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Incoming Mets PR Director Hashtags It #dreamscometrue

For 25 years, through 2013, Harold Kaufman worked as communications head for the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets, slash, Pelicans. Starting June 23, he will transition from The Big Easy to a more prominent spotlight in the Big Apple.

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Fom today’s press release:

Kaufman will work closely with the Mets media relations group – headed by vice president Jay Horwitz – and the Mets marketing & communications department. Kaufman will report directly to David Newman, senior vice president, marketing & communications.

Kaufman, a native of Dallas, started his sports PR career in 1986 as an intern for the Texas Rangers and then with the media department of the Dallas Mavericks. Th Southern Methodist University grad will be relocating to the NYC area with his wife Lisa; son Alex will start attending the University of Texas this fall, while their other son Stanley graduated just last week from LSU.

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Oprah Considers Buying LA Clippers

Now that Donald Sterling is banned for life from the NBA for making racist comments, the list of people who want to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers is steadily growing. Of course Sterling won’t go down without a long, annoying legal fight, but nevertheless, everyone seems to have interest in the franchise if and when it gets put up for sale. Our favorite potential owner so far? None other Big O.

According to ESPN, Oprah is considering buying the Clippers. The media maven would be part of a team that includes David Geffen and Larry Ellison. If the trio ends up buying the team, we’re setting the over/under for average number of fans who show up to Clippers games with signs that read “You get a win! You get a win! You get a win!” at 455.

Others interested in buying the Clippers include Diddy (He even created his own hashtag #DiddyBuyTheClippers) and Floyd Mayweather, who for some odd reason felt it was necessary to speak of his interest by stating “Do we want to buy the Clippers? Yes we do.”

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Brooklyn Transplant Takes a Stab at Donald Sterling Satire!?

ShutterstockJamesDolanWay too soon. With three hours to go before today’s big press conference by NBA commissioner Adam Silver, writer Eric Golub, recently relocated from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, has published some jokey commentary roping in New York Knicks owner James Dolan.

Never mind that Golub, via his Twitter profile, proclaims himself to be an “author of ideological bigotry, ideological violence and ideological idiocy.” This is no laughing matter. From his piece “New Yorkers Condemn Knicks Owner Dolan for Not Being Racist:”

The only hope is for people of all races to demand that Dolan become a racist. Otherwise, he will never sell the team. Over 50 years after Dr. King gave his “I have a dream” speech, there is only a nightmare for Knicks fans of all races…

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Forbes Names Terrible, Awful, Dammit What The Hell are You Doing New York Knicks Most Valuable NBA Team [Updated]

According to Forbes, The New York Knickerbockers are the most valuable team in the NBA. The Knicks have lost their last four games in a row by an average of 19 points. They paid millions to Andrea Bargnani, a free agent no other team wanted, perhaps because he seems to think spinning like a top is the same thing as playing defense. The Knicks also employ a man named JR Smith. We lack the cognitive ability to comment sanely on Smith, so we’ll just move along.

Despite all this, James Dolan, owner of the Knicks, must be happy. Forbes claims that the Knicks are worth about $1.4 billion, making them number one in the league.

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Sports Illustrated Leaves Miami Heat Off NBA Preview Covers

The Miami Heat, led by some dude named LeBron James, have won the past two NBA championships. Yet Sports Illustrated — when designing its NBA season preview covers — decided that didn’t mean too much, and excluded the team.

Instead of acknowledging the back-to-back champs, readers will see SI covers featuring either the Brooklyn Nets (which we will of course burn), Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose or Steph Curry.

We can see the reasons for a cover featuring Howard and Rose. Curry is a bit of stretch, but the Nets getting a cover and not the Heat? That’s just stupid.

The Heat are the best team with the best player. They deserved a cover from SI. But hey, what do we know? Maybe an old and overrated squad that plays second fiddle to a team that gave a max contract to a player with one knee (we still love you Stat!) was a better choice.

Metta World Peace-Knicks Chatter Framed by ‘The Dunk of Death’

If Metta World Peace played in France, he’d be known as Metta Monde Paix. But instead, per various local reports, the artist formerly known as Ron Artest may get to close out his NBA career with the team he always wanted to play for. The Knicks.

As Daniel Mogollan, a staff writer with allmediany.com, reminds, this would bring things full circle. Back in 1999, instead of drafting Artest, the Knicks chose French player Frédéric Weis.

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Kobe Bryant Vents About Ankle Injury

 

Just when you thought this season couldn’t get any worse for the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant suffered a sprained left ankle in the final seconds of Wednesday’s 96-92 loss to the Atlanta Hawks and is out indefinitely.

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Clipper Accused of Murder After Sick Dunk

If you haven’t seen it by now, Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan had the dunk of the year Sunday night vs. Brandon Knight and the Detroit Pistons.

The dunk was so vicious that not only did Twitter explode, but so did Jordan’s Wikipedia page. According to the Wiki, Jordan was charged for murder after his actions at Staples Center:

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Kobe Bryant Wins on the Court and Twitter

Before Sunday’s Lakers-Mavericks game, Dallas owner Mark Cuban suggested that Los Angeles should use their amnesty clause (fancy way of saying release) on Kobe Bryant in the offseason.

Kobe Bryant being Kobe Bryant, took Cuban’s comments to heart and carried the Lakers on his back in a 103-99 victory with 38 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists.

If that wasn’t bad enough for Cuban to swallow, Bryant tweeted the following after the game:

Welp.

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Magic Johnson Gets Emotional After Buss Tribute

It’s been quite the emotional week for the Los Angeles Lakers family following the death of owner Dr. Jerry Buss.

Returning to the court for the first time since his death on Monday, the Lakers paid tribute to Buss prior to Wednesday’s game vs. the Boston Celtics.

The NBA scheduling Gods delivered as the Lakers-Celtics game was on ESPN, which meant Magic Johnson was able to reflect throughout the night on the impact Buss had on his life in the 30-plus years since he was drafted from Michigan State.

To Johnson, Buss was not just an owner. He was a friend and mentor who Johnson would routinely call for advice. You can truly get the sense how important Buss was to Johnson by his reaction following Kobe Bryant‘s speech to the crowd.

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