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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Knicks Morning News (2014.07.29)

  • [New York Times] Lakers Finally Confirm Byron Scott Is New Coach (Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:27:57 GMT)
    The Los Angeles Lakers confirmed Byron Scott is their new coach Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Lakers Appoint Scott as Head Coach (Tue, 29 Jul 2014 03:33:52 GMT)
    The Los Angeles Lakers appointed former player Byron Scott as their new head coach on Monday, bringing an end to their “extensive and thorough” search for Mike D’Antoni’s replacement.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Minnesota Signs Williams (Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:40:31 GMT)
    The Minnesota Timberwolves and the free-agent guard Mo Williams agreed to a one-year deal worth $3.75 million.

  • [New York Times] Bojan Bogdanovic Gets Familiar With the Nets (Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:50:26 GMT)
    Bojan Bogdanovic, a 25-year-old forward from Bosnia and Herzegovina, has been on a whirlwind introductory tour since signing a three-year contract with the Nets last week.

  • [New York Times] Donald Sterling Loses Bid to Block Sale of Clippers (Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:28:16 GMT)
    Judge Michael Levanas ruled that Sterling could not stop the sale of the team that his wife, Rochelle, brokered for a record $2 billion against his wishes.

  • [New York Times] Rose Returns as US Basketball Team Opens Camp (Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:57:56 GMT)
    Derrick Rose says he feels old.

  • [New York Times] Judge Gives Go-Ahead for $2 Billion Sale of NBA’s Clippers (Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:51:52 GMT)
    The estranged wife of Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling can proceed with the record $2 billion sale of the NBA team despite her husband’s objections, a judge ruled on Monday, in a likely coda to a case of lingering racism in American sports.

  • 7 comments on “Knicks Morning News (2014.07.29)

    1. JD & The Rim Shot

      Kevin Pelton taking a look at next summer’s free agent class.


      http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/11272121/2015-free-agency-numbers-nba

      Notably there are lots of big men hitting the open market. He likes Robin Lopez, who would be a nice defensive stopper up the middle and would definitely slide in easily with all the big men we’ll end up dropping next year. Millsap would also be an interesting pickup, though you wonder how well he’d fit with Melo.

    2. Kevin Udwary

      It’s hard to imagine how the Donald Sterling situation could have gone any smoother for the league. From Sterling being shown to be mentally incapable, Shelly Sterling being willing to work with the league to sell the team and Balmer’s purchase price being way over market value. It seems like if any one of those didn’t happen, this could have been a major mess. Great article, ephus!

    3. ephus

      Thanks, Kevin.

      Everything did break in the NBA’s direction, but they were holding a strong hand from the beginning and they played it well.

      As I wrote in my initial blogpost, Adam Silver elected to have the problems that accompanied terminating Donald Sterling rather than those that would have come from trying to keep Sterling as an NBA owner. Silver was strongly pressured in this direction by the NBPA and Kevin Johnson. The players had much more leverage in this situation than they had in the CBA negotiations, because Donald Sterling engendered such wide-spread revulsion.

      Donald Sterling, on the other hand, repeatedly shot himself in the foot. His flip-flops on Shelly Sterling’s sale of the team, rants on the answering machines of the doctors who certified his mental incapacity, failure to show up for the first day of trial, credibility shredding abysmal testimony and attack on Shelly as a “pig” steeled Judge Levanas to rule against Donald Sterling and make certain that the order was as close to non-appealable as possible.

      Of course, Sterling is going to walk away with his part of $2 billion.

    4. dtrickey

      Great article ephus. I’ve been really interested in the Sterling case. I work in Commercial Litigation here in Australia and it’s fascinating to see how it has played out, compared to how it would have likely gone down here. Out of curiosity (sorry to be diverting the thread away form Bball) what are the chances of Sterling’s claims for damages against the NBA and Shelly? I would think it would be difficult to really argue any loss or damage considering he’s going to receive a couple of billion dollars from the sale. I would think that the only why he got it is if the court determined the team was severely undervalued, however the probate court seems to have knocked that on the head.

    5. ephus

      In my opinion, Donald Sterling has virtually no chance of prevailing in his on-going lawsuits against the NBA, Adam Silver and Shelly Sterling.

      1. His federal anti-trust suit was predicated on the efforts by the NBA to terminate the Clippers franchise and seize control of the sale. Since the termination is not going to happen, those claims should be stillborn.

      2. His claims for civil conspiracy are likely to be barred by the factual findings of Judge Levanas. He made an explicit ruling that Shelly Sterling did not manipulate Donald to submit to the neurological examinations as part of as “Secret Plan B” to strip him of control of the Clippers. Of all of Donald’s claims, I thought that this had the most likelihood of success, because someone on Shelly’s team leaked a blow-by-blow to the New York Times when they thought Donald had acquiesced to the sale at the beginning of June. Even that story stated that Shelly was not aware of the plan, but that would have likely been an issue that Donald could have taken to trial. Now that Judge Levanas has ruled on the issue, Donald Sterling will be bound by that finding under a doctrine called “collateral estoppel”.

      3. Judge Levanas ruling that the Clippers were being sold for well-above market price likely prevents Donald Sterling from obtaining damages. That finding should be binding on Sterling in any subsequent case. But a bitter-end plaintiff, like Donald Sterling, can pursue a claim purely for nominal damages.

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