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Published April 28, 2014
CLEVELAND ROCKS: In Cleveland, Mary Schmitt Boyer reported if Cavaliers Owner Dan Gilbert is "looking for a prominent NBA veteran with ties to Cleveland to head up his franchise as president," ESPN NBA analyst George Karl would "love to be on the short list." Karl in an e-mail wrote, "Being a leader, running a team and organizing a group with the common goal of winning a championship would be the ultimate challenge in my career" (CLEVELAND.com, 4/25).
HEAT OF THE MOMENT: In West Palm Beach, Jason Lieser noted Heat F LeBron James "does not know if he wants to become an NBA owner like his hero, Michael Jordan, but there will be one necessity if he does: a Pat Riley-like mastermind to assemble his team." James said of the Heat President, "If I find me a Riles, that’d be great. It would be great to be around the game of basketball. I don’t know in what shape or form, but I have a lot of knowledge to pass on and I believe I have a great eye for talent as well." James added, "Obviously you’d have to be financially very, very wealthy, which I’m not. I’m doing alright. It would be great, but there’s a lot of pressure on that side as well to put together a team and obviously if you hire the right people they can do it too" (PALMBEACHPOST.com, 4/27).