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Will Galen
01-22-2007, 11:16 AM
http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/features/rumors

# In the wake of the Broncos' Darrent Williams' murder in Denver, and other shootings in that city involving pro athletes, the NBA this past week ordered its security forces in all 29 cities to come up with a list of clubs and other night spots that should be made off-limits to players. Once the clubs are identified, with the help of local law enforcement, the league will send a directive to teams mandating that players avoid those spots or be subject to a substantial fine. -- New York Daily News

# Danny Ainge acknowledged the damage Tony Allen's blown-out knee has done to the club for this season, but he insisted that all will be rectified. "There's no question that the Tony Allen injury was by far the most devastating this year so far, just because he was playing so great and because it's a season-ending injury," Ainge said. "But I am confident that Tony will be back next year for training camp and he'll be in good shape. We're still counting on Tony being part of our future." -- Boston Herald

# The Bobcats aren't supposed to eat in the locker room before games, but coach Bernie Bickerstaff made an understandable exception for rookie Adam Morrison on Friday. Morrison, a diabetic, has a precise diet that involves eating steak, a baked potato and some green vegetables several hours before game time. Room service didn't show up, so Morrison improvised, eating a submarine sandwich with similar ingredients about 11/2 hours before tip-off. -- Charlotte Observer

# Say goodbye to the flyest mohawk in the NBA. "I'm tired of taking care of it," Cleveland center Scot Pollard said. "I have to pull on it and I don't have a whole lot of hair left. It's why I went with the mohawk anyway. I saw it creeping back on the sides so I thought I'd go with the mohawk since it was only growing in the middle." -- Seattle Times

If Scott plays much longer he will be bald like most other players and won't even have to shave his head

# Recently, Mike Dunleavy tried starting Randy Livingston and Sam Cassell together. Because both are used to having the ball, that combination didn't click either. Now they're going to try it the old way, as long as their aged point guard holds up. "I'm cool," Cassell said. "I made it this far."-- Los Angeles Times

# In a season of misadventures, the Clippers are down to signing their players' friends to fill out the roster. Needing a backup with point guard Shaun Livingston injured, they signed eight-year veteran Alvin Williams to a 10-day contract ... after hearing he was in town, staying at guard Cuttino Mobley's home. -- Los Angeles Times

That would be neat! Staying at a friends house and have him call you up and ask you to come down to the arena because the team wants to sign you. Of course you might have to talk to somebody other than your friend to be convinced! (grin)

# Sarunas Jasikevicius, who wore No. 3 in Indiana, was aced out of that number with the Warriors because Harrington called to reserve it first. The Lithuanian's second choice, No. 13, wasn't available either. "I totally forgot that was (Wilt) Chamberlain's number" which has been retired by the Warriors, Jasikevicius said. "They told me, 'Yeah, can't do that, buddy.'" -- Contra Costa Times

Now we know how Al got the #3 over Sarunas.

# There's no chance of keeping every player happy, Jerry Sloan said, so recent complaints about playing time from Gordan Giricek and Jarron Collins are understandable. "There never has been" enough minutes to go around, Sloan said. But "if all they're looking for is minutes, heaven forbid, I've screwed up. I've got to put winning in their way." Sloan said he is paying attention to his team's chemistry while also trying to do what's best for the team but "you're not going to bat 100 percent of players being happy," he said. -- Salt Lake Tribune

# Antonio McDyess said he was contacted by the league office Saturday and asked to give his take on his altercation with Minnesota?s Kevin Garnett on Friday. He was asked if he thought Garnett threw a punch at him. McDyess said he thought so at the time, but it wasn?t much of one. Neither McDyess nor Garnett were suspended, though both could be fined. -- Detroit News

Cobol Sam
01-22-2007, 11:34 AM
http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/features/rumors

# In the wake of the Broncos' Darrent Williams' murder in Denver, and other shootings in that city involving pro athletes, the NBA this past week ordered its security forces in all 29 cities to come up with a list of clubs and other night spots that should be made off-limits to players. Once the clubs are identified, with the help of local law enforcement, the league will send a directive to teams mandating that players avoid those spots or be subject to a substantial fine. -- New York Daily News


That can't possibly be true! If it is, thats a huge civil rights issue. I can't imagine my employer being able to control where I go outside of work. I could understand the league making this list for safety purposes and asking players to avoid the spots, but how could it possibly fine them? Any lawyers posting?

Fool
01-22-2007, 11:35 AM
# Antonio McDyess said he was contacted by the league office Saturday and asked to give his take on his altercation with Minnesota?s Kevin Garnett on Friday. He was asked if he thought Garnett threw a punch at him. McDyess said he thought so at the time, but it wasn?t much of one. Neither McDyess nor Garnett were suspended, though both could be fined. -- Detroit News

Garnett was suspended a game.

Aw Heck
01-22-2007, 11:45 AM
That can't possibly be true! If it is, thats a huge civil rights issue. I can't imagine my employer being able to control where I go outside of work. I could understand the league making this list for safety purposes and asking players to avoid the spots, but how could it possibly fine them? Any lawyers posting?
This type of thing is unfortunately becoming increasingly common, though. Darrant Williams was killed. Stephen Jackson could have been killed at Club Rio. Michael Olowokandi had an incident in downtown Indy a couple years ago I think.

I'm not sure whether this is legal or not, but I'm actually kinda glad that the NBA is being proactive in this. Players have been putting themselves in dangerous situations. All the NBA is trying to do is discourage that. If players want to go to one of those clubs, they can. They just have to pay a fine.

I'm sure the Players' Association will fight this though and will probably win.

JayRedd
01-22-2007, 04:37 PM
Say goodbye to the flyest mohawk in the NBA. "I'm tired of taking care of it," Cleveland center Scot Pollard said. "I have to pull on it and I don't have a whole lot of hair left. It's why I went with the mohawk anyway. I saw it creeping back on the sides so I thought I'd go with the mohawk since it was only growing in the middle." -- Seattle Times

No problem, Scot. Ron Ron's holding it down for us now.

What's up with Pacers and mohawks? First Al, then Scot, now Ronnie. Must be in the water.

indygeezer
01-22-2007, 05:05 PM
This type of thing is unfortunately becoming increasingly common, though. Darrant Williams was killed. Stephen Jackson could have been killed at Club Rio. Michael Olowokandi had an incident in downtown Indy a couple years ago I think.

I'm not sure whether this is legal or not, but I'm actually kinda glad that the NBA is being proactive in this. Players have been putting themselves in dangerous situations. All the NBA is trying to do is discourage that. If players want to go to one of those clubs, they can. They just have to pay a fine.

I'm sure the Players' Association will fight this though and will probably win.

Don't be so sure they will win the arguement. My former employer (before retirement) had a list of restrictions for certain employees. Among the restrictions was a prohibition against snow skiing (because one mid-level manager sufferred a broken leg and missed several weeks work). It isn't all that unusual for employers to restrict employees as a term of their employment.

ThA HoyA
01-22-2007, 06:28 PM
Don't be so sure they will win the arguement. My former employer (before retirement) had a list of restrictions for certain employees. Among the restrictions was a prohibition against snow skiing (because one mid-level manager sufferred a broken leg and missed several weeks work). It isn't all that unusual for employers to restrict employees as a term of their employment.


Did the employess have a union? because ive seen how companies will take advantage of employees when there is no union.

PacerMan
01-22-2007, 07:07 PM
Did the employess have a union? because ive seen how companies will take advantage of employees when there is no union.


Unions represent the workers "on the floor". Management is never unionized.(exceptions?)
I'm sure the players have plenty of restrictions in their contracts, no sky diving, etc, but i'd think it would have to be IN their contract. Can't see how the NBA could mandate that league wide.

Eindar
01-22-2007, 07:43 PM
Seems like they can put that clause into every contract signed from here on out, but I'm pretty sure they'll lose that court battle since the players have contracts signed in good faith.

Will Galen
01-23-2007, 01:14 AM
Doesn't the NBA have something in their contracts about players not riding motorcycles? This would probably be worded similar.

Dr. Goldfoot
01-23-2007, 01:22 AM
I don't think the NBA has a mandate against motorcycles but a team and player can put whatever they want in a contract as long as both parties agree to sign.

Naptown_Seth
01-23-2007, 05:46 AM
Michael Olowokandi had an incident in downtown Indy a couple years ago I think.
Tiki Bob's is not exactly a "danger spot", and in this case it was Kandi man that was the only threat to anyone when he refused to leave the club without his sweater/jacket (one of those)...which he was wearing at the time! :eek:

So the cops were called to make him leave, he wouldn't, and thus the term Kandi-tazered was born. :)

Used as in "Dale Davis threatened officers outside a Miami club and was subsequently Kandi-tazered into submission. Peck could not be immediately reached for comment."
:D