Archive for November 9th, 2011

About 70 part-time Amway Center employees working for the city of Orlando have been informed that their jobs have been cut and the work turned over to private firms, the city said Wednesday.

Although the NBA lockout drags on, officials say the cuts were the result of a review comparing operations at the new home of the Orlando Magic with its predecessor, the Amway Arena.

City spokeswoman Heather Fagan said in a statement Wednesday that staffing the new arena is “very different” from the old one, and the review bore that out.

“It was determined one of the changes, should be the shifting of part-time, in-house security staff to the outside security firm of Andy Frain,” Fagan said.

– Reported by Jeff Weiner of the Orlando Sentinel

kris humphries

Kim Kardashian is not reconciling with Kris Humphries, and the divorce is full steam ahead … this according to sources with first-hand knowledge of the situation.

We’re told even though Kim is somewhat conflicted, she knows divorce is the right thing to do, and the purpose of the trip to Minnesota last weekend was to create face-to-face closure.

– Reported by TMZ

Polish team cuts Alonzo Gee

alonzo gee

Asseco Prokom announced Wednesday that it released forward Alonzo Gee from the club effective immediately. According to a press release from the club, Gee was dropped “as a consequence of breach of obligations specified in contract.”

In three Turkish Airlines Euroleague games with the Polish champs, Gee averaged 11 points and 6.3 rebounds.

– Reported by Euroleague.net

Donte Greene

The 2011 Goon Squad Classic will take place Nov. 20 at the Pavilion on the UC Davis campus. Tickets go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m.

The Goon Squad is the nickname Kings reserves gave themselves last season…

Greene has commitments from teammates Tyreke Evans, DeMarcus Cousins, Jason Thompson and Hassan Whiteside, along with draft picks Jimmer Fredette and Isaiah Thomas.

Washington Wizards guard John Wall is expected to play, along with New Orleans forward Quincy Pondexter and former Kings center Spencer Hawes.

Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, who would be the biggest star in the game, is scheduled to play barring changes in his schedule, Greene said.

– Reported by Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee

Hall of Famer Ed Macauley dies at 83

Ed Macauley, one of the NBA’s first big stars who won a championship with the St. Louis Hawks and was traded by the Boston Celtics for Bill Russell, has died. He was 83.

Saint Louis University announced Macauley’s death on Tuesday. The school had no other details. “Easy Ed” was a standout player with the Billikens, leading them to the 1948 NIT title.

Macauley was elected to the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 1960. A native of St. Louis, he was a territorial pick of that city’s Basketball Association of America franchise, the Bombers. He played there for one season and then was selected by the Celtics in a 1950 dispersal draft.

Macauley played for the Celtics from the 1950-51 season until 1955-56. He and the draft rights to future Hall of Famer Cliff Hagan were traded by Boston to the St. Louis Hawks on April 29, 1956, for the rights to Russell, a move that changed the power structure of the NBA.

– Reported by the Associated Press

george karl

With no basketball to coach, George Karl is tending to his other passion in life: fighting cancer, a disease he has beaten twice.

The Nuggets coach lent his voice Tuesday to the American Cancer Society and Quest Diagnostics, which are teaming up on a nationwide cancer prevention study. It aims to follow 300,000 people for 20 to 30 years to see how genetics, lifestyle and the environment affect cancer risk.

“There are a lot of people who want to get into this fight who don’t have cancer, and this is one way,” Karl said.

Karl is 21 months removed from a brutal battle with neck cancer, which came a few years after he beat prostate cancer. His son Coby is a survivor of lymph-node cancer.

– Reported by the Associated Press

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