SBD/Issue 34/Leagues & Governing Bodies

Glen Taylor Plays Down Possibility NBA Teams Will Be Contracted

Taylor Says T'Wolves Would Not
Be A Candidate For Contraction

T'Wolves Owner and NBA BOG Chair Glen Taylor yesterday addressed NBA Commissioner David Stern's talk of the possible contraction of teams, saying that the league is "merely considering all of its options at this point as a possible lockout looms after this season," according to Jon Krawczynski of the AP. Taylor said the league has a "serious problem in that we've got to make the league more profitable." However, he said of contraction, "I don't think that's our preference that we do that." Taylor: "What David said is we're going to talk about all the things with the union and hopefully it doesn't come to that." Taylor also indicated that the NBA is "nowhere near as close" to contracting as MLB was when the Twins were a candidate in '02. Taylor: "It was just thrown out there as one of the things on the table. But I can tell you at this point we don't have somebody lined up like baseball had that year." Taylor did say that the T'Wolves "would not be a candidate for contraction." Taylor: "Minnesota is not one of the teams that would be contracted, nor do we expect that in the future" (AP, 10/27). Taylor noted that "few teams would be interested in the idea" of contracting. Taylor: "You'd have to find an owner who would want to do it and I know, just because I'm chairman of the board, most teams would not want to do that. They feel like I do: They're involved in their community, their state and that's very, very important to them" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 10/28).

DON'T DISRESPECT THE LOGO: The NBA has banned players from wearing headbands with the NBA logo upside down, which was popularized by Celtics G Rajon Rondo, and FanHouse.com’s Kevin Blackistone said, "What in the world is David Stern doing instituting once again some fashion rule? Get over it!" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 10/27). ESPN’s Michael Wilbon: “It's petty, it's mean, it's self-important and it's high-handed. You add all that up and it's lame to address a headband. It's stupid.” ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser: “The international symbol of distress is to fly a flag upside down. Exactly what is Rondo distressed about? … Wear the headband correctly or don't wear the headband" (“PTI,” ESPN, 10/27).

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