Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer says his team has a bigger target in mind than overcoming the legacy of the Los Angelese Lakers and becoming the city’s No. 1 basketball team. Ballmer, in an interview with Business Insider, said the Clippers have their sights set on the rest of the NBA, too.
“Our ultimate goal isn’t to beat one other team,” Ballmer told Business Insider. “It’s to beat 29 other teams. If you tell me you were the top team in L.A., but the 28th team in the league, I say to heck with that. “So in a sense, the best way to beat the Lakers is also to be the No. 1 team in the world, and that’s what we’re aspiring to do.”
Lakers Ink Jersey Sponsor Deal with Wish
The Los Angeles Lakers will wear the Wish logo on their jerseys starting this season after agreeing to a three-year deal with the California-based e-commerce mobile app company.
The Lakers’ multiyear deal with Wish — a company that rose to prominence recently as a sponsor of the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight — will be for $12-14 million annually, as first reported by the Sports Business Journal. The jersey sponsorship ranks second behind the Golden State Warriors’ deal with Rakuten, which is worth $20 million annually and includes naming rights to the Warriors’ team facility.
T-Wolves Sign Veteran Guard Aaron Brooks
The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed veteran guard Aaron Brooks, finalizing their training camp roster at 17 players.
Terms of the deal were not announced. Brooks, 32, spent the 2016-17 season with the Indiana Pacers, averaging 5.0 points, 1.9 assists and 1.1 rebounds in 65 appearances.
NBA Refs Can Now Rule Dangerous Close-Outs as Flagrants
NBA referees will be able to call flagrant or technical fouls on defenders who dangerously close on jump shooters without allowing them space to land, as Zaza Pachulia did on the play that injured San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard in last season’s playoffs.
Officials will also make sure jump shooters are in their upward shooting motion when determining if a perimeter foul is worthy of free throws, which could cut down on James Harden’s attempts after he swings his arms into contact.
Source: The Associated Press of ESPN