By Chris Sheridan NEW YORK — From my e-mail inbox, sent by an NBA fanatic who I know personally: “The season isn’t going to start on time. The players trust the player agents to successfully manage their careers more so than Derek Fisher (a ball player) and Billy Hunter (who is no match for David Stern). Who do you have more confidence in to get you the best deal? That memo did nothing but cause more divide in the union and strengthen
A note to readers: Mark Heisler is on vacation this week in Paris. Debuting in Heisler’s usual Monday slot is our newest contributor, Jan Hubbard, who has worked at NBA headquarters and in the media. He came aboard as a guest columnist, and that arrangement lasted about 45 minutes before we both decided it was best that he be permanent. Jan will be writing every Tuesday (in Peter May’s old spot), and he’ll be as enlightening of a basketball columnist as you’ve ever read. By
By Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog PISCATAWAY, N.J. — John Calipari has had a slew of one-and-done players during his tenures at Memphis and Kentucky. But he has to go back to his UMass days to find a proper comparison for 6-foot-10, 220-pound Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis. “Marcus Camby,” Calipari said Friday at Rutgers at the first annual clinic to benefit The Brayden Carr Foundation. “Marcus Camby, same. [Davis] shoots it better. Marcus was bigger, but they’re both really good.” Calipari said Davis has worked especially well in tandem
By Chris Sheridan And then there is this link to a radio spot I did with John Canzano (who broke the lockout amnesty clause story in The Oregonian) on the Bald Faced Truth show on 750thegame radio in Portland. We even talked about Ted Williams vs. Jose Reyes, and I explained my vision for this Web site. Click here to listen. And please follow Canzano on Twitter. He is one of the best in the business.
By Chris Sheridan Click here for a link to a radio interview I did this afternoon on the Mason and Ireland Show in Los Angeles. The subject matter, not surprisingly, was the NBA lockout. I think I may have won the co-hosts over to my line of reasoning regarding what a settlement might look like financially, and why an imminent settlement makes so much common sense.
By Chris Bernucca I would prefer not to bring politics into basketball, but I have to wonder if John Boehner, Eric Cantor and Mitch McConnell somehow sneaked into the recent NBA labor negotiations and presented the amnesty clause as another one of their magical job-creating proposals. Those proposals always seem to start with legislation that assures companies and individuals who already have lots of money will either (a) keep all of their money or (b) be given more money. And they always
By Chris Sheridan NEW YORK — From what I can gather, it is looking more and more like a deal is going to be cut in the 51/49 or 50/50 range when it comes to the split of basketball related income. It’ll probably take the sides a couple of days to get to that point when negotiations resume Friday, with the owners currently offering only 46-48 percent (down from 57 percent in the last deal) and the players at 54 (but having