- Yesterday, Magic Johnson sold his ownership stake in the Los Angeles Lakers to Dr. Soon-Shiong. Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times says that Dr. Soon-Shiong went all Godfather on Magic: "The sale amount was "a lot more" than $27 million, said a team source who was not authorized to speak publicly. '[Magic] was made an offer that he couldn't refuse.'"
- NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper writes that Johnson's stake sale "may be a precursor to leaving the only home of his professional life but is not, sources cautioned, a sign he is about to buy into another team."
- Sounds like the young Oklahoma City Thunder got torched on the break by the elder statesmen San Antonio Spurs last night. Here's a full report on the "lollygagging" transition defense from Darnell Mayberry of NewsOK.com.
- Phoenix Suns forward Earl Clark, drafted in the 2009 lottery, wasn't aware that a deadline was approaching for the team to pick up his option next year, writes SB Nation Arizona's Seth Pollack, and isn't sure whether or not his contract will be extended. Might want to get on that, Earl!
- Jared Wade of Eight Points, Nine Seconds notes that the Indiana Pacers picked up contract options on Darren Collison and Tyler Hansbrough, calling the moves "mere-paperwork-formality".
- TNT's NBA crew of Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson have made plans to stalk follow LeBron James and the Miami Heat on at least two road trips this year.
- Michael Levin of Liberty Ballers notes that Philadelphia 76ers fans are still adjusting to life with new draft pick Evan Turner. He examines the top 10 most inflammatory statements regarding Turner, which include, "Evan Turner looks like a nerd".
- Frank Dell'Apa of the Boston Globe reports that Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers underwent "minor throat surgery" last Sunday and that Doc's docter wants him to "rest his voice box".
- Surely you have heard of the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference hosted by Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey. Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus traveled to NCSSORS, a smaller, west coast version of Sloan that drew stat analysts from nine different NBA teams. In case you missed it, Pelton appeared alongside Prospectus co-writer Bradford Doolittle on a recent CBS Sports podcast.
- Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times reports that Lakers big man Andrew Bynum has "made enough progress with his surgically repaired right knee to get cleared for non-basketball activities" and will begin running next week.
Shootaround 10.19.10: Magic's Godfather offer
Posted on: October 19, 2010 7:57 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 7:54 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver.