The brief but hilarious-tacular John Calipari-to-Sacramento rumor (which had the force of coming first from Adrian Wojnarowski of Adrian Wojnarowski) came and went with adamant yet unconvincing denials from all involved, the most intriguing coming from Calipari himself: “At no time has @Vivek offered me a job. I WILL BE AT KENTUCKY.”
This is all true. But if Ranadive did offer Calipari the level of money and power that has been rumored, he might reconsider just how Kentucky he will be at – that is, until Calipari remembers that he would be the fourth “basketball guy in charge” in Sacramento since the beginning of the just-completed season.
In sum, it’s a great job of you have all the power except that you never have all the power so that it becomes a crap job before you know it. After all, Ranadive would be on the hook for still paying Tyrone Corbin and George Karl, and it would have been a fourth had not Michael Malone not taken the Denver job.
And all this would have happened even without mentioning Boogie Cousins once.
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Closer to our ancestral home, the latest update on the Joe-Lacob-Wants-To-Buy-The-A’s non-starter is that, well, Joe Lacob still may want to buy the A’s, but the A’s have never been in a more advantageous position in Oakland than right now. The Raiders are in a logjam in their master plan to tunnel south, the Warriors are trying to leave, and the A’s are Oakland’s last-best chance to retain any major league sports presence. They still make rafts of money from Major League Baseball’s revenue sharing pixies, majority owner John Fisher has waffled occasionally but never really come close to crying, “Help, Mister Wizard,” and if anyone’s getting a new anything in Oakland, it’s going to be the A’s.
Besides, where’s Lacob getting all this extra money? His listed net worth is an estimated $325 million, or less than half what the A’s would fetch in today’s overheated market, and he and his partners have hundreds of millions to churn on the new arena plan/new arena.
So the A’s? Not quite yet.
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And you know who enjoys all this roiling and boiling with the teams of the north? Jed York, who could use the peace and quiet most of all.
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Two months ago, Nigel Pearson saved Leicester City from being relegated from the Premier League by coaxing seven wins out of the team’s last nine matches. This performance earned him . . . well, a firing today because “the club believes that the working relationship between Nigel and the board is no longer viable. It has become clear that fundamental differences in perspective exist between us.”
Speculation is, of course, rampant, but the hottest notion is that Pearson’s son James was allegedly involved in an orgy in June in which a woman appeared to be racially abused. James Pearson and two other players were dismissed over the incident, and while there is not yet an indication that this was the causa dimissionis, it could not have been a pleasant series of dinners at the Pearson home.
Then again, how many family dinners go smoothly?
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Luke Ridnour, the newest Toronto Raptor, has now been on five teams in the last week, but is still five away from beating Chucky Brown, Tony Massenburg, Jim Jackson and Joe Smith for the NBA record of 12. All of the last four played for the Warriors at one point in their careers, and Smith was of course the first player taken in the 1995 draft that also emitted Kevin Garnett and 56 other non-Hall of Famers.
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And finally, there is no complaining about dodgy officiating in the United States today – not after the two gifts the Yanks got against Germany in the World Cup semifinals. The U.S. was the better side, but generosity should never been scoffed at.
Sincerely, Scott Foster.