NBA Notes and Quotes: Larry Brown, Tim Duncan, and more…
Agent Says Larry Brown Should Be Returning to the Knicks
Well, what would you expect him to say? It may have made for more entertaining news, but I doubt Joe Glass would remain an agent for long if he’d been honest and said “That dude’s gone.” Still, as this article notes, he was saying much the same thing right before he and the Pistons parted ways.
“As far as we’re concerned, he’s coach of the Knicks, and he’s going to remain the coach of the Knicks unless we’re told otherwise,” said Joe Glass, Brown’s longtime agent. “We have not spoken with anybody from the Knicks in a week.”
“I’m not going to comment on Larry’s feelings through all this, and there really isn’t anything else to say,” said Glass, who negotiated Brown’s $8 million buyout with the Pistons last July after Detroit owner Bill Davidson also came to the realization that he’d better off with a different coach. The divorce of the Pistons and Brown turned into a bitter breakup, and this one appears to be heading that way, too.
The Utah Jazz Are Losing Mad Money
It might not come as much of a surprise to many of you, but the Jazz haven’t exactly been the most profitable NBA franchise since the Stockton-Malone era ended. In fact, according to Larry Miller, the deficit has been in the eight-figure range over the past few years, although he doesn’t seem to be sweating it considering the dent it must be making in his pocket.
Miller authorized a quarter-billion dollars in long-term contracts to Jazz players during the summer of 2004, including $86 million to Andrei Kirilenko, $68 million to Carlos Boozer, and $50 million to Mehmet Okur. By doing so, Miller hoped eventually to return the team to championship contention – but he also nearly doubled his payroll within two seasons.
And it’s not a decision he regrets. “Being competitive on the floor is important to us, and we believe we are headed in the right direction,” Miller said. “You have to be smart about it, and I think we have been. This [loss], it’s an eight-digit number. . . But it’s something we were prepared for.”
Having twenty-five million dollars is one thing, but being rich enough that you can lose that sort of dough and still talk like a rational human being is something else entirely. I once misplaced twenty-five dollars, and I cursed as if I’d taken a shot of pepper spray to the eyes, so Larry Miller is either a calmer soul than I am, or he’s working with Bill Gates-type cheddar.
Also of interest in the article linked above are the profit and loss estimates for certain franchises.
The NBA is believed to be mostly profitable, though there are exceptions. The Memphis Grizzlies, for example, are believed to have lost more than $30 million last season.
Forbes magazine, in its annual franchise valuations last winter, figured that 10 NBA teams lost money in 2004-’05, led by Portland’s estimated $31.5 million bath. On the other hand, Phoenix ($44.4 million), the Los Angeles Lakers ($38.2 million) and Chicago ($34.7 million) all cleared $30 million in profits, the magazine calculated.
Tim Duncan is Fun to Watch; Ron Artest Is Hilarious
If you read only one thing today (other than my work, of course), make sure it’s this article on Tim Duncan. While it is centred on the reasons the author believes Timmy to be an exciting player to watch, the highlight of the feature comes courtesy of everyone’s favourite bipolar baller, Mr. Ron Artest.
“I remember one time Kevin Garnett was mushing him, and shoving him in the face; and Tim Duncan didn’t do anything, he didn’t react. He just kicked Kevin Garnett’s a–, and won the damn championship. You know what I’m sayin’? That’s gangsta. Everybody can show emotion, dunk on somebody, scream and be real cocky; but Tim Duncan is a … he’s a pimp.”
I promise to personally cover the costs if anyone should decide to have the phrase “Tim Duncan is a pimp” tattooed alongside a picture of Ron Artest.
Check out the clip below to see Tim and Brent Barry killing it in a recent commercial.