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SBD/July 12, 2012/Franchises
NBA Franchise Notes: Players Willing To Take Less Money To Play For The Heat
Published July 12, 2012
MAKE SOME, MISS SOME: A Nets spokesperson said that since last Tuesday, when G Deron Williams announced on Twitter that he was staying with the team, the Nets have "sold more than 2,000 full season tickets." ESPN N.Y.'s Mike Mazzeo noted they have sold 70% of the suites at Barclays Center, and "have already booked more than two times the sponsorship revenue for the team than they had all of last year" (ESPNNY.com, 7/10). In N.Y., Mitch Lawrence writes the Knicks "scored a huge win" with the Nets not acquiring Magic C Dwight Howard. Having to "face the Nets with Howard meant the Knicks were looking at becoming No. 2 in their own town." Lawrence: "Until further notice, New York stays a Knick town" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 7/12). Meanwhile, ESPN N.Y.'s Ian O'Connor noted Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov "has taken on more than a quarter billion dollars in long-term player commitments this month, and Howard won't be seeing a dime of it" (ESPNNY.com, 7/11).
BLAZING A NEW TRAIL: Former Trail Blazers President Larry Miller, who resigned earlier this week to rejoin Nike, said, "I feel like I'm leaving on a good note. I feel like this organization is in a good place and the Jordan Brand ... was kind of my baby. I kind of helped get it going and to be able to go back and help take that to the next level was hard to say no to." Miller said, "One of the things that I feel really good about is the fact that the fans are reengaged with this team now, supporting the team." He added, "All the talk about political stuff and all that, there's none of that. ... I'm looking forward to not being in the spotlight" (OREGONLIVE.com 7/9).