You probably did not know that today is International Nose Picking Day. Well, it is and you can Google it for verification. Now that you know, how might you plan to celebrate this “holiday”? I guess this is a day when you should give thanks that Jimmy Durante is somewhere else in the cosmos and not sitting next to you on a 4-hour plane flight.
Oh, by the way, do not confuse International Nose Picking Day with Nose Hair Maintenance Day. You should celebrate the latter on 8 September…
You are all quite welcome.
There is a story in the NY Daily News today by Frank Isola that says Knicks’ owner, James Dolan, and new team President, Phil Jackson, are at odds over staff firings. The issue is not over players; this is about staff personnel. Jackson wants new folks; Dolan reportedly told Jackson to focus his attention on building a winning team and not worry about the staff. It was not all that long ago when Dolan hired Jackson and said that he – Dolan – was giving over control of the basketball decisions to Jackson. Maybe it is too big a stretch to declare that the honeymoon is over already, but these are the kinds of meddlesome behaviors that have characterized James Dolan’s stewardship of the Knicks’ franchise for the last decade or so. You can read Isola’s report here…
The scuttlebutt is that Steve Kerr is at the head of the line to become the next head coach of the Knicks. Kerr was on Sirius Radio recently and demonstrated that although he has never been a head coach, his time as GM of the Suns gave him a good insight into what the job was all about:
“Coaches basically know when they go in that they are likely to be fired. It’s a brutal business, it’s a brutal profession. I think back to a year ago when the Knicks were one of the best stories in the league; they won 54 games; I thought Mike Woodson was one of the top coaches in the league. He did a fantastic job and then everything fell apart this year for a number of reasons.”
Memo to Steve Kerr:
1. One of those reasons was an owner who does not know much about basketball who also interferes with the folks in the organization who do know about basketball.
2. Perhaps you should ponder the words of Niccolo Machiavelli from 500 years ago with regard to your possible new venture:
“It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institution and merely lukewarm defenders in those who gain by the new ones.”
Recently, there were reports that the Milwaukee Bucks had been sold for $550M to two folks who earned their money in the investment world and previous owner, Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) pledged $100M from the sale to help build a new arena in Milwaukee for the team. Mark Cuban chimed in saying it was a “great deal” and who would want to argue with Mark Cuban and risk being tossed into a shark tank. That was about a week ago…
Now there are reports that the NBA has a clause in the purchase agreement that the league can buy the team back from the new owners if a new arena is not under construction by November 2017. The league had an ownership stake in the New Orleans Hornets a couple of years ago; I would have thought that experience would have made them a bit gun-shy regarding another excursion into those waters. However, that is what ESPN says could happen in a few years unless the good folks in Wisconsin and/or Milwaukee kick in whatever the costs above $100M there may be to build a new arena in Milwaukee for the team.
Forget whatever the spin-doctors for the new owners and/or the NBA might have to say about this situation. Here is the reality:
This is the NBA twisting arms in Wisconsin to get a new playpen for one of its small market teams with the explicit threat that the league could take over the team and put it up for auction for other cities. Essentially, Milwaukee has “right of first refusal” for a new arena and that clock winds down in November 2017. After that…
What cities might the NBA induce to participate in some future auction for a franchise? In alphabetical order:
Calgary: There are a million folks living there.
Kansas City: They already have a new arena in place.
Las Vegas: One of the pro leagues will go there eventually.
Seattle: Let the salivation in the Great Northwest begin…
“Tidewater” Virginia: Folks there really want to go “big-league”.
Finally, here is an item from Gregg Drinnan’s Keeping Score blog that you can read by clicking on the link here under “Columnists I Read”:
“Long-time actor Mickey Rooney died this week at the age of 93. Yes, he liked to play the ponies. As he once said: ‘I lost a $2 bet 65 years ago and have spent about $3 million trying to get it back.’ “
But don’t get me wrong, I love sports………