NBA STILL CAN'T CLEAR BOORISH-BEHAVIOR HURDLE
In Chicago, Sam Smith writes on the NBA, calling it
"Just another week in the league gone mad. ... One of the
biggest problems facing the NBA today is the intransigence
and obstructionism" of the league's Players Association,
"which continues to defy the league's attempts to bring more
discipline to the game" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 1/12). The
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES' Lacy Banks: "Who is running this NBA
asylum? ... [Commissioner] David Stern ... is making the NBA
an international marketing gold mine. But while a
deteriorating economy is definitely damaging the league, the
negative behavior of various players might be causing even
more harm" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 1/12).
LATIN LOVER: NBA VP/Managing Dir of Latin America Rob
Levine is profiled by Fran Brennan in the MIAMI HERALD.
Brennan, on Levine's efforts to increase the NBA's
popularity in Latin America: "Apparently, it's working.
Although few of the NBA's players hail from Latin America
countries, the league sells down south (MIAMI HERALD, 1/12).