Posts Tagged ‘Wyc Grousbeck’

If Chris Bosh decides not to re-sign with the Raptors it will be because …

Monday, June 28th, 2010

When you get right down to brass tacks …

For any NBA team:

1. The players are an extension of the head coach.

2. The head coach is an extension of the General Manager.

3. The General Manager is an extension of the CEO/President.

4. The CEO/President is an extension of the Owner.

5. The Owner is … precisely where ‘The Buck [starts and] Stops‘.


The owners: a free agency scorecard

… perhaps the most important person in a free agent supertar’s future is their next owner. Coaches have an average tenure of a few years. Teammates change year in and year out.

But if you’re LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh or another top free agent, whoever owns your next team is going to make hundreds of decisions, year after year, with the potential to affect whether or not you win a title.

Hiring a coach, getting a new point guard, changing the defense … almost everything on an NBA team is malleable. But when under contract, even the most powerful superstars in the league have little-to-no influence over ownership. Which means as they shop for new teams, at the top of the list is finding the right owner.

Based on conversations with people familiar with the thinking of top free agents, including team personnel, agents, and insiders, here’s a list of owners who are best positioned to appeal to free agent superstars:

1. Dr. Jerry Buss
2. Mark Cuban
3. Mikhail Prokhorov
4. Micky Arison
5. Wyc Grousbeck
6. etc.


Where do you suppose Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Limited [MLSE] is ranked, according to TrueHoop?

When number-crunching and acumen point in the same direction

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

For the benefit of those who may not have read it yet …

Can Toronto Build a Winner Around Bosh
When we put the entire picture together, it doesn’t look too good for fans of Toronto.  The Raptors will still employ the services of Calderon and Bosh, and these players produced about 21 wins last year.  And it’s possible that Turkoglu, Jack, Evans, and Johnson can contribute another 15 wins.  After these players, though, who else is going to produce significant quantity of wins?  And if no one else produces much, how will Bosh believe that the Raptors are building a contender?


is a first-rate take by David Berri on the Raptors’ current situation.

Since his arrival in the NBA, 6 seasons ago, Chris Bosh has firmly established himself as one of the very best Big Men in the League … with an individual game that’s unique, as an under-sized Center, and in need of support from a group of talented teammates. Unfortunately, what has also happened during this same time-frame, repeatedly, is that the team’s ownership group [i.e. MLSE] and upper management have demonstrated an inability to make sound basketball-related decisions around him, based on an over-riding Plan of Attack geared toward the building of a championship-winning calibre team in Toronto, through the proper acquisition and retention of Top Notch NBA talent, which includes executives, coaches, support staff and players.

Understanding exactly what the Boston Celtics actually did 3 summers ago to transform their team into a legitimate title contender:


1. Retain the services of a very good and already-proven NBA head coach;
2. Hold onto their already-established franchise player [i.e. Paul Pierce];
3. Trade an upcoming top draft pick for a 2nd established franchise player [i.e. Ray Allen];
4. Include their younger burgeoning talent [i.e. i. Al Jefferson, ii. Ryan Gomes, and iii. Sebastien Telfair] in a major trade for a 3rd “stud” player [i.e. The Big Ticket];
5. Keep a bedrock player like Kendrick Perkins [C], as a building block for their future team;
6. Draft another young stud at the PG position [i.e. Rajon Rondo], who other teams over-looked/under-valued; and, then,
7. Filled out the remainder of its roster with very serviceable players with great attitudes who were committed to winning a championship above all else.


means that all is NOT lost for the Raptors, as long as they begin to identify accurately what their actual strengths and weaknesses are, relative to their competition.

What “regular Raptors fans” need to do is spend some more time figuring out who on their team fits properly into the corresponding roles of Wyc Grousbeck [i.e. MLSE?], Danny Ainge [i.e. Bryan Colangelo?], Doc Rivers [i.e. Jay Triano?], Paul Pierce [i.e. Chris Bosh!] and Ray Allen [?], Kevin Garnett [?], and Al Jefferson [i.e. Andrea Bargnani!!!], etc., and less time putting down the 5th best player in the brief history of the team [i.e. CB4] and his designated running mate [i.e. El Matador].


PS. Those who think that Danny Ainge [GM] was operating without an over-riding Plan of Attack, based on his Basketball Acumen, simply do not know how the NBA actually works, or how a team needs to go about building a championship-winning organization, at the highest level of competition.

What it SHOULD be all about for the owner of a team in the NBA

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Winning is still the currency that drives Mavericks’ Cuban
Mavericks president Terdema Ussery flipped to his newspaper sports section last Tuesday and chuckled.

There in the cover photo was his boss, Mark Cuban, rejoicing after Jason Terry’s game-winning shot against Minnesota. Arms raised, jumping, screaming, the frozen moment is vintage Cuban – suspended in time, if not exactly midair.

“I told my wife, ‘That picture couldhave been taken 10 years ago,’ ” Ussery said. “No difference at all. There’s your owner, with his 6-inch vertical leap.”

Cuban’s youthful appearance, drive and exuberance have changed little since, at age 41, he signed a letter of intent to purchase the Mavericks on Jan. 3, 2000.

In reality, he is now 50, a married father of two girls, has an artificial left hip and according to Forbes, is at least $137 million lighter in the wallet where the Mavericks are concerned.

“I’m not going to comment on our P&L [profit and loss] specifics,” Cuban said. “But I have always said I’m in this to win, not make money.”

For most pro sports owners, such a bottom line would be cause for alarm. In Cuban’s case, the subject evokes a sweat-dripping shrug from atop the StairMaster outside the Mavericks’ locker room, where he churns before most home games.

Tonight, his Mavericks host San Antonio in Game 3 of a best-of-seven, first-round NBA playoff series that is tied, 1-1. For some teams, extended playoff runs make the difference between loss and profit, or between profit and prosperity.

Not so the Mavericks. Even though this is their ninth straight playoff appearance, Cuban recalls finishing in the black only twice during his tenure, although according to Forbes’ figures it happened only once.


Until your favourite NBA team has an owner with a similar raison d’etre as Mark Cuban, and the other individuals whose team’s names are on this list, you can simply forget about ever winning the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

Leadership in a pro sports organization starts at the very top, with an unwavering Commitment to WINNING the League Championship, not to being in ‘the black’ each and every year.

[PS. Which teams in the NBA today do NOT have a sole owner who is in a similar well-healed state like Mark Cuban? or, Wyc Grousbeck? or, Dr. Jerry Buss? or, Peter Holt? or, Mickey Arison? or, Jerry Reinsdorf?, or Paul Allen? or, etc.]

When it rains, sometimes, it really pours

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Right on the heels of this afternoon’s announcement, re: the possibility that Kevin Garnett will need to miss the playoffs entirely, comes this shocking news straight out of left field:


Celtic GM Danny Ainge has mild heart attack
Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge was hospitalized Thursday after suffering what the team described as a minor heart attack.

The team issued a brief statement saying that Ainge, 50, was taken to a Boston hospital but provided few other details.

“Danny Ainge is recovering at Massachusetts General Hospital after having a minor heart attack. He is recovering nicely,” the team said. “Mr. Ainge is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days.”

A spokeswoman for Massachusetts General Hospital referred comment to the team.

The news was first reported by WCVB, a Boston TV station.

“All of Celtics Nation is thankful that Danny got incredible medical care so quickly and so effectively,” Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck said. “We wish him, Michelle and the kids all the best and know he will be back with us very soon.”

A member of two Celtics championship teams in the 1980s with the original Big Three of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish, Ainge was an NBA All-Star in 1988.

As general manager, Ainge helped the franchise raise its record 17th NBA championship last season by assembling a new Big Three, acquiring Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to join Celtics veteran Paul Pierce. Ainge was named 2007-08 NBA executive of the year and in October was rewarded with a contract extension and the title of president of basketball operations.


Best wishes go out to Danny Ainge on what is, hopefully, a speedy recovery.

Ubuntu? … minus the Big Green #5

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

It truly pains this corner of the blogosphere to have to read a report like this today …


Garnett out, could miss all of the playoffs
The Big Three is down to Two.

Celtics star Kevin Garnett, the centerpiece of Boston’s 2008 championship and a key to its hopes of a repeat, could miss the playoffs because of a knee injury that has limited him to four games over the final two months of the season.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Thursday that Garnett will not be ready for Game 1 against the Chicago Bulls and possibly won’t be back at all.

“It’s not official that he’s out for the entire playoffs, but it’s official as far as I’m concerned,” Rivers said before practice at the team’s workout facility. “I just don’t see how. I hope I’m wrong, but I just don’t see it.”

Garnett has been the Celtics’ inspirational leader since joining them in a 2007 trade that completed the new Big Three and propelled the franchise to its record 17th NBA title. He averaged 15.8 and 8.5 rebounds per game for the defending champions this season.


after what was first written in this space on Wed Mar 25:

Kevin Garnett should NOT be playing right now for the Celtics

Somebody with the Boston Celtics organization SHOULD have been astute enough to see back then what was really going on with this young man’s knee injury and should have taken the necessary steps to prevent him from returning to the court prematurely.

His presence will be missed by all those who love the game.