#basketball

Ira Boudway on Steve Ballmer’s attempt to by the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion:

Ballmer, as the numbers show, is offering more than any previous NBA buyer—and more than any buyer would pay for an asset with this caliber of financial performance. Over the last five years, according to Bank of America, NBA teams have sold for an average of 3.4 times their annual revenue. Ballmer’s bid comes in at 12.1 times an estimated annual revenue of $164.9 million for the year ended in June. In other words: Donald Sterling’s hypothetical $5 billion buyer doesn’t exist, and there’s probably nobody other than Ballmer willing to go as high as $2 billion.

Poor Steve Ballmer. Not literally, of course. But he just can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to his pursuit of an NBA team.

LeBron James:

Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up. I sometimes feel like I’m their son. Their passion can be overwhelming. But it drives me. I want to give them hope when I can. I want to inspire them when I can. My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.

As someone from Cleveland, I find this to be a pretty perfect letter. As bad as LeBron’s “Decision” was four years ago, that’s as good as this is.

The bad news is that we’ll no longer have a view of the Bay Bridge from the proposed arena. The good news, from John Coté:

The Warriors will own the site outright, rather than leasing it from the Port of San Francisco, and the team says the arena will be entirely privately financed - a rare instance of a modern sports venue that would use no taxpayer funds or public land.

In other words, this is definitely going to happen now. The Warriors are coming to San Francisco.

David Berri has some great points as to why the Brooklyn Nets suck. But what’s really crazy is that not only do they suck, they’re the most expensive suck ever:

All these All-Stars, though, came at a cost. Back in 2009-10, the New Jersey Nets spent less on payroll than all but four of the NBA’s 30 teams. This year, the Brooklyn Nets—with a payroll beyond $100 million—are spending more than anyone. Indeed, once you figure in the penalties for going above the league’s salary cap, the Nets are the most expensive basketball team ever (and by a very large margin).

Mike Mazzeo on what Brooklyn Nets coach (which is still weird to say) Jason Kidd supposedly said to assistant Lawrence Frank after a loss on November 3:

"Sit the (expletive) down! I’m the coach of this (13-letter word) team! When you’re on the bench, don’t (expletive) move," Kidd said, according to NBA.com reporter David Aldridge. The report did not offer further details of what the 13-letter word was.

That word could be anything really. What a motherfucking nightmare in Brooklyn.

There seems to be quite a bit of backlash about the potential new Golden State Warriors arena in San Francisco. But I think it looks and sounds fantastic:

The changes, which have been in the works for months, include lopping 15 feet off the edge of the roofline, increasing the amount of public open space and lowering the public plazas to create a gradual slope of greenery that the NBA team likens to a smaller version of Dolores Park on the water.

Seems like this city would wholly embrace an NBA team.

There seems to be quite a bit of backlash about the potential new Golden State Warriors arena in San Francisco. But I think it looks and sounds fantastic:

The changes, which have been in the works for months, include lopping 15 feet off the edge of the roofline, increasing the amount of public open space and lowering the public plazas to create a gradual slope of greenery that the NBA team likens to a smaller version of Dolores Park on the water.

Seems like this city would wholly embrace an NBA team.

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Over the weekend, former NBA star Mookie Blaylock was seriously injured in a car crash and is currently on life support. Upon hearing this news, the band Pearl Jam, which originally named itself after Blaylock, wished the player a get-well-soon after the crash. During the band’s heyday, they actually got a chance to play basketball with the point guard, the group’s Jeff Ament told The New York Times. “I went and played basketball with him, and he said: ‘You do have game! You have a good shot; you have a nice rotation,’” Ament explained. “I was like, ‘Awesome.’ That was all I was looking for.”

Why was Pearl Jam’s first album named “Ten”? Mookie Blaylock.
Update: Now he’s facing vehicular homicide charges. Sad story. (Apologies for not mentioning the charges at first — they were just updated.)

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Over the weekend, former NBA star Mookie Blaylock was seriously injured in a car crash and is currently on life support. Upon hearing this news, the band Pearl Jam, which originally named itself after Blaylock, wished the player a get-well-soon after the crash. During the band’s heyday, they actually got a chance to play basketball with the point guard, the group’s Jeff Ament told The New York Times. “I went and played basketball with him, and he said: ‘You do have game! You have a good shot; you have a nice rotation,’” Ament explained. “I was like, ‘Awesome.’ That was all I was looking for.”

Why was Pearl Jam’s first album named “Ten”? Mookie Blaylock.

Update: Now he’s facing vehicular homicide charges. Sad story. (Apologies for not mentioning the charges at first — they were just updated.)