I’d meant to put these interviews up a couple of nights ago, but the gunfight at the Not-so-Ok Corral (story linked) caused a bit of a delay. Billy Hunter’s fiery appearance after the NBA players meeting in Beverly Hills was the latest turn in this tired drama.
For more tidbits on Friday’s events, check out my Twitter feed here. Otherwise, here’s the latest round of media appearances discussing the lunacy behind this lockout from the last week.
FOX NEWS BUSINESS – With Madison Square Garden’s stock nearing a 52-week low, we break down the numbers and the issues.
NEWS10 in SACRAMENTO – Sports Anchor Bryan May and I break down what’s next for the league at large and the Kings.
CBS13 in SACRAMENTO – News anchor Sam Shane and I discuss whether the Kings owners will suffer during the lockout as they attempt to secure a new arena.
KNBR in SAN FRANCISCO – I join “The Razor & Mr. T” to talk lockout.
SPORTS BUSINESS RADIO – Talking lockout with Brian Berger in Portland.
And the winner of the lockout news cycle award goes to…
The Golden State Warriors.
With all due respect to the National Basketball Players Association folks who have led the league’s players to a PR victory over the owners on the labor front, no organization has captured all the right kinds of headlines during the work stoppage like those boys by the Bay. It’s quite a feat considering the changed set of rules in this media game, as team officials could no longer discuss their own players and thus were relegated to spreading the good word on the ownership, front office and coaching fronts.
There was plenty of that for the Warriors.
But while there were rave reviews given to owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber for the additions of former agent Bob Myers as assistant general manager, the legendary Jerry West as consultant, the compelling Mark Jackson as coach, the well-respected Michael Malone as his lead assistant, and the popular subtraction of scorned team president Robert Rowell, none of those moves resonated outside of the sports world like the latest hiring of Rick Welts. In case you somehow haven’t heard, Golden State’s new chief operating officer and team president is gay.