David Murphy: There's an NBA playoff format that would satisfy what's best for Damian Lillard and fans everywhere, but it isn't group play
Damian Lillard is smart. He also happens to be correct. With one of the most viewer-friendly styles of play in the NBA, the Portland Trail Blazers star has the leverage to ensure that his team is in the best possible position when the season resumes. The best ability is availability, and the NBA needs all that it can get of both as it seeks to minimize the revenue losses it will incur when it plays out the most valuable part of its season without the ability to sell tickets to fans.Doing so will require that the league milk every last ratings point that will be up for grabs between now and the...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
A Michael Jordan ticket from his 1st Bulls game sells for nearly $25,000 at auction
CHICAGO — A game ticket from Michael Jordan’s 1984 NBA debut for the Chicago Bulls sold for nearly $25,000, a record for a ticket of its kind but not the overall record for the Hall of Famer’s first game.The Huggins and Scott Auctions sale, which ended in the wee hours Friday morning, drew 62 bids and closed at $24,907.50, including the buyer’s premium.“The Jordan stuff right now is just through the ceiling on everything,” said Mark Townsend, owner of Columbia, Maryland-based TicketsFromThePast.com. “It’s just crazy.”The ticket stub, one of only 11 graded by sports memorabilia authentication s...
Heat's Udonis Haslem: 'Those guys that made those decisions in Minnesota were terrible people before they ever put the badge on'
Udonis Haslem is both troubled and torn.What the Miami Heat captain has witnessed from afar has made this a disturbing week far beyond the concerns of an NBA season in limbo.The death of George Floyd, the resulting firing of four Minneapolis policemen, the ensuing rioting and the ongoing racial tensions left the championship power forward compelled to turn to Instagram earlier this week to share thoughts that he understands will be viewed through numerous prisms.“I have close friends and family in law enforcement,” the 39-year-old lifelong South Florida resident posted. “This doesn’t apply to ...
Bradford William Davis: There's an essential difference between 'essential workers' and athletes
NEW YORK — The concept of an essential worker is simple enough for an average Joe to comprehend. They are laborers who provide services so critical to society’s most basic needs, their absence would immediately compromise our ability to live.Grocery baggers and stockers continue to work so you can get food when you’re hungry. Doctors, nurses and cleaning crews show up every day in case you get sick, especially when everyone is getting sick. The police patrol the streets so the wrong kinds of people stay away from the Central Park Bramble.But if a beloved major sport came back tomorrow, few wou...
New York Daily News
Ex-NBA player Stephen Jackson says Minneapolis policeman who killed George Floyd deserves death penalty
Former NBA player Stephen Jackson is calling for capital punishment for the police officer who killed his friend.“I know we not going to get the death penalty, but I’m going for it,” Jackson said Thursday morning on Power105. “Because the only way that they can stop killing us is if they see one of their own sitting at the chair and fry for something they did and knowing that could be them.“We had to see it, the world had to see it, my brother die then the world has to see one of them die. That’s the only way we’re going to get justice.”Jackson said he was close with George Floyd, the man who ...
New York Daily News
Michael Rand: In NHL and NBA restarts, the best teams will suffer the most
The last few months have taught us plenty of lessons, and the most consistent one might be this: everything is subject to change.This shows up in very serious ways in the midst of a pandemic. In less serious ways, the notion of adjusting on the fly has permeated entities that have typically been change-averse — major United States professional sports leagues.Faced with a choice of getting creative or having no chance at starting (or re-starting) seasons, leagues like the NHL, NBA, MLB and MLS are basically making things up as they go along.A realigned, streamlined schedule? Having all games pl...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Mac Engel: Shortening MLB, NBA, NHL seasons over COVID should mean champions get asterisks
FORT WORTH, Texas — Whether it’s the Lakers, Yankees, Bruins, LeBron or Trout, anything associated with this season comes with a mask, and an asterisk.It counts, but not all accomplishments are equal.While baseball does its typical routine of tripping over itself because of its inability to deal with its players’ union, hockey and basketball are progressing to return.Everyone is ready to just deal with it.On Tuesday afternoon, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced definitive plans for the league to start playing again. It last played on March 12 before shutting down due to the coronavirus.Th...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
As Detroit Pistons search for GM, fans need to remember a splashy name isn't always best
Outside of winning a championship, few things seem to generate more excitement for fans than the beginning of a rebuild.It’s one of the few times a franchise gets the benefit of the doubt and can fall back on selling promise and patience over performance and playoffs. Of course, for some Detroit Pistons fans, patience is running out after a decade without a playoff win.But a scroll through Twitter on Tuesday, after the news of the Pistons’ GM search restarting, suggested a significant portion of the fan base is ready to buy back in.“Chauncey Billups” became a trending topic in Detroit — the re...
Detroit Free Press
Heat's Kendrick Nunn acknowledges hitting rookie wall, vows to return stronger
At 24, Kendrick Nunn is not your typical rookie. This initial season with the Miami Heat was preceded by a full season in the G League, one at Oakland University and three at Illinois.Yet with all that experience, there has been nothing like this grueling first NBA ride.It is why, even now, while at rest amid the league’s shutdown, Nunn appreciates more is needed when it comes to preparations for future seasons.“One thing that I want to improve on going into my second season is how I maintain my body, to be able to be prepared for that full season,” he said during a video appearance on the NBA...
Ex-Nets coach Kenny Atkinson on Knicks coaching list: report
NEW YORK — Kenny Atkinson can be added to the list.The former Nets coach will be among the candidates interviewed for the Knicks position, according to the Athletic. As previously reported, Tom Thibodeau and Mike Miller are also expected to sit down with team president Leon Rose for consideration.Atkinson unexpectedly became available after being fired by the Nets in March, just about a week before the NBA season shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 52-year-old Long Island product had Brooklyn in a playoff spot despite the absence of his two best players — Kevin Durant and Kyrie I...
New York Daily News