Jul 072011
Armen Gilliam

RIP Armen Gilliam

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Armen Gilliam, former Nets forward and member of UNLV Final Four team, dies after pickup hoops game

July 7 New York Daily News:

Former Nets and UNLV power forward Armen Gilliam died Tuesday night after playing a pickup game of hoops at the LA Fitness gym in Bridgeville, Penn. He was 47.  The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office said Wednesday that the cause of death had not yet been determined pending an autopsy, which was likely to be completed later in the day.

NBA’s response to July 6 story on league’s financial losses

July 7 NBA.com:

The NBA supplied The New York Times yesterday with a point by point rebuttal of Nate Silver’s blog posting on the NBA’s financial losses. The New York Times incorporated the NBA’s response into the online version of the story with the following acknowledgement from the reporter: “I simply have no way to adjudicate the NBA’s claims.”  In today’s print edition, The New York Times inexplicably chose to ignore almost all of the NBA’s responses, despite the fact that Nate Silver’s blog was based solely on two sources: Forbes Magazine and a now defunct magazine called Financial World which as best we know went out of business in 1998.

NBA on defensive early in labor lockout

July 7 USA Today:

In a time-honored tradition of labor disputes, the NBA is on the defensive against claims that its financial losses are grossly overstated.  The New York Times, in an analysis Tuesday by Nate Silver in the paper’s FiveThirtyEight blog mostly dedicated to politics, reported the NBA “is fundamentally a healthy and profitable business. In addition, it is not clear that growth in player salaries, which has been modest compared to other sports and which is strictly pegged to league revenue, is responsible for the league’s difficulties.”

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