Archive for November 6th, 2011

Authorities say they are investigating the death of an athletic trainer for the Harlem Globetrotters after he was found shot in his Colorado home.

Weld County sheriff spokeswoman Margie Martinez said Saturday that the girlfriend of 42-year-old Thomas Bashline’s called deputies around 4:30 p.m. Friday, saying she had found him unresponsive in a bedroom. Bashline’s home is 11 miles west of Frederick in northern Colorado.

Investigators responding to the scene determined he had died.

– Reported by the Associated Press

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A game that was supposed to help Warriors fans heal from the dismantling of the 2007 “We Believe” squad turned into a night filled with hope for the future when Davis said, “What’s up Bay Area?” and then pointed toward the Warriors’ baby-faced No. 30.

“Stephen Curry: The future,” Davis announced.

Curry had 34 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds in the current Warriors’ 158-153 victory over the “We Believe” squad, putting to rest many of the “what-ifs” that remained regarding the disassembled playoff squad of 2007.

“The future sounds about right to me,” said swingman Dorell Wright, who led all scorers with 41 points. “Coming from B.D., that means a lot. He’s a brilliant person who puts his mind into everything. If he puts his stamp on something like that, he means it.” …

The game raised funds for the Athletes vs. Cancer Foundation, a charity created by Matt Barnes, whose gritty play is a microcosm of the 2007 team.

Barnes was joined by former teammates Jason Richardson and Harrington, and former Warriors who weren’t on that squad (Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison, C.J. Watson, Anthony Morrow and Corey Maggette).

The current “Dubs” lineup featured Curry, David Lee and Wright, while reserves Lou Amundson, Charlie Bell, Jeremy Lin and Jeremy Tyler also played. Ellis (family matter) and Biedrins (overseas) didn’t show, and Ekpe Udoh was in street clothes, along with rookies Klay Thompson and Charles Jenkins.

– Reported by Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle

Commissioner David Stern gave NBA players an offer and a deadline: Accept a chance to earn up to 51 percent of basketball-related income by Wednesday or get ready for a deal that’s a whole lot worse.

He wouldn’t call it an ultimatum, but it didn’t sure sit well with the union.

“The players will not be intimidated,” attorney Jeffrey Kessler said early Sunday after eight hours of negotiations stretched late into the night. “They want to play, they want a season, but they are not going to sacrifice the future of all NBA players under these types of threats of intimidation. It’s not happening on Derek Fisher’s watch; it’s not happening on Billy Hunter’s watch; it’s not happening on the watch of this executive committee.”

Kessler said the proposal was really 50.2 percent for the players and called the chance of them ever reaching 51 percent a “fraud” and an “illusion.”

Whatever. If players don’t agree to it by Wednesday, Stern said they would get a deal that would guarantee them just 47 percent of BRI and call for a flex salary cap.

– Reported by Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press 

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