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    Re: Duck Soup..dis-n-dat

    Not quite sure why I'm having such a bad reaction to this. The tone of what George wrote implies that this is somehow the wrong thing to do, as if there is some period of mourning for incoming players. What's wrong with sellling merchandise with the names of your incoming players? Isn't that what the team is supposed to do?
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    Sipple truth is...

    Agreed. It's one of the reasons why the Pistons were one of only 5 clubs making in excess of 20%. Seems like a sound & aggressive marketing idea.

    Maybe Sipple doesn't know fans are fickle or that the city has four major league teams requiring support. It's a competitive market, especially in late summer when the Pistons, Lions and Wings are all looking to sign their winter fans to seat deals (I didn't even bring up the college f-ball). On the other hand, the Tigers have it easy, they really have just one summer competitor in the Shock.

    Maybe Sipple doesn't know the metro area has been bleeding jobs and residents for the last decade and never heard the early bird gets the worm. Maybe Sipple doesn't like Dumars. Or basketball. Or the Pistons in general.

    Maybe Sipple ought to be reporting on something less strenuous like the water depth at local marinas or cat hairball composition or changing wedding wear styles...
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    The Cuban 2-step..

    Insider Trading Case Against Mark Cuban Is Dismissed
    NY Times - AP

    "U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater ruled that the SEC could not hold Cuban liable for insider trading because the agency didn't allege the billionaire NBA team owner had agreed not to trade based on confidential information he received about an Internet search engine company, Mamma.com Inc.

    The judge wrote in his 35-page ruling that the SEC could file an amended complaint within 30 days if it can allege that Cuban agreed not to sell stock when he told the company's chief executive that he wouldn't divulge secret information he was about to receive in 2004.

    The SEC said Cuban avoided a loss of $750,000 by selling his 600,000 shares, which represented a 6.3 percent stake in the company.
    Fitzwater, however, rejected most of Cuban's claims over how his fiduciary relationship with Mamma.com should be applied to the law.

    Scott Friestad, associate director of the SEC's Division of Enforcement, said in a statement that the commission was reviewing the ruling and weighing its options."


    http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/07/17/business/AP-US-Mark-Cuban-Insider-Trading.html?_r=1
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    Summer League Fandom & Thabeet

    Fan turnout strong for Summer League
    Steve Carp - Las Vegas Review

    "Year Six concluded Sunday as the Summer League set an attendance record and further entrenched itself in Las Vegas' sports culture. Through nine days, the 2009 Summer League drew 39,304, an average of 4,367 per session (the final totals won't be available until today). The previous record, set in 2008, was 40,368, an average of 4,036 per session for the 10 days.

    "We're obviously pleased, especially given the economy," said Warren LeGarie, the league's founder and executive director. "We weren't sure what to expect. But the people of Las Vegas spoke with their wallets and their pocketbooks, and it's further evidence that they have taken ownership of this. They have embraced the Summer League as their own."

    Fan turnout strong for Summer League - Sports - ReviewJournal.com


    Thabeet dud of the week?
    Travis Heath - Hoopshype

    "DUDS: Hasheem Thabeet’s name has been laminated under “Dud” throughout the proceedings in Las Vegas and today did nothing to change that. Sure, he had 10 points and seven rebounds, but he missed four dunks – three of them wide open – and failed to block a single shot. Robin Lopez was no better, going 0-4 from the field and grabbing just four rebounds. At least he blocked two shots. Still a dud. Earl Clark continued to struggle, as well, with just eight points on 4-12 shooting today."

    HoopsHype - Articles - Thabeet dud of the week?
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    Chinese Take-out

    Yao to have surgery on foot, likely miss all of 2009-10 season
    CBS Sports


    "HOUSTON -- The Houston Rockets thought they had become championship contenders last summer when they acquired Ron Artest to join Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming, a pair of perennial All Stars.

    Less than a year later, the Rockets are rebuilding from scratch with no Artest and no idea when McGrady or Yao will play again.

    The final blow came Friday, when Yao announced he would have surgery next week on his broken left foot, a decision that will likely keep him out all of next season. The team said there is no timetable set for the return of the 7-foot-6 Yao, a seven-time All Star, but that he is "expected to be available for the team's training camp in 2010."

    The surgery involves a bone graft to promote bone regeneration, the team said. Doctors also hope to reduce the arch in the foot by realigning and restructuring the bones.

    McGrady, also a seven-time All Star, could be sidelined until February as he recovers from risky microfracture surgery on his left knee.

    Artest? He said at the end of last season that he wanted to stay in Houston -- but only if he felt the Rockets had a legitimate chance to win the NBA title. He's now getting ready to play with Kobe Bryant and the NBA champion Lakers after signing a multiyear deal a few days after the start of the free-agency negotiating period."

    Yao to have surgery on foot, likely miss all of 2009-10 season - NBA - CBSSports.com Basketball
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    Round Up..

    The Eight Biggest Stories of Summer League
    Kevin Arnovitz - TrueHoop

    "The Las Vegas Summer League is a lot like the Sundance Film Festival of the NBA. Whereas the pageantry of most NBA games has gotten out of control, Summer League games are small indie productions. The event certainly has its share of fanfare, but it also allows participants to brush shoulders with some notables they wouldn't ordinarily have access to during the grind of the NBA season. Just as festival-goers at Sundance might find themselves sitting next to an A-List movie star in a cozy bar, it's not unusual for Summer League attendees to sit down in the stands at Cox Pavilion, only to look over and see a high-profile general manager in cargo shorts and flip-flops.

    Since team executives, agents, player development personnel, and veterans who've come to watch their younger teammates are all convened in one place for 10 days, Summer League is one big, casual schmoozefest, and a great place to take inventory of the state of the NBA. "

    The Eight Biggest Stories of Summer League - TrueHoop By Henry Abbott - ESPN
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    I don't see Yao coming back. Just hope the 1.4 billion Chinese keep pumping their money into merchandise.
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    Shaq TV

    Shaq to star in TV sports reality series
    AP Sports

    "The NBA superstar will star in "Shaq Vs.," a TV series where the All-Star center will challenge top athletes in their respective sports. During one episode, which debuts on Aug. 8 on ABC, Shaq will swim against Olympic superstar Phelps.

    O'Neal, now with the Cleveland Cavaliers, also will try his football skills against Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, box retired world champion Oscar De La Hoya, trade tennis volleys with Wimbledon champ Serena Williams and play volleyball against Olympic gold medalists Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor."

    Shaq to star in TV sports reality series - Associated Press - NBA - Sporting News
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    Cuban Crisis #287654687654

    Suit accuses Mavericks owner of diverting profits
    AP Sports - Sporting News

    "The lawsuit claims Cuban covered the Mavericks' financial shortfalls by obtaining more than $29 million in unauthorized loans through a limited partnership designed to distribute profits from the arena, the American Airlines Center. It accuses the Mavericks and three other companies controlled by Cuban of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and unjust enrichment.

    The company that filed the suit, Hillwood Center Partners, is controlled by former Mavericks owner Ross Perot Jr. and holds a small interest in the arena's limited partnership, Radical Arena. A related Perot company sold the Mavericks to Cuban in 2000.

    The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in state district court in Dallas, and a copy was obtained Monday by The Associated Press.

    In an e-mail to media, Cuban said his attorneys have been open with Perot about the loans. He said the proceeds have been used "to put the best possible Mavericks team on the court," creating sellouts for the arena and driving customers to nearby businesses."

    Suit accuses Mavericks owner of diverting profits - Associated Press - NBA - Sporting News
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    Shocking turn of events..

    Monarchs, Shock have fallen from WNBA's elite
    Bill Paterson - Sacbee.com

    "Detroit is in a last-place tie with the New York Liberty in the Eastern Conference. The 3-12 Monarchs are deep in last place in the Western Conference after losing 69-56 to the Seattle Storm on Friday.

    Former Detroit Pistons bad boy Bill Laimbeer shocked the Shock by stepping down as coach and general manager June 15 after a 1-2 start, saying he wanted to pursue an NBA coaching job.

    He was replaced as coach by assistant Rick Mahorn, a teammate of Laimbeer's with the glory-day Pistons. The Shock lost five of its next six games before winning 79-77 at Connecticut on July 11 and 66-63 in Seattle on Wednesday."

    Monarchs, Shock have fallen from WNBA's elite - Sacramento Sports - Kings, 49ers, Raiders, High School Sports | Sacramento Bee
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    Zeke's BIG catch..

    Brooklyn's Lytch ready to play for basketball legend - Marc Raimondi - Five Boro Sports

    "Lytch, a well-built 6-feet-7, scored from the inside and the outside, showing off explosive athleticism and an excellent handle for a big man. He led the Diamond All-Stars to an 80-77 win against Bad Boys – Diddy’s team – in a hard-fought, back-and-forth affair.

    “I just hope he was noticing me out there doing his team bad,” Lytch said with a laugh.

    The 21-year-old Brooklyn native has bounced around in his basketball career. Lytch attended Robeson, Bronx Regional and Bushwick during his high-school years – a period he called “troublesome.” He eventually played and graduated from Laurinburg (N.C.) Institute and spent a year each at Redlands (Okla.) Community and Midland (Texas) Community College. He led Midland to the NJCAA Division I championship game this past season, averaging 17.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.

    If you’re counting, that’s six schools in as many years. But Lytch says he has finally settled on a home. In the spring, he signed a letter of intent with Florida International University and new coach Isiah Thomas, the legendary Detroit Pistons player and former New York Knicks coach and executive.

    “Just to hear him call me, just to hear his voice,” Lytch said of the former NBA superstar. “It was great.”

    Lytch said he had a small army of college coaches vying for his services. Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and USC were just a few of his suitors, which included most of the Big East, much of the Big 12 and several Pac-10 and Atlantic-10 schools."


    Five Boro Sports - News
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    Antonio Burks

    Former Grizzlies point guard critically wounded
    Associated Press - Sporting News

    "MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Former Memphis Grizzlies and University of Memphis point guard Antonio Burks remains in critical condition a day after being shot during a robbery.

    A spokeswoman for Regional Medical Center in Memphis said Tuesday morning there was no change in the medical condition of Burks, who underwent surgery Monday night after he was shot in the lower torso.
    Police said the 29-year-old was returned to the operating room about 10 p.m. Monday because of internal bleeding.

    A police news release said Burks and four other men were in the backyard of a Memphis house when they were robbed by three men. They shot Burks and a 44-year-old man, whose identity was not released. Police said the second victim also was in critical condition."

    Former Grizzlies point guard critically wounded - Associated Press - NBA - Sporting News
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    Peking Duck - "It's been over cooked"

    China media blames Yao injuries on long season
    AFP

    "A commentary in the Communist Party-run People's Daily dismissed the widely-held view in the United States that Yao's repeated injuries stemmed from training with China's national team during the NBA off-season.

    "It can only be said that the NBA game has worn Yao Ming out," the paper fired back.

    "The physical beating taken by every player due to the long season, the high level of match play and the endless travel cannot be overlooked.

    "The NBA should consider changing its match scheduling from the standpoint of safeguarding players."

    "With the world's most advanced sports medicine and treatment the NBA has been unable to resolve the continued problems with Yao Ming's health," the commentary said.

    "So this problem might actually not be decided by his body or the conditions of his medical treatment, but is a basic issue related to the games themselves."

    Yao recently bought his former Chinese team, the financially embattled Shanghai Sharks. But he said this week that was not a sign that he was considering retirement."

    AFP: China media blames Yao injuries on long season
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    Finally - Nash pay equals Ben Gordons pay, whew!

    Steve Nash and Phoenix Suns Agree to Contract Extension
    Bleacher Report - Shady Botross

    "Steve Nash has agreed to a two year, $22 million extension. Nash had been offered an extension two weeks ago by owner Robert Sarver. The signing is expected to be announced through Nash's twitter page.

    This shoots down all rumors of Nash reuniting with Mike D’Antoni in New York, as Nash was set be part of the infamous 2010 free agent class, where D’Antoni would make a push to lure Nash.

    The Suns had also flirted with trading Nash to a team like the Knicks, but were never serious. Instead, Nash chose the security of the extension keeping him with the team that drafted him out of Santa Clara."

    Steve Nash and Phoenix Suns Agree to Contract Extension | Bleacher Report
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    Boozer just babbling like the village idiot? - No mutual agreement with Jazz

    Utah Jazz: Could Boozer stay in a Jazz uniform
    John Coon - Deseret News

    "A ticket out of town may not be as certain as Carlos Boozer has portrayed it to be in recent days.

    Utah Jazz GM Kevin O' Connor refuted a statement by Boozer that he and the Jazz had mutually agreed to a trade during an interview with 1320 KFAN on Tuesday afternoon. O'Connor dismissed Boozer's recent assertions that a trade from Utah was imminent, saying that the power forward is committed to a contract and must fulfill it.

    "We have not told Carlos that we will trade him," said Jazz player personnel director Kevin O'Connor in a Twitter post by David Locke of KFAN. "We have not mutually agreed to trade him. We are here to win games."

    Deseret News | Utah Jazz: Could Boozer stay in a Jazz uniform?
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    A Bosh Bash in Texas?

    Bosh not giving clues about 2010 - GEORGE RIBA / WFAA-TV

    "I think it's going to be an exciting time for the NBA and fans."

    "It will also be an exciting time for Bosh because his payday is expected to be huge. Bosh calls it a situation that will continue to generate more and more interest between now and next summer.

    He laughs when asked if he will follow Shawn Marion, a former teammate, to Dallas. "I have no idea," says Bosh.

    His fans in Dallas would like to see him play in Dallas and he knows it. "Oh believe me, they tell me that. I hear that every day, from friends, family, strangers, everybody."

    Bosh has already said that re-signing with the Raptors next season is not his intention. Privately, the team is saying they'll have to trade him or risk losing him to free agency next year. Spending his off seasons in Dallas keeps him in tune with basketball fans in North Texas. In high school, he lead his Lincoln High School team to a 40-0 record and a Texas State Championship "

    Bosh not giving clues about 2010 | News 8 | WFAA.com
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    Re: Peking Duck - "It's been over cooked"

    Regarding Yao, my wife told me that Chinese people are a pretty fine-boned people. It makes sense considering how a lot of Chinese people that I've met are built. In my opinion, at his size he is just to large for his bone structure. I've seen 7-footers be often injured before, but never with so many broken bone problems like Yao has. I think NBA teams might probably think twice the next time they draft a Chinese big man.

    ESPN.com list Yi Jianlian at 7 foot. Will Yi begin to develop problems like this later in his career? Will he ever realize his potential enough for anyone to care?
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    Boozers Wild Ride to Nowhere

    Jazz won't be bullied into trading Boozer
    David Aldridge - TNT Analyst - NBA.Com

    The Jazz will have no problem bringing Boozer back for all of 2009-10, if need be. The reasons are simple, which you would expect from an organization that does things simply:

    1) There's no player that Jerry Sloan can't handle--with words, preferably, but behind the stands, too, if necessary. If Boozer is back, Sloan will coach him. Period;

    2) Boozer is in a contract year. After missing 45 games last season with injuries, he is the one that has to prove to the rest of the league that he will return to his All-Star form if he's expecting a big payday next summer. The pressure isn't on Utah to trade him; it's on Boozer to show he's still got that lethal low-post game;

    3) The Kobe Parallel. Bryant was as disgruntled with the Lakers as Boozer is with the Jazz just 26 months ago, demanding to be traded. Then, as now, there was breathless internet and other speculation that a trade was imminent; in this case, Bryant was supposedly seconds away from being traded to the Bulls--for Luol Deng, Ben Gordon, Kirk Hinrich, you name the Bull, he was going to Los Angeles. That this was Bryant's preferred destination, not the Lakers' preferred choice, was always deep in the agate type.

    We know what happened: Andrew Bynum developed enough at center to quell Kobe's fears, the Lakers hijacked Pau Gasol, Derek Fisher came home, and two Finals appearances later, Kobe is now poised to be a Laker for Life. Moral: People can calm down. That doesn't mean Boozer will spend the rest of his career in Utah, but it does mean that circumstances change with time. If the economy doesn't pick up steam, and the gloomy forecasts the league has put out for 2010 are correct, Boozer may have a much smaller playing field from which to choose;

    4) One more time: The Miller family, which owns the Jazz, is committed to paying luxury tax this year. It's going to be a huge check if they keep Boozer, more than $12 million on top of the team's payroll of $82 million. But they will write the check. If paying the tax is a family fortune-destroyer, the Millers wouldn't have agreed to give Mehmet Okur a $21 million extension that kicks in after next season.

    Extending Okur makes another trip over the cap all but a certainty; Utah is already committed to Andrei Kirilenko ($17.8 million), Deron Williams ($15.2 million), Okur ($10.5 million), Milsap ($6.4 million), guard C.J. Miles ($3.7 million) and rookie guard Eric Maynor ($1.18 million) for 2010-11, leaving it at $54.7 million in salaries for just six players. The Jazz will surely try to re-sign rising free agents Kyle Korver and Ronnie Brewer next summer as well, which will almost certainly put Utah over the salary cap with another four or five players to add. Matching Milsap's offer sheet and extending Okur are not the actions of a cash-strapped franchise.

    Just remember, no matter how much you hear otherwise: Boozer can't force a trade, to Miami or anywhere else. His leverage will come during the regular season, when he can play great every night and drive up his asking price next summer. Right now, Utah has all the cards that matter"

    NBA.com: Jazz won't be bullied into trading Boozer
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    Dueling Dooling

    Dooling will negotiate new player contract
    Nets Daily

    "Keyon Dooling has been named an executive vice president of the NBA Players Association. The appointment puts him on the negotiating committee for the league’s next collective bargaining agreement. The current agreement expires in the 2011 offseason, but the league and players want to get a head start on key issues this summer. Dooling has been a team rep in the past."
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    Stating the Obvious

    The contenders have emerged after offseason moves
    Sporting News - Sean Deveney

    "By no means has the NBA's offseason ended. We still need to know what will become of some key free agents, and some teams still have big decisions left to make. But, with just a little more than a week remaining in July, the league is easing into its recess period. Some of the elite teams have made big moves, and at this point, it's becoming clear which ones will have a chance at a championship next year and which are still on the outside."

    The contenders have emerged after offseason moves - Sean Deveney - NBA - Sporting News

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