Names In The News
Oklahoma City police are "investigating a potential death threat from an angered fan" who left voicemails "threatening the Thunder's front office," coach BILLY DONOVAN and Exec VP & GM SAM PRESTI (N.Y. POST, 7/20). According to court documents cited by Oklahoma City-based KOCO-ABC, authorities are "investigating a man claiming to be from Virginia who called the team offices and left two voicemails containing death threats after the team traded" F PAUL GEORGE (WASHINGTON POST, 7/21)....In another basketball-related legal case, court documents filed this week show WNBA Seattle Storm F NATASHA HOWARD "denied domestic-abuse allegations made public last weekend by her wife, JACQUELINE HOWARD." Natasha Howard in the documents said that she is "broke because Jacqueline emptied her bank account" (SEATTLE TIMES, 7/20).
AGENCY UPDATES: Pro Football HOFer MARSHALL FAULK is "embarking on a new football path" after being spotted at the NFLPA's recent "seminar and exam for new agents" in DC (PROFOOTBALLTALK.com, 7/20)....Lakers F KYLE KUZMA is "parting ways with his agents," Priority Sports & Entertainment's MARK BARTELSTEIN and ZACH KURTIN, with an "eye toward cultivating his business interests." Kuzma "has not begun meeting with prospective agents" (L.A. TIMES, 7/20).
NAMES: 76ers C JOEL EMBIID will “travel to Senegal later this month to serve as a coach in the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program” (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 7/20)....Lakers C ANTHONY DAVIS “returned home to Chicago to surprise attendees of his local basketball camp at Kenwood Academy High School.” Davis “kicked off his third annual Nike Rise Camp by showing up unannounced” and “participating in drills with the kids” (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 7/20)....Patriots LB KYLE VAN NOY and his wife, MARISSA POWELL, “hosted a special viewing” of “THE LION KING” at the Showcase Cinema de Lux at Patriot Place in Foxboro on Friday night (BOSTON HERALD, 7/21)....Pro Football HOFer RAY LEWIS’ “latest endeavor” is an Italian restaurant in Baltimore’s Little Italy called Lew Gambino’s, “expected to open in August.” Lewis is “partnering with the GAMBINO family that owns the restaurant” (BALTIMORE SUN, 7/20).