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The New York Gotham Ballers of the Champions Basketball League are the city’s only publicly owned pro team, and while they may not have the kind of star power most NBA teams bring to the court, the Gotham Ballers are encroaching on rare air by allowing fans access to the owner’s suite, so to speak. “We kind of made real the fantasy sports idea, didn’t we?” league CEO Carl George said. NY Daily News
While Gotham Ballers represent the only chance regular New Yorkers may have of owning a piece of a professional sports franchise, the CBL [Champions Basketball League] represents life after the NBA for select players trying to get another season or two out of their diminished legs, trying to continue earning a paycheck for playing ball. NY Daily News
For a minimum investment of $140, fans can buy at least 20 shares ($7 each) of the team. The maximum investment by a single person is limited to $25,000. Ownership qualifies for different levels of fan-owner perks like VIP parking, access to players and coaches, and travel to road games with the team. NY Daily News
Fans can buy common shares for a small piece of the Gotham Ballers, an idea that originated as a club for fans to buy into that earns them dozens of “super-fan owner perks,” according to George. Up to 20 percent of the team is open for public bid and so far, more than 1,000 fans have invested more than $438,000 for a piece of the franchise, about half the team’s stated goal of $1 million. NY Daily News
For the Gotham Ballers, that means team president Walt “Clyde” Frazier, general manager Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, and coach John Wallace, all former Knicks. “This wasn’t something I was actually looking for when it came to me,” Wallace said, “but when you see something so cool and intriguing and new, to get a chance to be a part of it from the ground up is pretty awesome.” NY Daily News
As competitive as Kerr is, we know this: it must be pretty bad if he is missing a playoff game. He is expected to miss the remainder of this Western Conference series. “Oh no,” one source said about Kerr returning this series. “He thinks like a player does, wanting to get back. But he’s got to get right.” Moving forward, the health of Kerr is the one to watch. Not Durant. Not guard Shaun Livingston or forward Matt Barnes, whose second straight missed game leaves the Warriors’ bench shorthanded. San Jose Mercury News
But Kerr’s health is a sensitive subject for the Warriors. They are acutely aware of how devastating his surgery-gone-wrong has been for his life and how admirably he’s fought through it. Kerr missed the first 43 games of the 2015-16 season due to complications from back surgery. A spinal fluid leak left him with debilitating headaches and nausea, among other ailments. Even when he returned, he wasn’t 100 percent. His suffering was just manageable. San Jose Mercury News
The L.A. Clippers announced that forward Blake Griffin will miss the remainder of the 2017 NBA Playoffs with an injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe suffered during the Clippers’ 111-106 win over the Utah Jazz in Game 3 of their Western Conference First Round Playoff series. Inside Hoops
The most critical offseason in the franchise’s history has come early, courtesy of news that [Blake] Griffin will miss the remainder of the playoffs because of damage to the plantar plate on his big right toe. Chris Paul and Doc Rivers promised the Clippers will be ready to take on Utah Jazz in Game 4 of their opening-round playoff series Sunday, but this is something more far-reaching than that. LA Times
Griffin is expected to void the remainder of his contract and become a free agent this offseason. Paul is too. J.J. Redick will also be a free agent. A franchise characterized by stability in recent years could be on the verge of a major upheaval. LA Times
And perhaps Griffin also has other ideas. Unlike Paul, he doesn’t qualify for a newly implemented “super maximum” contract, meaning he would be costing himself less money if he signs elsewhere. And, unlike the 31-year-old Paul, the 28-year-old Griffin probably has another large contract ahead of the deal he will sign this summer. LA Times
As of early Saturday night, the NBA had not announced the result of its investigation into an incident that took place after Friday's Thunder-Rockets playoff game between Houston guard Patrick Beverley and an Oklahoma City fan. Beverley exchanged words after the game with a fan identified as Stuart Scaramucci, the son of Thunder minority owner Jay Scaramucci, an incident that appeared to have been sparked by a second-quarter interaction during Friday's 115-113 Thunder win at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Oklahoman
After Beverley was fouled on a second-quarter drive, he tumbled to the floor in front of Stuart Scaramucci's second-row seat, as shown on video posted Saturday to ESPN.com. On the ESPN video, Scaramucci appeared to say something to Beverley after he hit the floor. As he stood up, Beverley pointed at Scaramucci, who clapped a noisemaker into the palm of his left hand as Rockets forward Nene stepped in front of Beverley. Oklahoman
The Trail Blazers say center Jusuf Nurkic will play and start tonight vs the Warriors. InsideHoops Twitter
The Warriors will be without their coach and star small forward for Game 3 in Portland on Saturday night, plus a pair of other rotation pieces. Steve Kerr will not coach because of an illness. Kevin Durant will be sidelined for a second straight game because of a calf strain, the team announced. Matt Barnes (foot sprain) and Shaun Livingston (hand contusion) also remain out. San Jose Mercury News
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