MENSA when he joined SheridanHoops), and a wonderful storyteller who covered Game 5 of the 2012 NBA Finals and Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals for this site.
Moke also is a good friend, and if the stars align properly, we will be wingmen in Caracas, Venezuela, at the Tournament of the Americas this September. (Rule of thumb: Whenever a Miss Universe Pageant is held, Miss Venezuela is the favorite).
Over/under on when Moke gets an offer from ESPN: July 20, 2014.
Moke will remain at this site through the end of this month, and his latest list of the Top 25 remaining Free Agents was updated today. Check it out. Still some good players left.
I was thinking of staging a sidewalk protest outside of Steve Kyler’s headquarters, but then I realized I’d just be copycating Dwyane Wade’s ex-wife.
- In the bizarro world of NBA marriages/divorces, it doesn’t get much stranger than this: From Maudlyne Ihejirike of the Chicago Sun-Times: “The ex-wife of Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade on Friday took to the streets to get her side of the story told — literally sitting on the sidewalk outside the Daley Center with a sign. “NBA Miami Heat star, mother of his children on the streets,” Siohvaughn Funches-Wade’s sign read. She said she was driven to the act after a frustrating several days in court this week, as the post-divorce saga between the one-time high-school sweethearts continues to play out. The former couple, who grew up in south suburban Robbins, have two children together. Wade, a Richards High School graduate and three-time NBA champion now dating actress Gabrielle Union, filed for divorce from Funches-Wade in 2007. Their 2010 divorce, custody battle — Wade gained sole custody of the children in 2011 while his ex-wife retained visitation rights — and post-divorce relationship has been nothing short of messy. After a grueling week of court developments in which Funches-Wade sought to fire her attorney — her legal representation paid for by Wade, she has gone through 12 lawyers — and a week in which she was arrested by Circuit Court Judge Thomas Carr for appearing late in court, she’d had it. Leaving Friday’s hearing, Funches-Wade plopped down on a mat outside the downtown courts building, with her sign and her sister and mother at her side supporting her. “Dwyane Wade is offering to pay only some of what he owes me if I sign an agreement never again to discuss what happened in our marriage or with our children. I refuse,” the ex-wife said. “I finally told Carr I just wanted to end the case and keep my freedom and my voice. I told him I didn’t want anything from Dwyane. The judge demanded the trial continue. I couldn’t believe it.” Wade’s attorney James B. Pritikin, could not be reached for comment. In court Monday, however, Pritikin had refuted Funches-Wade’s charges against Wade, saying of her ex-husband, “His position is that she has issues, and she needs to deal with those issues.”
- ICYMI, Wade has outed Gabrielle Union as a farter.
- As noted in this terrific column by Shlomo Sprung, the work “Knicks” was not uttered once by Kevin Garnett of Paul Pierce at their introductory news conference with the Brooklyn Nets. But the same cannot be said of Mikhail Prokhorov,
- More on Prokhorov in this terrific article by the always excellent Howard Beck of the New York Times: ” From the moment he arrived, Mr. Prokhorov has been single-minded in his goals, insisting that if the Nets failed to win a title within five years, he would do the unthinkable and marry. He has two years left to avoid that fate. “I can assure you that no process, for the time being, in looking for a wife is under way,” Mr. Prokhorov said. “This is for sure.”
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