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NBA Lockout Watch, Day 13: Players To Receive Full Escrow Back For First Time
Published July 13, 2011
FALLOUT FROM THE LOCKOUT: In Charlotte, Rick Bonnell reports Bobcats radio play-by-play announcer Scott Lauer "has been laid off by the team, in what appears to be a cost-saving decision in the face of the NBA lockout." Lauer, who has been with the Bobcats throughout their seven-year existence, said that he "hopes to return to his job once the lockout ends and games resume." Lauer noted he was told his "position was eliminated" as part of an "organizational restructuring" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 7/13). The AP reported Lauer was "one of at least seven employees let go by the Bobcats in the past week." The Bobcats also parted ways with Dir of Corporate Communications Michael Thompson, Manager of Community Relations Kim Beal and "others in sales and business operations." A team spokesperson "confirmed fewer than 10 people were let go." In addition, a source indicated that the Pistons "fired 15 people two weeks ago" (AP, 7/12).
INTERNATIONAL STUDIES: In N.Y., Fred Kerber reports Amar'e Stoudemire is the "latest NBA stud to say he would consider going overseas in the event of a long NBA lockout," days after the Knicks F indicated that he would not. Stoudemire during an ESPN Radio appearance yesterday said, "It's not a definite thing that I'm not going to sign overseas." Also yesterday, Thunder F Kevin Durant said that he "would strongly consider playing overseas if there is no quick resolution to the league's labor situation" (N.Y. POST, 7/13). Durant said, "We'll see, I would like to try something new. But of course, my first option is playing in the NBA. So now I want to see how this lockout goes" (AP, 7/12). L.A. Times columnist Bill Plaschke said, "I’m starting to wonder if all these players’ sponsors and their shoe people aren’t telling them, ‘You know what, let’s sell the product. Let’s get out there and go somewhere else’" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 7/12). Meanwhile, TRUEHOOP's Zach Harper noted Jazz F and Russia native Andrei Kirilenko reportedly is "offering his services to European teams for the low asking price" of $5.8M this winter (ESPN.com, 7/12).