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Published September 12, 2013
STILL IN PLAY: Silver on Sunday said that former NBA Kings bidder Chris Hansen's "secret contribution to a group opposed to a new arena in Sacramento will not hurt the billionaire’s efforts to deliver an NBA team to Seattle." Silver: "I would say it won’t affect Seattle’s chances. I haven’t talked to Chris since those allegations came out. I think as he said, he got caught up in the moment." Hansen and his two political consultants on Monday "agreed to pay a $50,000 fine" in California "for failing to disclose a donation to a group hired to help in an attempt to block a new Sacramento sports arena" (SEATTLE TIMES, 9/12).
CONCERN OVER COLLINS? SI's Phil Taylor notes free agent C Jason Collins "is still unemployed" with NBA training camps opening in less than three weeks and many teams' rosters "all but set." A "number of reasons have been quietly offered by NBA personnel people." Those include him being "too old," and "too expensive." But being an "aging, low-scoring center didn't stop Collins from being signed last year, or the year before that." There is "only one thing teams know about him now that they haven't always known -- that he's gay." Is that why he is "still working out at home" in L.A., "waiting for the phone to ring?" It is "impossible to know for sure, but it's also impossible to ignore the obvious question" (SI, 9/16 issue).