A hodgepodge of news from around the NBA
The NBA season is entering the stretch run, so it’s time to get caught up on some of the smaller goings-on in the association that don’t always make the front page.
The Anaheim Kings?
Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson stated recently after a meeting with the Maloofs, the owners of the Sacramento Kings, that it appears likely the Kings will relocate next season. Possible locations include Kansas City, Las Vegas, and Seattle, but the most likely destination is Anaheim.
The Kings have been in Sacramento since 1985 but would join the Hornets and Thunder as teams that have relocated in the past 10 years.
Sacramento experienced its greatest moments in the late 1990s and early 2000s when Chris Webber, Mike Bibby, Peja Stojakovic, and Vlade Divac helped the Kings become one of the top teams in the NBA, only to have title hopes crushed by Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, and the rest of the Lakers juggernaut.
One holdup to a possible move would be opposition from other owners, specifically Joe Lacob in Golden State, Donald Sterling with the Los Angeles Clippers, and Jerry Buss with the Lakers. Any move nearer to Los Angeles could be seen as infringing on a team’s market, which would not sit well with either LA team as neither club wants the LA market to be saturated with a third NBA franchise. And while any move south by Sacramento would seem to benefit the Warriors, who reside in Oakland, Lacob may not want to set a precedent for a team’s possible move to San Francisco or San Jose in the future.
While the Kings leaving Sacramento would be a sad day for the NBA, let’s all just hope the Maloofs don’t compound the issue by giving the team a stupid name like Major League Baseball’s Anaheim team did when it renamed itself The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. No one wants to see that.
Unlike in baseball, apparently there is crying in basketball
According to Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, a few of Miami’s players were shedding tears after a tough loss to the Chicago Bulls on Mar. 6. That revelation led many to ridicule the Miami players for being too soft for crying after losing a single, fairly meaningless game in an 82-game season.
Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson was quoted on latimes.com as saying, “This is the NBA: No Boys Allowed. Big boys don’t cry,” before adding, “But if you’re going to do it, do it in the toilet where no one sees you.”
Lakers forward Ron Artest took a different approach, praising the Heat players for letting their emotions out instead of bottling up their feelings. As quoted in the Orange County Register, Artest said, “I would have hugged them and got some ice cream.”
While this topic still remains in the national spotlight, there is still no word whether Miami plans on acquiring Glen “Big Baby” Davis and former Gonzaga standout Adam Morrison next season to add some veteran tear-shedders to the roster.
Hall of Fame snubs
The finalists were announced for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2011, and inexplicably, Reggie Miller’s name was not among the finalists. Making matters worse, Don Nelson, the NBA’s all-time winningest coach also was left off the list.
Next year, the Hall of Fame should leave voting to the IBM Jeopardy-playing supercomputer Watson, and in 2012, we can finally have a controversy-free Hall of Fame class, consisting of Miller, Nelson, the T-1000 Terminator model, and HAL 9000.
LeBron Jordan lawsuit
Michael Jordan and LeBron James are each being sued by the company LeBron Jordan, Inc. for $150 million. The company states that Nike and Live Nation reps for Jordan and James damaged the company by threatening to sue the company for creating a line of basketball shoes under that name. The company insists that it is a legitimate suit.
The guess here is that if LeBron Jordan, Inc. loses this lawsuit, then it will start producing hockey sticks under the name Gretzky Crosby, LLC.
Eddy Curry to Miami rumor
Now that Eddy Curry is officially a free agent, his name has once again been linked to the Miami Heat as a possible destination. Why? Because Curry clearly wants a chance at winning the championship ring he so clearly hasn’t earned.
With that in mind, I am officially starting the rumor that I, too, am looking to sign with the Miami Heat since the only prerequisite to joining a championship-contending team appears to be eating oneself into a state of utter disrepair.
By: Eric Lorenz
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