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Published May 18, 2009
|Media Weighs In On Cuban's Actions
During Nuggets-Mavericks Playoff Series
ZEROING IN ON A CANDIDATE: In Minneapolis, Jerry Zgoda reported the T'Wolves appear to have "focused on hiring" Trail Blazers Assistant GM Tom Penn to lead the team's basketball operations after former Heat GM Randy Pfund withdrew from consideration on Friday. Penn is the "last known candidate interviewed" by T'Wolves Owner Glen Taylor and CEO Rob Moor (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 5/16).
COSTLY TURNOVER: In California, Carl Steward wrote the Warriors "don't deserve" outgoing Exec VP/Basketball Operations Chris Mullin, whose contract was not renewed. Mullin "gave the franchise a level of respectability and admiration it hadn't had since" Owner Chris Cohan bought the team in '95. Steward also characterized new GM Larry Riley as coach Don Nelson and President Robert Rowell's "puppet" (CONTRA COSTA TIMES, 5/16).
LOSING THEIR BITE? About 2,400 Sharks fans attended the annual state of the team meeting last Thursday at HP Pavilion, and it was "far from a hostile crowd." About half gave coach Todd McLellan and four players a "standing ovation." However, there were "plenty of fans who remained seated with their arms folded across their chest, silently showing their frustrations" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 5/15).