September 15, 1994 |
Dwane Casey, a central figure in Kentucky's 1989 basketball scandal, was named an assistant coach with the Seattle SuperSonics. He replaces Bob Kloppenburg, who becomes vice president of personnel and scouting. The SuperSonics also announced the hiring of Rick Sund, former Dallas Maverick vice president, as a consultant to General Manager Wally Walker. At Kentucky, Casey was linked to a recruiting scandal when he was an assistant under then-Coach Eddie Sutton.
November 24, 1993 |
The Seattle SuperSonics had a scary moment Tuesday when guard Kendall Gill apparently fainted and went to the floor during the team's midday practice. Gill was later evaluated and did not travel with the team Tuesday evening for tonight's game at Sacramento. Gill was not available for comment. Neither SuperSonic President Bob Whitsitt, who was at the workout, nor Coach George Karl would discuss the incident.
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September 11, 2007 |
Ted Stepien, a former owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers whose propensity for trading away draft picks resulted in an NBA rule change, died Monday at his home in Willoughby Hills, Ohio. He was 82. The cause of death was not announced. Stepien paid $2 million for 37% of the Cavaliers in April 1980 and soon became the majority shareholder. The Cavaliers went 66-180, dropped to the bottom of the league in attendance and lost $15 million during Stepien's three years of ownership.
April 11, 1991 |
Benoit Benjamin scored 22 points, and the Seattle SuperSonics set a franchise record by making 63.5% of their shots in a 140-108 rout of the Clippers Wednesday night at the Tacoma Dome. Benjamin, fined by the NBA earlier in the day for his behavior to the crowd during a loss to the Clippers last week at the Sports Arena, was on his best behavior this time against his former teammates.
January 30, 1997 |
Chicago Blackhawk Coach Craig Hartsburg carried out his threat to take television privileges away from his team at the United Center dressing room. He disconnected the cable on the 48-inch TV that faces the area where players ride their stationary bikes. "It [still] works, but we only get three stations," winger Tony Amonte told the Chicago Sun-Times. Is Hartsburg the Grinch that almost stole TV? Trivia time: How many former USC basketball players became NBA head coaches? Over the rainbow hair?
December 16, 2004 |
New USC basketball Coach Rick Majerus was a great hire, at least for Morning Briefing. The man is a walking quotebook. Majerus, a bachelor, was quoted in the Arizona Republic in 1998 as saying, "Some guys smoke. Some guys drink. Some guys chase women. I'm a big barbecue-sauce guy. I'm like that guy on the 'Odd Couple,' and it's not the neat guy. I go into my room and find pieces of pizza under the laundry."