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SBD/October 21, 2011/Franchises
Published October 21, 2011
DAWN OF A NEW ERA: In Philadelphia, Bob Cooney asked, "Is pro basketball really reaching relevancy in this city again, coming off a 14-win improvement from the season before and a return to the playoffs?" Perhaps Tuesday "was a step in that direction," with the introduction of the 76ers new ownership group, led by Managing Owner Joshua Harris. Cooney noted the NBA lockout "has not benefited many people, yet," but if "you were to make a list of those who have profited (non-monetarily) thus far, the new Sixers owners could be at the top of a very short list." The lockout has "given the group time to map out strategies" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 10/20). Meanwhile, ASIAONE.com reported Mahaka Media Founder & Owner Erick Thohir is part of Harris' ownership group, and he "holds the distinction of being the first ever Asian owner of an NBA team." Thohir is "well known in his home country of Indonesia but less known is his passion for basketball." He currently serves as President of South East Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) and has "expended continuous efforts to grow the sport in the region" (ASIAONE.com, 10/19).
COACHING CONSULT: CSNBAYAREA.com's Paul Gutierrez wondered following the death of late Raiders Owner Al Davis, "Who does coach Hue Jackson answer to now in regards to player personnel decisions?" Jackson said, "I talk to Mark (Davis), I talk to Amy (Trask). Those are my two people I spend a lot of time talking to because they've been here and they're people I know the most. ... Those people are very, very important to this process. I'm not doing anything without Mark Davis and I'm not doing anything without Amy Trask knowing" (CSNBAYAREA.com, 10/17).