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NBA threatens Blazers GM Buchanan with $1 M fine?

Posted on: July 13, 2011 4:32 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 12:41 pm
 
The NBA reportedly threatened Portland Trail Blazers Acting GM Chad Buchanan with a $1 million fine. Posted by Ben Golliver. lockout

The second the NBA lockout went into effect on July 1, the league took great care to make its players disappear. The NBA ordered mammoth fines if team executives made public reference to current players and, in a particularly petty move, scrubbed NBA.com of references to current players.

As of yet, no fines have been publicly announced for violating the league's lockout-induced gag order on team executives.

However, the Portland Tribune reports that at least one has been threatened with a $1 million hit for a seemingly innocuous comment.
The league office has prohibited the teams’ employees from commenting on players. Employees can talk about team issues, evidently, but not about players.

“There’s a line in the sand that the NBA has drawn for everybody, but nobody knows exactly where the line is,” one NBA team employee says. “Everybody is scared, not wanting to be the first to be hit with a fine.”

Witness a recent interview with Trail Blazers acting General Manager Chad Buchanan. When it was observed that it’s too bad there is no summer league scheduled, Buchanan replied, “Yeah.”

Shortly thereafter, the league threatened Buchanan with a $1 million fine, according to one source. 

Update: Buchanan went a little further than simply saying "yeah," telling The Oregonian in June that the cancellation of Summer League was "disappointing" and "not ideal." 

Clearly, that's ridiculous. It's also a little scary that the NBA league office is monitoring public comments that closely. But, hey, it's their perogative and their policy.

That policy faces a much more interesting test case thanks to Minnesota Timberwolves president David Kahn.

On Tuesday, the Timberwolves called a press conference to announce the firing of head coach Kurt Rambis. During the question-and-answer portion of the press conference, Kahn made reference to at least two current Timberwolves: center Brad Miller and guard Ricky Rubio.

Speaking about the youth of his team, Kahn said it was possible that even with the addition of the 35-year-old Miller, who was acquired in a draft day trade with the Houston Rockets, the Timberwolves could still have the youngest average age in the NBA. Kahn also briefly discussed Rubio in response to a question about what the Spanish point guard would do during the lockout.

To make matters worse, Kahn's comments were streamed live on video on the team's official website, NBA.com/Timberwolves. In other words, the NBA league office can't help but be aware of them. (An edited, condensed version of the press conference archived on the site leaves out the references to both Miller and Rubio.)

The NBA has reached its first pivotal fork in the road during this lockout period when it comes to this policy. Commissioner David Stern can either look the other way on a blatant violation of his very clear, oft-repeated and referenced  gag order policy or he can fine Kahn as his office has reportedly threatened to fine Buchanan. If the league chooses to fine Kahn, who was fined $50,000 last year for comments made about forward Michael Beasley, does it keep its word and go for the full million dollars? After posing in dictatorial fashion for the last two weeks, the NBA can't let the first obvious violator off easily, can it?
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Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2011 12:12 am
 

NBA threatens Blazers GM Buchanan with $1 M fine?

Interesting how a site "scrubbed" of references to current players has a link to players at the top of the page filled with a list of *gasp* current players! Nice detective work Sherlock. Hell, there is even a link on the headlines talking about players receiving money. I doubt they are talking about the retirees of the 1999 season either.



Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2011 7:59 pm
 

NBA threatens Blazers GM Buchanan with $1 M fine?


 I think if the media would not ask questions that pertain to players  or to any NBA basketball questions other than " when are you greeedy bastards going to play ball again" everything would be just fine. As for fines...david Stern cant run a baskeball business so lets fine people to make up costs of my mistakes. Wait lets axe most of the low paying gents working for me too. I need my 5 mil per year. Jakazz



Since: Jun 1, 2011
Posted on: July 14, 2011 1:52 pm
 

NBA threatens Blazers GM Buchanan with $1 M fine?

Wow how jaded are you? is that seriously the way you see david kahn? Do you really think that he should get a free pass on a rule that the league expressly stated that forbade teams from talking about their own player's? Just because he is a moron doesnt mean he should get a free ride. Does it really make sense to you that buchanan should get fined for making a comment about the summer league cancellation ( in which he never mentioned any players names) and Kahn should get a free pass when he talks about two of his current players? Please.. I'm not arguine with you that he is an idiot or whatever, I mean he basically said that the reason the twolves lost the lottery was because of dan gilbert's son.. nuff said.



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2011 1:37 am
 

NBA fining David Kahn is just wrong

Ok, NBA, use your muscle to scare Chad Buchanon (who makes far less than $1M per year), fine Mark Cuban (I assume by now you have direct withdrawal authority for his bank account) but hands off David Kahn.

Why not Kahn? Because these others mentioned are intelligent men who know what they are doing. This is fair for them. You can expect Buchanon and Cuban to get it when you call. David Kahn? I should let you be the judge. Would you whip a puppy for leaking on the rug? Then maybe you would fine Kahn. Would you send your 4-year old child to bed for three days for not eating his peas? Well then maybe you would fine Kahn. Would you expect your teenage daughter to be without her cell phone for a week? Then maybe you fine Kahn.

Everyone picks on David Kahn and I am tired of it. He cannot help being who he is. He cannot help having a point guard addiction (currently 4). He needs help, not scorn. He cannot help stacking up power forwards (four again) - maybe he thinks he can corner the market. It is not David Kahn's fault. Some people make assessments and decisions quickly. David Kahn can't help it if he could not decide how long he wanted to make coach Rambis twist in the wind following his 17 win season. People have to give allowance for the disabled cognitively challenged among us. So hands off David Kahn, Mr. Stern. He needs more time to assimilate the directives and rules and apply them.


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Since: Jul 9, 2011
Posted on: July 13, 2011 9:56 pm
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Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2011 9:40 pm
 

NBA threatens Blazers GM Buchanan with $1 M fine?

This is hilarious.  David Stern still doing the same old fear based schtick on the NBA.  Look, players call owners/management out during lockouts/strikes, it actually makes no sense that owners/management cannot reference the athletes at the same time.  I get it that David Stern likes using the whole no see/no know policy during these time-periods, but it really is assinine to try and get everyone to follow such a ridiculous plan.  An NBA press conference will inevitably have players referenced. 

David Stern should have simply issued some NO "Press Conference" policy for the lockout.  Instead of making badly interpretable no player name reference gag orders, which can be poorly interpreted by management personel with their lack of training on interpreting crazy David Stern ideologies.  If David wants people to understand his policies you pay & train NBA management personal on understanding David Stern speak and what it means.  Simple stuff. 

Now.  You only make two Press Conferences in a lockout, the start and end as management.  No team should be making team specific press conferences during said lockout.  Make the simple Press Release during lockouts when it comes to personel decisions.  Problems solved.



Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2011 9:40 pm
 

NBA threatens Blazers GM Buchanan with $1 M fine?

This is hilarious.  David Stern still doing the same old fear based schtick on the NBA.  Look, players call owners/management out during lockouts/strikes, it actually makes no sense that owners/management cannot reference the athletes at the same time.  I get it that David Stern likes using the whole no see/no know policy during these time-periods, but it really is assinine to try and get everyone to follow such a ridiculous plan.  An NBA press conference will inevitably have players referenced. 

David Stern should have simply issued some NO "Press Conference" policy for the lockout.  Instead of making badly interpretable no player name reference gag orders, which can be poorly interpreted by management personel with their lack of training on interpreting crazy David Stern ideologies.  If David wants people to understand his policies you pay & train NBA management personal on understanding David Stern speak and what it means.  Simple stuff. 

Now.  You only make two Press Conferences in a lockout, the start and end as management.  No team should be making team specific press conferences during said lockout.  Make the simple Press Release during lockouts when it comes to personel decisions.  Problems solved.


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