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Nunn s 22 points lead Heat past Thunder, 115-108

Nunn s 22 points lead Heat past Thunder, 115-108.....»»

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Lowly Hawks land guards Teague, Graham from Timberwolves

  WASHINGTON, USA – Struggling to escape the NBA's Eastern Conference basement, the Atlanta Hawks obtained guards Treveon Graham and Jeff Teague from the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday, January 16 in exchange for swingman Allen Crabbe. The Hawks have stumbled to a 9-32 start at mid-season, last in the East by two ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 17th, 2020Related News

Tumbok, Karera Tips, January 16, 2020 (@ SAN LAZARO)

Race 1 PATOK – (10) Lucky Saver; TUMBOK – (2) Case Bell; LONGSHOT – (7) Thunder Maxx / Single Flower Race 2 PATOK – (5) Beyond D’ Sea; TUMBOK – (3) Here I Am; LONGSHOT – (8) Baling Rikit Race 3 PATOK – (1) Miss Marshall / Trust Worthy; TUMBOK – (6) Rockaway; LONGSHOT – […] The post Tumbok, Karera Tips, January 16, 2020 (@ SAN LAZARO) appeared first on Bandera......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsJan 15th, 2020Related News

Lakers extend streak to 9; Thunder win

Los Angeles— LeBron James scored 23 of his 31 points in the second half as the Los Angeles Lakers broke open a close game to register a ninth straight NBA victory, 128-99 over the Cleveland Cavaliers......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsJan 14th, 2020Related News

Gilgeous-Alexander s first triple-double leads Thunder

By Joe Ziemer, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 20 points, a career-high 20 rebounds and 10 assists in his first triple-double, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 117-104 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). Gilgeous-Alexander came in averaging 23.7 points in his previous 13 games but did much more than score in this one, also matching his career best in assists. Danilo Gallinari scored 30 points for the Thunder, who have won 12 of their past 15 games and six of seven on the road. He was 11 for 12 from the free throw line. Naz Reid scored 20 off the bench for Minnesota, which was still without Karl-Anthony Towns. Reid has scored in double figures in six of the last eight games. Robert Covington scored 18 points. The Thunder held a 63-60 lead at halftime. They went on an 11-2 run early in the third quarter and then a 10-3 burst midway through the third to push their lead into double figures. Oklahoma City led by as many as 18. Steven Adams had 13 points, 11 rebounds and five assists for the Thunder. TIP-INS Thunder: Forward/center Nerlens Noel missed his fifth consecutive game because of a left ankle sprain. Guard/forward Andre Roberson (left knee injury recovery) has yet to play this season. ... Mike Muscala, who attended nearby Roseville High School, scored 11 points off the bench. ... Chris Paul was held without a point or assist in 15 first-half minutes and finished with 10 points and three assists. It was the first time in his career he did not record a point or assist in a half in which he played 10 or more minutes. Timberwolves: Towns has missed 14 games with a left knee sprain. He also was battling an illness Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). ... Forward Jake Layman missed his 25th straight game with a left toe sprain. ... Andrew Wiggins scored 10 points in the first half but was held scoreless in the second half. ... Minnesota had a three-game home win streak snapped. UP NEXT Thunder: Host Toronto on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). Oklahoma City won the first meeting between the teams 98-97 in OT on Dec. 29 (Dec. 30, PHL time). Timberwolves: Host Indiana on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) in the first meeting of the teams this season......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 14th, 2020Related News

Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano in Philippines, 286 flights cancelled

Manila [Philippines], Jan 13 (ANI): A 'weak' lava fountain accompanied by thunder and flashes of lightning erupted from the active Taal Volcano here on Monday. This signifies that lava has reached the.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsJan 13th, 2020Related News

DeRozan scores 25, Spurs rally from 18 down, beat Raptors

By Ian Harrison, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points, Rudy Gay had 15 and the San Antonio Spurs rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat the Toronto Raptors 105-104 on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). San Antonio used a big fourth quarter to win for the third time in four games. Derrick White scored 13 points for the Spurs, and LaMarcus Aldridge had 11. DeRozan also collected eight rebounds and four assists while topping 20 points for the 11th straight game. San Antonio trailed 82-69 to begin the fourth but opened the quarter with a 19-5 run, taking an 88-87 lead on Aldridge’s layup with 6:34 to play. The Spurs led 100-91 with 2:37 left, but Kyle Lowry, Norman Powell and Serge Ibaka each made 3-pointers as Toronto tied it 100-100 on Ibaka’s shot from distance with 1:17 left. Siakam broke the tie by making the second of two free throws with 41 seconds left, but Marco Belinelli replied with a 3 for the Spurs, making it 103-101 with 28 seconds remaining. After a Toronto timeout, Siakam missed a shot that would have tied the game. San Antonio’s Lonnie Walker IV grabbed the rebound, Lowry fouled DeRozan, and the former Raptors star pushed the lead to four points by making a pair from the line. Lowry replied with a deep 3, cutting the deficit to one, and Aldridge missed a pair of free throws with four seconds left, but Siakam’s long 3-pointer bounced off the backboard at the buzzer. DeRozan missed his first three free throws but made 11 straight the rest of the way. He didn’t score until 1:25 remained in the first half and attempted just three shots in the first two quarters, but made six of nine attempts in the second half. Ibaka had 21 points and a season-high 15 rebounds, and Lowry had 16 points and a season-high 15 assists for the Raptors. Ibaka’s double-double was his career-best eighth straight. He’s the third Toronto player to achieve the feat. Chris Bosh did it five times and Donyell Marshall did it once. San Antonio’s comeback spoiled the returns of Siakam and Powell, each of whom had missed 11 games since a Dec. 18 (Dec. 19, PHL time) win at Detroit. Powell scored 20 points and Siakam had 15, including 12 in the first quarter. FAMILY FIRST While battling San Antonio’s Bryn Forbes for a loose ball in the third, Lowry landed heavily on Toronto’s baseline, just in front of where his family was seated. Lowry got up and gave his son a kiss on the cheek, then returned to the court. TIP-INS Spurs: Playing in Toronto as a visitor for only the second time, DeRozan received loud applause when he was introduced before the game. Fans rose for a standing ovation when DeRozan was honored with a tribute video during a first-quarter timeout, part of Toronto’s 25th anniversary celebration. Raptors: Toronto is still without center Marc Gasol, who has also been out since Dec. 18 (Dec. 19, PHL time), and guard Fred VanVleet, who sat for the third straight because of a strained right hamstring. UP NEXT Spurs: Visit the Miami Heat on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Raptors: Visit the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 13th, 2020Related News

Harden hits milestone as Rockets beat & lsquo;Wolves

Los Angeles, United States—James Harden paced the Houston attack with a deft shooting touch, finishing with 32 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists Saturday (Sunday Philippine time) as the Rockets routed the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves 139-109......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsJan 12th, 2020Related News

Harden hits milestone as Rockets stroll past T’Wolves

James Harden paced the Houston attack with a deft shooting touch, finishing with 32 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists Saturday as the Rockets routed the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves 139-109. Harden also nailed a stepback three-pointer with 6:30 left in the second quarter to record his 20,000th career point, becoming the 45th player in NBA […] The post Harden hits milestone as Rockets stroll past T’Wolves appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsJan 12th, 2020Related News

Lakers LeBron James, Anthony Davis out vs Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — LeBron James and Anthony Davis missed the Lakers’ game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). Lakers coach Frank Vogel said James has a chest cold. Officially, the team said he has flu-like symptoms. James is averaging 25.4 points, a league-leading 10.7 assists and 8.7 rebounds and has helped the Lakers to the best record in the Western Conference. He played on Friday night and had 35 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists in a win over the Dallas Mavericks. Vogel said the performance was especially impressive because James struggled with breathing throughout. Davis, who leads the Lakers with 27.1 points per game, missed his second straight game with a gluteus maximus contusion. Danny Green also sat out with a sore right hip. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Rajon Rondo moved into the starting lineup and Kyle Kuzma got his third start of the season. The short-handed Lakers faced a Thunder team that has won 11 of 13 games and rolled past the Houston Rockets on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 12th, 2020Related News

Paul powers OKC Thunder past Rockets

Los Angeles, United States—Danilo Gallinari scored a team high 23 points and Chris Paul delivered 18 as the Oklahoma City Thunder spoiled the return of Russell Westbook with a 113-92 rout of the Houston Rockets on Thursday (Friday Philippine time)......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsJan 10th, 2020Related News

Chris Paul, Thunder spoil Westbrook s return

    LOS ANGELES, USA – Danilo Gallinari scored a team high 23 points and Chris Paul delivered 18 as the Oklahoma City Thunder spoiled the return of Russell Westbook with a 113-92 rout of the Houston Rockets on Thursday, January 9 (Friday, January 10, Philippine time). Paul also dazzled with 5 assists ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 10th, 2020Related News

Zero regrets : Russell Westbrook sends message in return to OKC

In the Houston Rockets' road game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Westbrook made his statement through his wardrobe choice......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsJan 10th, 2020Related News

Enes Kanter seeks to open school in Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former Oklahoma City Thunder player Enes Kanter plans to open a charter school in the metro area that focuses on serving low-income minority students and those from immigrant families with limited English-speaking abilities. Kanter, who currently plays for the Boston Celtics, notified Oklahoma City Public Schools of his intention to open the Enes Kanter School for Exceptional Learning, according to a letter first obtained by The Frontier. He and a group of “civic-minded individuals” from the city will submit a charter school application to the school district on Tuesday, The Oklahoman reported. The Oklahoma City School Board will then consider the application in a vote. Kanter and his associates have not selected a location for the school, but noted that they want to pick a site where “the need is high,” according to the letter. The school would be designed mostly for under-served minority and immigrant students from fourth through 12th grade. Kanter played for the Thunder from 2014 to 2017 before he was traded to the New York Knicks. “Despite playing for other teams, I continue to return to Oklahoma City to host my annual basketball summer camps and to support programs that serve the OKC children,” Kanter wrote. “Through my foundation, my philanthropic activities extend to all of the cities where I have played for: Utah, Portland, New York, and Boston.” The school would offer a syllabus that highlights reading, writing, math and science skills with an emphasis on physical, emotional and mental health education. It would embed “rich sports and arts activities in students’ daily schedule.” Kanter would not be the first NBA player to open a school. Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James gained recognition for opening the I Promise School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. James’ school opened in 2018 as an elementary school to serve at-risk children. He has also faced challenges beyond the court. As a native of Turkey, Kanter missed a game last year in Toronto shortly after joining the Portland Trailblazers because he felt like his life might be in danger if he left the United States. As a result of his criticism of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Kanter had been labeled a terrorist by his native country. His passport was revoked and Turkey reportedly issued a warrant for his arrest with Interpol......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 10th, 2020Related News

ONE Championship: Team Lakay s Lito Adiwang gets wish of competing in the Philippines

When Lito "Thunder Kid" Adiwang walks into the Mall Of Asia Arena for the first time as a competitor, expect him to be a little bit emotional.  Adiwang competes in the Philippines for the first time in six years when he battles Pongsiri "The Smiling Assassin" Mitsatit at ONE: FIRE & FURY on 31 January at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines. For the 26-year-old, his appearance on the show’s prime card is a culmination of all the work he has put into this sport, a sport which has taken him to Malaysia and Thailand before finding a home in Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series, and later, the ONE Championship main stage.  “I want to show my family that I’ve made it, I’m here. I’ll show them the things that I’ve worked on for a long time,” Adiwang said.  “It’s also great to perform in front of my countrymen because it’s been a long time since I made my presence felt in the Philippine fight scene. I want to make a re-introduction to my country.” Adiwang's journey has been nothing of short of remarkable. He won three-consecutive bouts in OWS to earn the lucrative six-figure contract to the main roster.  In his promotional debut, "Thunder Kid" sent shockwaves through the strawweight division when he defeated Senzo Ikeda by way of first-round technical knockout at ONE: CENTURY PART I last October. He vows to bring the same level of excitement on 31 January. “I plan to trade strikes with him first. I’ll test my striking skills with him, but it still depends. If there are chances to counter [in other aspects], I’ll do it. I’ll mix it up,” Adiwang said.  “If it becomes a battle of counters, the match might be boring. I want to stand toe to toe with him and that’s why I prepared hard for that. If he becomes a counter-striker, I will then mix it up.” With Mitsatit coming off consecutive losses, both of which came in Manila, the Baguio City native expects the visiting Thai to be highly motivated. “I saw that he’s coming off losses, so I expect him to come in hungry, focused, and motivated to win,” Adiwang said.  “If I am Pongsiri, I am thinking that I should win at all costs. I expect that mentality from him, and I’ll prepare for that.” Eager not to disappoint in front of his family and compatriots, Adiwang promises to go for the jugular if given the chance.  “I will try to go for the finish. It will depend on where the match will be fought but I have to finish it. Either by submission or KO.” But before “Thunder Kid” strikes, ONE Championship kicks off the year this Friday, 10 January, for ONE: A NEW TOMORROW at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 8th, 2020Related News

ONE Championship: Joshua Pacio believes teammate Lito Adiwang destined for title run

Reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua "The Passion" Pacio gave hope to those who itch to see him trade leather with his red-hot teammate Lito "Thunder Kid" Adiwang. Pacio and Adiwang both train under the watchful eye of Mark Sangiao's Team Lakay in Baguio City. They also compete in the talent-rich strawweight division of ONE Championship, which leads fans to speculate about a fantasy match-up between the two Filipinos. And if fans are truly dying to see them go at it, Pacio says there is actually one way to see them in action – travel to the mountains of Baguio City and watch them go at it in training.  “Lito?” Pacio laughed. “Yeah, we’ll fight…in the gym.” Adiwang's rise to prominence started in Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series, where he had an impressive 3-0 run en route to winning a lucrative six-figure contract in the main roster of The Home Of Martial Arts.  His debut was nothing short of electrifying. He won via first-round technical knockout over Japanese veteran Senzo Ikeda at ONE: CENTURY PART I in October. “The Passion” sees his explosive 26-year-old teammate as World Championship material, and it leaves him wondering how he can help "Thunder Kid" realize his dream. “If only we can trade reigns with the World Title. This year I’ll take it, and next year it will be his. We look at each other as brothers, he’s very supportive of me and he has my support as well,” Pacio said.  “It’s me, Danny (Kingad), and him (Adiwang) sparring and rolling in the gym. Lito is very explosive and he’s very strong.” Though that dream match may not take place any time soon, Pacio is confident that one day “Thunder Kid” will realize his dream.  “I cannot defend that belt forever, and that’s why I believe his time will come.” In the meantime, ONE Championship returns to martial arts action on 10 January for ONE: A NEW TOMORROW at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 6th, 2020Related News

Grizzlies take advantage of George s absence to top Clippers

By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jae Crowder scored 27 points and the Memphis Grizzlies took advantage of Los Angeles star Paul George's absence to rout the Clippers 140-114 on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). Jaren Jackson Jr. added 24 points, and Ja Morant and Dillon Brooks had 22 points each to help Memphis improve to 7-10 on the road with its highest scoring game of the season. Montrezl Harrell led the Clippers with 28 points, and Kawhi Leonard and Lou Williams added 24 points each. The team appeared out of sorts from the start without George. He sat out with left hamstring tightness and Los Angeles clearly missed his defense. The usually stoic Leonard complained to the referees, who hit him with a technical after the halftime buzzer. Coach Doc Rivers stayed on court discussing it and was unhappy about other calls in the game. The Grizzlies raced to an 18-point lead to open the game, highlighted by a 16-2 run that included four 3-pointers. By the time Williams made the Clippers' first 3-pointer late in the second, cutting their deficit to seven, the Grizzlies had already connected on 10 3s. Los Angeles never got closer. BUCKS 127, SPURS 118 MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 19 of his 32 points in the third quarter to help NBA-leading Milwaukee beat San Antonio. The Bucks improved to 32-5 with their fifth straight victory since a Christmas Day loss in Philadelphia. Eric Bledsoe added 21 points. Khris Middleton scored 20 points for the Bucks and backup center Robin Lopez had 14 points in 19 minutes. DeMar DeRozan led the Spurs with 26 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 16 — all the first half. RAPTORS 121, NETS 102 NEW YORK (AP) — Fred VanVleet had 29 points and 11 assists, Kyle Lowry scored 26 points and Toronto bounced back from its worst offensive performance of the season to beat slumping Brooklyn. Serge Ibaka finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Raptors. They were held to season lows for points and shooting in their 84-76 loss in Miami, when they hit just 31.5% overall and went 6 for 42 from 3-point range (14.3%.). Toronto made 13 3s and beat Brooklyn for the 17th time in 18 meetings. Spencer Dinwiddie scored 23 points for the Nets. They have lost five straight games. CELTICS 111, BULLS 104 CHICAGO (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 28 points, Gordon Hayward added 24 and Boston beat Chicago. The Celtics hung on for their eighth win in nine games after a 16-point lead dwindled to three in the fourth quarter. Tatum hit a 3-pointer with just over a minute left to bump the lead to seven, and the Atlantic Division leaders came out on top after rallying from 18 down to beat Atlanta on Friday night. Zach LaVine scored 35 points for Chicago. HORNETS 123, MAVERICKS 120, OT DALLAS (AP) — Terry Rozier scored 29 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime after his tying basket in regulation, and Charlotte outlasted Dallas. Luka Doncic set a Dallas season record with his NBA-leading 10th triple-double, finishing with 39 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Devonte Graham had 27 points and 13 assists to help the Hornets win their second straight after a season-worst six-game losing streak. WIZARDS 129, NUGGETS 114 WASHINGTON (AP) — Ish Smith scored a career-high 32 points and Troy Brown added 25 and a career-high 14 rebounds in Washington’s victory over Denver. After Denver took a 101-99 lead with 9:33 left on Mason Plumlee's dunk, the Wizards scored the next 11 with the run eventually reaching 19-2 for a 118-103 lead with 4:48 remaining. Smith scored 11 points in that stretch, capping the surge with a 3-pointer. Jamal Murray scored all 39 of his points after the first quarter for Denver. The Nuggets have lost two of three on their five-game trip. JAZZ 109, MAGIC 96 ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 32 points and Georges Niang added 15 off the bench to help Utah beat Orlando for its fifth straight victory. Bojan Bogdanovic had 14 points, Emmanuel Mudiay scored 12 points and Joe Ingles had 11. Terrence Ross led Orlando with 24 points. Nikola Vucevic had 22 points and 11 rebounds. THUNDER 121, CAVALIERS 106 CLEVELAND (AP) — Dennis Schroder scored 22 points, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 20 and Oklahoma City beat Cleveland to run its winning streak to five. Danilo Gallinari added 19 points, hitting five 3-pointers, and Steven Adams grabbed 16 rebounds. Collin Sexton scored 30 points for Cleveland. PISTONS 111, WARRIORS 104 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Andre Drummond had 14 points and 18 rebounds before fouling out late, Derrick Rose scored 22 points off the bench and Detroit beat Golden State to snap a three-game losing streak. Reserve guard Alec Burks contributed 27 points, seven rebounds and five assists in Golden State's fourth straight defeat following a four-game winning streak. Draymond Green was ejected with 4:57 left in the third. HAWKS 116, PACERS 111 ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young scored 30 of his 41 points in the first half, Kevin Huerter added a season-high 26 points and Atlanta beat Indiana after blowing a 22-point lead. Domantas Sabonis had 25 points and 11 rebounds for Indiana. Justin Holiday added 18 points. PELICANS 117, KINGS 115 SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — JJ Redick’s driving layup with 1.1 seconds remaining lifted New Orleans over Sacramento. Lonzo Ball had 24 points with 10 assists and Redick scored 18 as the Pelicans won for the fifth time in six games. Nemanja Bjelica converted a four-point play for Sacramento with 4.2 seconds left to tie it at 115. Harrison Barnes scored 30 points to lead the Kings, and Buddy Hield added 24......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 5th, 2020Related News

Expect big things from Lakay& rsquo;s newest sensation

If Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang’s 2019 is any indication of the year that he is about to have, then expect big things from the newest sensation from Team Lakay. .....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsJan 3rd, 2020Related News

Rookie sizzles in Nuggets’ win

RESULTS Hornets 109, Cavaliers 106 Nuggets 124, Pacers 116 Heat 84, Raptors 76 Jazz 102, Bulls 98 Timberwolves 99, Warriors 84 Mavericks 123, Nets 111 Thunder 109, Spurs 103 Kings 128, Grizzlies 123 Clippers 126, Pistons 112 LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Rookie Michael Porter Jr. scored a career-high 25 points to lead the Denver Nuggets […].....»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsJan 3rd, 2020Related News

Stern was a big-city guy and a friend to the small markets

By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — David Stern had been NBA commissioner for barely a year when the Knicks won the 1985 draft lottery, sending Patrick Ewing on the way to New York. Skeptics cried conspiracy, that the league rigged the result to bail out the faltering franchise in its largest market. Stern would shrug it off, knowing he wouldn’t do anything illegal to help the Knicks, or any of the big boys. He did far more for the little guys. Cities like Sacramento and New Orleans needed Stern more, and his efforts helped them retain teams that might otherwise have been playing elsewhere. In New Orleans’ case, that even included running the organization at the same time as running a league. “I used to think that he just showed up on draft day and shook hands, but then I got to work with him when I was in New Orleans when the NBA took over the Pelicans. I was amazed how much he did,” said Phoenix coach Monty Williams, who was coaching the team when the league stepped in to run it until new ownership could be found. Tributes flowed for hours Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) after Stern died at 77, from grateful players and teams who benefited from his 30 years of leadership. Most focused on his vision that led to the NBA’s massive worldwide growth, but some had more personal stories to tell about closer to home. Like the Kings, who at times appeared ticketed for Seattle, Southern California, Las Vegas or some other city before Stern rejected the team’s plans to bolt and gave Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson the chance to put together plans for local ownership and a new arena that kept the team in California’s capital city. A street is named in Stern’s honor there. “David will always be remembered as Superman in Sacramento,” owner Vivek Ranadivé said, adding that Stern’s “fierce support of the team and this community is the reason why the Kings stayed in Sacramento. David’s enthusiasm for our city and belief in our fans will never be forgotten.” The Kings played a tribute video Thursday (Friday, PHL time) acknowledging Stern’s role in their revival before their home game against the Memphis Grizzlies, another team in a minor market that’s struggled at times to fill its building after the team relocated there from Vancouver. “David will always be remembered as Superman in Sacramento." In Memoriam - David J. Stern ???? pic.twitter.com/g8cdh2sr14 — Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) January 1, 2020 Business may have boomed better in other places, but one move for the franchise was hard enough. Stern had no interest in another. “Commissioner Stern’s support of Memphis as an NBA market and the resulting arrival of the Grizzlies franchise in 2001 forever changed the trajectory of our city,” the Grizzlies said. “His continued support in standing alongside the Grizzlies organization in its creation of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Game in Memphis reflected his commitment to using the power of sport to transform lives.” The NBA loves its big stars and benefits from them being in the biggest markets, from Magic Johnson to Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, and now LeBron James being in Los Angeles, or Michael Jordan playing in Chicago. But Stern and the league admired the parity of the NFL, where small-market squads such as Green Bay, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Indianapolis have thrived. A better chance of achieving that was a driving force that led to the 2011 lockout, with the league hoping a more favorable salary structure and improved sharing of revenues would give any well-managed team a chance to compete, no matter its location. Teams such as Oklahoma City, Portland and Utah have since been relatively consistent winners, and Milwaukee currently sports the NBA’s best record. Occasionally, it took a larger effort from the league, especially in New Orleans. The NBA has never proven over the long term it will flourish in the city after moving from Charlotte, with Chris Paul and Anthony Davis both eventually seeking to be traded. But even though the Hornets were well-supported in Oklahoma City after playing home games there following Hurricane Katrina, Stern felt it was important to return the team to New Orleans when it was ready to host games again, then sent the 2008 All-Star Game soon after. Later, he had the league take ownership of the franchise from George Shinn until it could find an owner who would keep the team in the city. That situation became uncomfortable when Stern had to make the heavily criticized decision to kill a trade that would’ve sent Paul to the Lakers, but the Pelicans are still there nearly two decades after arriving. “Mr. Stern was a catalyst in professional basketball returning to New Orleans in 2002,” the team said. “His commitment to the New Orleans community and the Gulf South region was further shown when he guided the franchise through an ownership transition to Tom Benson in 2012.” Stern couldn’t win all the fights, failing to convince local leadership to approve arena funding that could have kept the SuperSonics in Seattle, a city whose fans were strong supporters. They moved to Oklahoma City, where the Thunder have been a small-market success. Just the kind Stern liked. ___ AP Sports Writer Beth Harris in Los Angeles contributed to this report......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 3rd, 2020Related News