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SBD/June 11, 2013/Franchises
Ranadive To Buy Additional 7% Of NBA Kings; Former Investor's Bid Denied
Published June 11, 2013
FREE BIRD: In Sacramento, Ailene Voisin reported Basketball HOFer Larry Bird is "no longer interested" in the Kings' vacant GM position. Bird was "the highest profile candidate on Ranadive's wish list." Former NBAer Chris Webber "met with Ranadive on at least one occasion," and TNT's Kenny Smith yesterday "revealed that he has spoken to the new owners about a personnel position" (SACBEE.com, 6/10). ESPN's Michael Wilbon said he previously would tell Smith not to take a front-office job because of his success on TNT's "Inside the NBA." Wilbon: "But you know what, Kenny Smith is so great on television. There will be another job awaiting Kenny Smith if he gets ready to come back to television. He should take this. ... I hope they offer it to him and I hope Kenny Smith takes it." ESPN's Tony Kornheiser said, "I'll say two words here, and those words are Steve Kerr. When you're really good on TV and somebody offers you a job as the general manager job and you take it, even if it doesn't work out, when you're really good on TV you can go back to TV" ("PTI," ESPN, 6/10). ESPN's Pablo Torre wondered about Smith's knowledge of prospects, as his "college basketball coverage hasn't been the strongest." Torre: "I would rather see (the Kings) go an analytical route, get a young data-driven guy." But ESPN's Jackie MacMullan noted Smith has "never had to study the college guys." MacMullan: "If he did, Kenny Smith is smart enough to make that happen. But I don't think it will happen" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 6/10).