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May 28, 2008 10:31 AM

Former Sonics GM lands in Atlanta

Posted by Percy Allen

Sources in Atlanta confirm the Hawks have hired former Sonics general manager Rick Sund to replace Billy Knight who resigned May 7.

Sund, 56, spent six seasons in Seattle. He was hired in 2001 by former president Wally Walker. Sund was replaced last year by Sam Presti and spent the past season as a consultant.

He also worked as an analyst for Fox Sports Northwest.

Sund is a NBA-lifer who began his career with the Milwaukee Bucks in 1974.

During his Sonics tenure, he helped orchestrate arguably the best trade in team history which included Gary Payton and Ray Allen. The Feb. 20, 2003 deal sent Payton and Desmond Mason to Milwaukee for Allen, Ronald 'Flip' Murray, Kevin Ollie and a 2003 first-round draft pick that was used to select Luke Ridnour.

Sund is a shrewd negotiator.

Each year he operated on a tight budget and the Sonics never paid the luxury tax. He was the master of "win-win" negotiating and favored short-term, incentive-laden contracts.

Sund was able to keep Rashard Lewis on the roster with two fair-market contracts and he had the good sense not to overpay when the Sonics free agents hit the market such as Jerome James and Antonio Daniels.

Sund also had an eye for finding undrafted talent such as Damien Wilkins and Reggie Evans.

That's the good stuff. But there's a reason he's no longer the Sonics GM and his poor draft record is as much to blame as the change in ownership.

For some unexplainable reason, Sund can spot undrafted players, however, he's been horrendous at finding players in the draft and in the lottery.

He's drafted 16 players during his five years with the Sonics.

In that group, only Earl Watson (Class of '01), Vladimir Radmanovic (Class of '01) and Willie Green (Class of '03) is a full-time starter. Nick Collison (Class of '03) and Bobby Simmons (Class of '01) are part-time starters and role players.

Luke Ridnour (Class of '03) and Johan Petro (Class of '05) are bench guys.

Six players aren't in the NBA and three (Petro, Robert Swift and Mouhmad Sene) are barely hanging on.

Sund killed his credibililty in Seattle when he drafted a 7-foot project for three consecutiive years. In hindsight, Petro, the 25th pick, was a solid choice because it's difficult to find talent so late in the draft.

However, Sund used the 12th pick in '04 to take Swift and the 10th pick in '06 on Sene. Both have struggled to adapt to the NBA. And even if they weren't rehabbing serious knee injuries, they may not be on a roster next season.

Sund's move to Atlanta caught most people off guard. He will not get the luxury of hiring his own coach because ownership promised Mike Woodson would return. Ownership also seemingly blundered in guaranteeing long-term deals to Josh Smith and Josh Childress. That's a big mistake.

Sund has an established All-Star in Joe Johnson and a rising star in Al Horford.

It will be interesting to see if he has any interest in making deals with the Sonics. Folks here would love it if he would take some of the centers he drafted, but that's highly unlikely.

Still, Sund has always been a Ridnour fan and he may pursue a trade for the much-maligned Sonics guard. Other Sund favorites include Collison, Mickael Gelabale and Chris Wilcox. Atlanta has a gluttony of big forwards which rules out Collison or Wilcox, but Gelabale is a possibility in a trade.

It will be intersting to see of Sund plucks away anyone from the Sonics front office. He had a close relationship with assistant GM Rich Cho. Sund may tab Dave Pendergraft and Steve Rosenberry to join him in Atlanta. Pendergraft was the Sonics director of basketball operations and Rosenberry was the top college scout before being released by Presti.

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May 20, 2008 5:09 PM

No lottery luck for Sonics

Posted by Percy Allen

The Sonics failed to capitalize on their great position in the lottery and rather than picking first or second in the June 26 draft, they fell two spots to fourth place.

Seattle had a 38.9 percent chance of landing one of the top two picks, but the team also had a 31.9 percent chance of falling to fourth.

Obviously that means the Sonics will not have a chance to select Memphis guard Derrick Rose or Kansas State Michael Beasley barring a trade.

It appears unlikely that either Chicago, which has the No. 1 pick, or Miami, which has the second pick, will be willing trade partners. Rose, a Chicago native, makes sense for the Bulls and while Beasley would compliment Heat guard Dwyane Wade.

Still the Sonics have the No. 24th pick and four second-round picks in this year's draft. They also have four combined first-round picks in the 2009 and '10 drafts. That's a lot of ammunition of the team wants to pull off a trade.

League sources said the Sonics are very high on Rose and early forecasts say next year's draft hopefuls won't produce a do-everything point guard like the Memphis freshman.

***UPDATE 6:03 P.M.***

Barring a trade, the so-called draft experts say the next tier of players after Rose and Beasley include USC's guard O.J. Mayo, Stanford center Brook Lopez, Arizona point guard Jerryd Bayless and Indiana guard Eric Gordon.

Expect Italian League forward Danilo Gallinari to rise in the draft because European players traditionally are excellent workout players and some GM will be enamored with the 6-9 swingman. The Sonics already have 6-9 Durant and 6-9 Jeff Green on the wing so Gallinari isn't a good choice for them.

Seattle will likely select Bayless, but don't be surprised if the Sonics slide out of that spot and trade with a team that willing to overlook Mayo's off-court allegations and baggage. Many scouts believe that outside of Rose and Beasley, he's the most talented player in the field.

The character issue will likely cause him to fall to New York at No. 5, however, the Los Angeles Clippers, New Jersey and Indiana may want move up. The Sonics could still fill their point guard needs later in the lottery and select D.J. Augustin, who was Durant's teammate at Texas.

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May 19, 2008 5:26 PM

Schultz's lawsuit gets rolling

Posted by Percy Allen

U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman set a few dates in Howard Schultz's lawsuit against the Sonics ownership group.

The first two dates, June 16 and June 23, pertain to a Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

On June 23, Pechman requires attorneys to meet with her in person or via teleconference and present a Joint Status Report and Discovery Plan, which will be used to determine a schedule for the case.

The attorneys must provide a statement about the nature and complexity of the case.

Other questions that must be answered include whether attorneys want the case to be decided by mediation or arbitration, whether they want a jury trial, the date the case will be ready for trial, the number of trial days required and the length of discovery.

The timing of the dates are interesting because the city of Seattle's case against the Sonics owners begins June 16 and is scheduled to end June 26.

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May 16, 2008 2:34 PM

Sonics conclude two-day camp

Posted by Percy Allen

The Sonics held a summer league team tryout for 19 players on Thursday and Friday.

The team made three players (Anthony Roberson, John Lucas III and Dahntay Jones) available to the press, but declined to provide a complete roster of players at the camp.

Still some of the invitees included former Washington Husky standout Will Conroy, PG Earl Calloway and 6-11 center Larry Turner of the NBDL's Fort Wayne Mad Ants and 6-10 forward Kevin Lyde who played with the Dakota Wizards of the D-League.

The most experienced players in camp were Roberson, Lucas and Jones.

Roberson spent a season in Memphis and Golden State, Lucas played two seasons with the Houston Rockets and Jones played last season in Sacramento before two seasons in Memphis.

Roberson, Lucas and Jones said the Sonics were looking to improve their defensive toughness and all three players fit the bill.

Jones, a 6-6 wing, can play three positions and has built a reputation a poor man's Bruce Bowen. He'll meet with 4-5 teams, including Indiana, Golden State and Denver.

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May 13, 2008 3:50 PM

From Sonics to Barons?

Posted by Jayda Evans

OK, Oklahoma has gone far enough. I understand the Sonics move may be imminent and the Okies should be thrilled they can sort of call themselves a "real" city by gaining the NBA. But the digital alteration of Kevin Durant with this story about the fans-in-waiting loving the idea of their new team being called the Barons laced in black and gold is sickening.

I'm trying to hold onto my objectivity, but it grows harder by the day. Sunday was the topper. I listened to Kevin Calabro call the Lakers game on the radio, remembered fondly with Ronny Turiaf used to play across the state and made it home from the Mariners game in time to see former Sonics F Kurt Thomas help San Antonio stave off New Orleans. Is this really the future of pro hoops in Seattle? I enjoy the Storm, but it's not enough to satisfy this basketball enthusiast.

Anyway, apparently this name game in OKC is a playoff of sorts. Nicknames Barons, Outlaws, Thunderbird, and Thunder have all advance to the Finals. The champion should be named May 16. At least we in Seattle know the real decision is still in June.

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May 13, 2008 12:34 PM

Horford edges Durant in All-Rookie team balloting

Posted by Percy Allen

It's no surprise that Sonics guard Kevin Durant and Atlanta forward Al Horford were the leading vote getters for the All-Rookie team.

What's surprising is Horford was the only unanimous first-team selection. He also tallied 58 points, while Durant received 57. That's a little odd considering Durant easily won the Rookie of the Year award two weeks ago.

The voting panel consisted of the NBA's 30 head coaches. Two points are given for first-team votes and one point for second-team picks. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own players.

Apparently one of the coaches didn't think Durant was a first-team choice and he put the 19-year-old scoring sensation on the second team.

Seattle forward Jeff Green was also a first-team selection. He received 15 first-team votes and 13 second-team votes.

Rodney Stuckey, the former Kentwood HS and Eastern Washington standout, was a second-team choice for the Detroit Pistons.

Here's the press release from the NBA.

SEATTLE'S KEVIN DURANT, ATLANTA'S AL HORFORD HEADLINE
2007-08 T-MOBILE NBA ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

NEW YORK, May 13, 2008 - Kevin Durant of the Seattle SuperSonics and Al
Horford of the Atlanta Hawks headline a talented group of rookies named to
the 2007-08 T-Mobile NBA All-Rookie Team, the NBA announced today. Horford,
the only player unanimously voted to the 2007-08 T-Mobile NBA All-Rookie
Team, finished with 58. Durant, winner of the 2007-08 T-Mobile Rookie of
the Year award, received a total of 57 votes.

Rounding out the T-Mobile NBA All-Rookie First Team are Houston's Luis
Scola (53 points), the Los Angeles Clippers' Al Thornton (48 points) and
Seattle's Jeff Green (43 points).

A five-time T-Mobile Western Conference Rookie of the Month selection
(November, December, January, March and April), Durant averaged a rookie-
and team-high 20.3 points -- 7.6 points higher than any other rookie -- to
go along with 4.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 80 games (all starts). Durant
was the only rookie to lead his team in five statistical categories,
including points, blocks, steals, free throws made and free throw
percentage. Durant also blocked more shots than any other guard in the
league (75). He represented the SuperSonics in the 2008 T-Mobile Rookie
Challenge & Youth Jam, finishing with 23 points and eight rebounds.

A three-time T-Mobile Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month selection
(November, February and March), Horford ranked first among rookies in
double doubles (25), as well as rebounds (9.7 rpg), which was 13th among
all NBA players. Among first year players, Horford also finished sixth in
scoring (10.1 ppg). Horford represented the Hawks in the T-Mobile Rookie
Challenge & Youth Jam, finishing with 19 points, and seven rebounds.

Among rookies, Scola ranked second in both rebounds (6.4 rpg) and
double-doubles (10). Thorton finished second in scoring (12.7 ppg) and
Green finished fourth (10.5 ppg).

The T-Mobile NBA All-Rookie Second Team consists of former D-League player,
Jamario Moon of the Toronto Raptors (38), Memphis' Juan Carlos Navarro
(24), Philadelphia's Thaddeus Young (23), Detroit's Rodney Stuckey (22) and
Houston's Carl Landry (18).

The voting panel consisted of the NBA's 30 head coaches, who were asked to
select five players for the first team and five players for the second
team, regardless of position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for
players on their own team. Two points were awarded for first team votes and
one for second team votes.

Building upon its already strong appeal to the nation's youth and as the
Official Wireless Services Partner of the NBA, T-Mobile is showcasing the
NBA's youngest players -- the Rookies -- through the NBA's Rookie program.
Highlights include rookie awards presentations including the T-Mobile
Rookie of the Year, T-Mobile Rookie of the Month Awards, and the T-Mobile
Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam, an All-Star competition between NBA rookies
and second-year players. During NBA All-Star 2008, T-Mobile Huddle Up and
NBA Cares hosted more than 5,000 local students in the lower bowl of the
arena to watch this year’s Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam. This is a part of
T-Mobile's continued efforts to connect kids to positive people, places and
programs.

Attached are the results of the balloting for the 2007-08 T-Mobile NBA
All-Rookie teams:

2007-08 T-MOBILE NBA ALL-ROOKIE FIRST TEAM

Player Team First (2 pt) Second (1 Pt) Total
Al Horford Atlanta 29 - 58
Kevin Durant Seattle 28 1 57
Luis Scola Houston 26 1 53
Al Thornton LA Clippers 20 8 48
Jeff Green Seattle 15 13 43

2007-08 T-MOBILE NBA ALL-ROOKIE SECOND TEAM

Player Team First (2 pt) Second (1 Pt) Total
Jamario Moon Toronto 12 14 38
Juan Carlos Navarro Memphis 5 14 24
Thaddeus Young Philadelphia 4 15 23
Rodney Stuckey Detroit 5 12 22
Carl Landry Houston 1 16 18

Other players receiving votes, with point totals (first place votes):
Joakim Noah, Chicago, 17 (1); Yi Jianlian, Milwaukee, 13; Nick Young,
Washington, 10 (2); Mike Conley, Memphis, 8 (1); Corey Brewer, Minnesota, 3
(1); Sean Williams, New Jersey, 3; Glen Davis, Boston, 3; Julian Wright, New
Orleans, 2; Jared Dudley, Charlotte, 2; Acie Law, Atlanta, 1; Javaris
Crittenton, Memphis, 1; Aaron Brooks, Houston, 1; Wilson Chandler, New
York, 1; Daequan Cook, Miami, 1.

# # #

***UPDATE 2:31 P.M.*** Just respoinding to a post from jherz13. You're right, I rarely respond to posts. I like to think this is your space and a place for readers to vent and give their opinions. I give my opinion all the time it seems. Far too much for some and apparently not enough for others. Oh well ...

As for Mike Woodson, I called a friend in Atlanta who spoke with Woodson today and my friend said he'd be surprised if the Hawks coach did not vote Durant first team. If we're looking for culprits, I'd suspect Philadelphia's Maurice Cheeks.

I'm assuming it was an Eastern Conference coach and I suggest Cheeks because KD missed the first game against the 76ers and scored just 14 in the second game.

A league's spokesman told me the votes are confidential and we may never know who it was. But honestly, that's the least of my concerns. I'm more curious about who gave first-place votes to Joakim Noah, Mike Conley and Corey Brewer.

Since coaches can't vote for their players there will never be a consensus, but seriously Brewer? He only received three votes and somebody thought he was among the league's top five rookies. Incredible.

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May 12, 2008 4:15 PM

NBA and Sacramento close to an arena deal

Posted by Percy Allen

Just can't seem to figure this one out.

A NBA city annually stonewalls the local franchise in its efforts to build a public/private-financed arena. Ok, that's nothing new.

But in the case of the Sacramento Kings, the league continues to plow forward no matter how many times a tax measure fails and despite resistance from voters.

The Kings have fought for a new arena since 2003, however, the NBA will not abandon Sacramento.

At the behest of the Kings owners, the league took over negotiations in December 2006 and last Friday, the NBA and Cal Expo agreed to a move forward on a joint project to build a $650 million arena at the state fairgrounds.

That's downright insulting to Sonics fans who wish Commissioner David Stern would put half the effort to resolving the arena situation here that he's given to the Kings.

Read the opinion story from Sacramento Bee columinist Marcos Breton. In his piece, Breton references Seattle as a cautionary tale.

He also quotes Stern who says: "We met with the mayor (of Sacramento), she said she'd love to be helpful. We met with the county, they said they'd love to be helpful. We met with the governor, he said he'd love to be helpful. ... They are prudently supportive of something intelligent and for the benefit of taxpayers."

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May 8, 2008 4:23 PM

Ballmer subpoenaed, Weaver hired

Posted by Percy Allen

Microsoft mogul Steve Ballmer has been subpoenaed by attorneys for the Sonics owners. In a filinig dated April 28, Ballmer's attorney Llewelyn Pritchard acknowledged receipt of the subpoena.

It's believed that Ballmer will be deposed even though the discovery process was supposed to have concluded April 30.

Ballmer led a local investment group that offered to pay $150 million toward a $300 million KeyArena renovation project and buy the team from Clay Bennett.

IN OTHER NEWS, the Sonics officially announced the hiring of assistant general manager Troy Weaver today. He replaces Scott Perry, who returned to Detroit after just one season with the Sonics.

Weaver has a good reputation in NBA circles. He's spent the past four seasons with the Utah Jazz and served as director of player personnel last season. He began as a scout with the team.

Before joining Utah, Weaver was an assistant at Pittsburgh, New Mexico and Syracuse where he helped the Orangemen win a national championship. Weaver was instrumental in recruiting Carmelo Anthony and he recruited Sonics rookie Jeff Green, who played three years at Georgetown.

Weaver also coached an AAU team in the Washington D.C. Long after he departure, his team produced Kansas State freshman Michael Beasley, who will be taken no lower than No. 2 in the June 26 draft. Weaver also has ties to Sonics rookie Kevin Durant, who hails the district.

ONE MORE NOTE ... Here's a press release about Nate Robinson's upcoming basketball camp. For more information, contact Matthew Wade, (206) 227-9387.

NY KNICKS GUARD AND FORMER UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON STAR NATE ROBINSON HOSTS "NATE ROBINSON BASKETBALL CAMP" AT MERCER ISLAND'S MERCER VIEW COMMUNITY CENTER

What: New York Knicks guard and former University of Washington star Nate Robinson will host his first-ever "Nate Robinson Basketball Camp" at Mercer Island's Community Center at Mercer View benefiting Mercer Island Parks and Recreation.

The Nate Robinson Basketball Camp will provide boys and girls ages 6-16 with a structured basketball learning experience that encourages team participation and personal development. Robinson will be in attendance everyday instructing campers and helping them with basketball fundamentals. The camp will include guest speakers, low coach-to-camper ratio, several games per day and daily contests.

The cost of the four-day camp is $275. Campers will receive a reversible jersey, autographs, snacks, NY Knicks prizes and much more. Many of Robinson's NBA friends are scheduled to appear at the camp including Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy, NY Knicks teammate Jamal Crawford and Sacramento Kings center Spencer Hawes.

Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Department takes pride in providing the highest quality facilities and services in partnership with the community to enhance livability on Mercer Island.

When: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - Friday, August 1, 2008 9a.m. - 4p.m.

Where: Community Center at Mercer View
8236 SE 24th Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Ph# - 206-275-7609 or www.miparks.net

Visuals: Nate Robinson instructing campers on basketball fundamentals.

Nate Robinson shooting jump shots and playing with campers.

Nate Robinson answering questions from campers.

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May 1, 2008 6:56 PM

Carlesimo will return next season

Posted by Percy Allen

General manager Sam Presti said emphatically today that coach P.J. Carlesimo will return next season.

He tried to dance around the question as he did two weeks, but finally when asked point blank if PJ will be back, he replied: "Absolutely."

It's pretty hard to read between those lines.

During a season-ending meeting with reporters on April 17, Presti dodged three questions about Carlesimo's tenure, which led to rampant unsusbstantiated speculation that the team would make a coaching change.

I never thought it was going to happen partly because Presti has shown himself to be meticulous person who examines the issue from every conceivable angle before making a move. Privately, I heard Presti was suprised that his non-committal created such a commotion.

Those fans frustrated with Carlesimo had dreams of Avery Johnson, Mike D'Antoni, Sam Mitchell or Rick Carlisle coaching this team. Granted some of those guys are still employed, but they are on the proverbial hot seat.

Kevin Durant downplayed any type of player uprising against Carlesimo. In fact, the newest Rookie of the Year said he enjoyed playing for ther fiery coach and hopes he's coaching the team for many more years.

SOME THOUGHTS ON TODAYS'S ROY PRESENTATION ... The T-Mobile headquarters was a strange venue for the event. I know the company is the sponsor for the award, but it would have been nice if fans were allowed to attend. As it were, roughly 300-400 T-Mobile employees gathered in the parking lot to witness Durant win the ROY.

Noticeably absent were any Sonics players. When Brandon Roy won the award last year, he was surrounded by 4-5 Portland Trail Blazer teammates. I understand players may be out of town or vacationing, but it seems strange that nobody turned out for the show. Representing the Sonics were: GM Sam Presti, coach P.J. Carlesimo, assistants Ralph Lewis and Brian Keefe, a few front office employees and Squatch.

Chairman Clay Bennett was not there, however, an Oklahoma City television news crew made the trip.

Kudos to T-Mobile for donating $49,700 to the New Orleans Recovery School District. The company pledged $20 per point during the month when the Rookie of the Month won the award. Durant tallied $28,500 during the five months he won the award.

More kudos to the Goodwin Sports Management. The Seattle-based boutique-style sports agency had the first and second-place finishers in the ROY voting. Atlanta's Al Horford finished second. Durant is the fifth Rookie of the Year for GSM, joining Jason Kidd, Chris Webber, Damon Stoudamire and LeBron James.

And finally ... the Sonics moved up one spot in the upcoming NBA Draft last week when Phoenix won a tie-breaker with Houston and will select at No. 23. The Suns, who finished the regular season tied with the Rockets, will give their pick to Seattle because of the Kurt Thomas trade.

2008 FIRST ROUND DRAFT CHOICE ORDER

The teams entered in the lottery, to be held on May 20, 2008, are as follows (note: the first three picks in the Draft will be determined by the lottery and the remainder of the "lottery teams" will select in positions 4 through 14 in inverse order of their consolidated standings at the end of the regular season):

TEAMRECORDLOTTERY CHANCES (out of 1,000)
Miami 15-67 250
Seattle20-62199
Minnesota 22-60 138
Memphis 22-60 137
New York 23-59 76
LA Clippers 23-59 75
Milwaukee 26-56 43
Charlotte 32-50 28
Chicago 33-49 17
New Jersey 34-48 11
Indiana 36-46 8
Sacramento 38-44 7
Portland 41-41 6
Golden State 48-34 5
The order for the remainder of the first round picks is as follows:
15. Atlanta (To Phoenix) 37-45
16. Philadelphia 40-42
17. Toronto 41-41
18. Washington 43-39
19. Cleveland 45-37
20. Denver 50-32
21. Dallas (To New Jersey) 51-31
22. Orlando 52-30
23. Utah 54-28
24. Phoenix (To Seattle)55-27
25. Houston 55-27
26. San Antonio 56-26
27. New Orleans 56-26
28. LA Lakers (To Memphis) 57-25
29. Detroit 59-23
30. Boston 66-16


2008 SECOND ROUND DRAFT CHOICE ORDER

31. Miami (To Minnesota via Boston)
32. Seattle
33/34. Memphis (To Portland)
33/34. Minnesota
35/36. LA Clippers
35/36. New York (To Portland)
37. Milwaukee
38. Charlotte
39. Chicago
40. New Jersey
41. Indiana
42. Atlanta (To Sacramento)
43. Sacramento
44. Philadelphia (To Utah)
45. Toronto (To San Antonio)
46. Portland (To Seattle via Boston)
47. Washington
48. Cleveland (To Phoenix)
49. Golden State
50. Denver (To Seattle)
51. Dallas
52. Orlando (To Miami)
53. Utah
54. Houston
55. Phoenix (To Portland via Indiana)
56. New Orleans (To Seattle via Houston)
57. San Antonio
58. LA Lakers
59. Detroit
60. Boston

*Please note that teams that finished the regular season with identical records will select in the second round in the reverse of the order in which they select in the first round. With respect to the ties between Memphis and Minnesota (33 and 34); and the Los Angeles Clippers and New York (35 and 36): since the order of selection in the first round for each set of teams may change based on the results of the Draft Lottery, the order of selection in the second round cannot be determined until after the Draft Lottery is conducted (on May 20, 2008).


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May 1, 2008 2:01 PM

Jamal Crawford to host benefit in Seattle

Posted by Jayda Evans

New York guard Jamal Crawford is returning to his native Seattle, a normal off-season routine. This summer, he'll also host a benefit for Seattle Public Schools. Here's the press release for the June 14 festivites.

NY KNICKS GUARD AND FORMER RAINIER BEACH ALUM JAMAL CRAWFORD HOSTS "HIGH TOPS AND HELPING HANDS" AT SEATTLE'S "TALARIS" TO BENEFIT SEATTLE PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS CERTIFIED ATHLETIC TRAINER SPORTS MEDICINE PROGRAM

SEATTLE -- New York Knicks guard Jamal Crawford and the Jamal Crawford Foundation present a Saturday night filled with fun, interactive games and celebrities June 14 to benefit Seattle Public High Schools Certified Athletic Trainer Sports Medicine Programs. Jamal Crawford Foundation's "High Tops and Helping Hands" will begin at 6p.m. on June 14 at Talaris Conference Center located at 4000 NE 41st Street in Seattle's Laurelhurst community. Admission to this evening of great entertainment is a tax-deductible contribution of $175 per person. VIP Party tickets are available at a cost of $300.

"High Tops and Helping Hands" will include interactive games, mingling with local-area pro athletes including Portland Trail Blazer guards Brandon Roy and Martell Webster, Sacramento Kings center Spencer Hawes and a special-guest performance by the Roosevelt High School Jazz Ensemble. The benefit will help provide quality sports medicine training for trainers responsible for Seattle Public High School student-athletes.

"The Jamal Crawford Foundation is thrilled to be presenting this fun and entertaining event that will raise awareness and funds for Seattle Public High School Certified Athletic Trainers program -- protecting our student-athletes," said Crawford, who established his foundation in 2005. "The work of athletic trainers is essential. As parents of student-athletes, we want to know that our children will receive the best medical care on and off the playing field. Athletic Trainers are the first wave of treatment for student-athletes that face such unfortunate circumstances."

The Jamal Crawford Foundation is currently taking reservations for the June 14 "High Tops and Helping Hands" event up until 6 p.m. on Friday, June 13. Tickets and VIP reservations for the fund-raising event can be arranged by calling Matthew Wade, executive director of the Jamal Crawford Foundation, at (206) 227-9387. Only a few tickets for June 14 will be available at the door the evening of the event.

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