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July 9, 2008 1:01 PM

Stern tries to block Schultz's lawsuit

Posted by Percy Allen

After months of sitting on the sideline, the NBA has finally entered the high-stakes game between Clay Bennett and Howard Schultz.

Obviously, Commissioner David Stern is pulling for Bennett, who bought the Sonics and paid a $45 million buyout to move the team to Oklahoma City. Stern filed a motion Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Seattle to block Schultz's lawsuit which would rescind the 2006 sale of the team.

Schultz claims he was deceived when he sold the team and wants to put it into a collective trust and sell to an "honest buyer."

Stern says that's impossible because the league constitution doesn't allow teams to be put into a collective trust. If there was a dispute in the sale, ironically, Stern becomes the caretaker of the team and decides the course of action.

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July 7, 2008 3:55 PM

Photos of new OKC team

Posted by Percy Allen

The team-formerly-known-as-the-Sonics took the court today against the Indiana Pacers in the Orlando Pro Summer League. The Oklahoma City team wore generic jerseys, however, it was a stark contrast from the old green and gold garb of the Sonics.

Here's a few pics.

Sonics_No_More_Basketball_FLJR104.JPG Oklahoma City Forward Jeff Green, left, goes up for a shot against Indiana Pacers forward Stephen Graham during an NBA summer league basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Monday, July 7, 2008. (AP Photo/John Raoux) Sonics_No_More_Basketball_FLJR105.JPG

Oklahoma City's Guard Russell Westbrook (0) scrambles for a loose ball against Indiana Pacers' Earl Calloway during an NBA summer league basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Monday, July 7, 2008. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

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July 2, 2008 5:25 PM

They're gone

Posted by Percy Allen

Here's our latest story.

Just wanted to provide a place where anyone can vent.

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July 2, 2008 11:49 AM

City and the Sonics discussing settlement?

Posted by Percy Allen

That's what the Oklahoman is reporting on their website in this story.

Apparently, City Councilmember Richard McIiver says talks are being held up by Howard Schultz's lawsuit.

"I hear that they were trying to work one up but I didn't know whether they were successful or not," Councilman Richard McIver told The Oklahoman . "And I thought it was around something where (the Sonics owners) were trying to get Seattle to involve Schultz's suit withdrawal and that didn't come out, so I guess it fell apart."

I'm making phone calls trying to confirm if talks are ongoing.

Judge Marsha Pechman is scheduled to post her ruling in the trial at 4 p.m.

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July 1, 2008 6:09 PM

Summer league roster released

Posted by Percy Allen

Second-year forward Jeff Green and rookie Russell Westbrook highlight the Sonics summer league roster, which begins the Orlando Pro Summer League on Monday. Rookie Serge Ibaka, taken 24th in last week draft, will not compete.

Six teams will play five games at the RDV Sportsplex in Orlando. The games are closed to the public.

The other teams (and their top rookies) include: Chicago (Derrick Rose), Indiana (Brandon Rush and Roy Hibbert), New Jersey (Brook Lopez, Ryan Anderson, Chris Douglas-Roberts), Miami (Michael Beasley and Mario Chalmers) and Orlando (Courtney Lee).

Here's the Sonics roster.

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate From 2007-08 Season

0 Russell Westbrook G 6-3 190 11/12/88 UCLA UCLA

2 Devin Green F 6-7 210 10/25/82 Hampton Italy

3 D.J. White F 6-9 250 8/31/86 Indiana Indiana

5 Mykal Riley F 6-6 185 7/14/85 Alabama Alabama

8 Ndudi Ebi F 6-9 200 6/18/84 Westbury Christian HS (TX) Israel

11 Aaron Bruce G 6-3 185 12/19/84 Baylor Baylor

12 Ronald Dupree F 6-7 210 1/26/81 Louisiana State Sonics/Det/NBDL

22 Jeff Green F 6-9 235 8/28/86 Georgetown Sonics

23 Ronell Taylor G 6-5 200 7/26/82 UAB Slovenia

30 Justin Williams F/C 6-10 260 5/12/84 Wyoming Sac/Hou

42 Brian Randle F 6-8 220 2/8/85 Illinois Illinois

44 Nick Lewis F/C 6-10 235 4/20/83 San Diego NBDL

50 DeVon Hardin C 6-11 250 6/3/86 California California

Coaches: Scott Brooks, Ralph Lewis, Mark Bryant, Brian Keefe
Assistant Coach/Dir. Of Video Scouting: Walt Rock
Assistant Coach/Athletic Performance: Dwight Daub
Athletic Trainer: Mike Shimensky
Equipment Manager: Marc St. Yves

Date Matchup Pacific Time (PT) Location
Monday, July 7 vs. Indiana 12 p.m. RDV Sportsplex
Tuesday, July 8 vs. Orlando 2 p.m.* RDV Sportsplex
Wednesday, July 9 vs. New Jersey 2 p.m.* RDV Sportsplex
Thursday, July 10 vs. Miami 4 p.m.** RDV Sportsplex
Friday, July 11 vs. Chicago 10 a.m.* RDV Sportsplex


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Recent entries

Jul 9, 08 - 01:01 PM
Stern tries to block Schultz's lawsuit

Jul 7, 08 - 03:55 PM
Photos of new OKC team

Jul 2, 08 - 05:25 PM
They're gone

Jul 2, 08 - 11:49 AM
City and the Sonics discussing settlement?

Jul 1, 08 - 06:09 PM
Summer league roster released

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