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Win Or Lose, the Knicks and Lakers Are Worth Billions

Win Or Lose, the Knicks and Lakers Are Worth Billions

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How are the valuations derived?Much like house valuations on online real estate sites, they are based on several factors, including location, who owns the arena the team plays in, and the team's local television deals. James L. Dolan, the owner of the Knicks, also owns Madison Square Garden, whereas the Lakers lease the space at Staples Center, which will become known as Crypto.com Arena on Christmas Day.“If you have two teams, let’s say one owns the building and the other leases it, what I’m valuing is the economics,” said Mike Ozanian, a managing editor at Forbes who compiles its valuations. “In other words, what are the revenues that the team generates at the building versus its expenses?”Assets related to the team don’t necessarily factor in, at least not completely. In the case of the...

A Mexico City Basketball Team with N.B.A. Dreams Makes a Home in Texas

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In May, the Capitanes poached Nick Lagios from the Lakers organization to make him their general manager, and by September, a compromise of sorts had been reached: The Capitanes would hit the road for 14 games as part of the G League’s Showcase Cup, then play a pair of exhibitions in January against the G League Ignite, the team for top N.B.A. prospects.Lagios and Díaz sought a mix of players as they assembled their roster: players with Latin American roots, players who relished defending, players with experience who could mentor younger teammates. The team wooed players with the possibility of being noticed by N.B.A. scouts along with the somewhat less alluring offer of a prorated G League salary, which is typically $37,000 for a full 50-game season. Plus, the players could be a part of s...

Curry’s 3-Point Bonanza Has Golden State Bouncing Back

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Stephen Curry going for 40, the Golden State Warriors at the top of the league: We’re talking 2016 or so, right? No, try 2021.After many fans moved on from the Warriors era to ponder possible dynasties from LeBron James and the Lakers or Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks, Golden State has come roaring back early this season behind the scoring of Curry.On Thursday night, Curry had nine 3-pointers and 40 points as the Warriors improved to a league best 13-2 with a 104-89 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Warriors entered the fourth quarter down 13. No problem for Curry, who had 20 points in the period, helping his team outscore Cleveland by 36-8 to win going away.Starting in around 2015 or ’16, Curry, already a great 3-point shooter, seemed to almost break the game with a torrent of 3s...
Kevin Durant Can Score From Anywhere. Defenses Don’t Know What to Do.

Kevin Durant Can Score From Anywhere. Defenses Don’t Know What to Do.

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Watching Kevin Durant play offense is a little bit like spending summers in the South. You know what to expect and you prepare for it, but you still find yourself saying to others, “Man, can you believe this heat?”Even the most casual N.B.A. fan knows that Durant is one of the best offensive players ever to take the floor. But this year, Durant is managing to outdo himself. Through 14 games, heading into Tuesday’s matchup with Golden State, Durant was on pace for one of the best seasons of his career. He had carried the Nets to a 10-4 record, despite not having Kyrie Irving as a playmaker next to him, and with James Harden off to a slower-than-expected start. Durant is making a serious run at a second Most Valuable Player Award.He is averaging 29.6 points a game to lead the N.B.A. — and do...
Why Are the Knicks Struggling on Defense?

Why Are the Knicks Struggling on Defense?

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Derrick Rose, the Knicks’ speedy reserve guard, poked loose what should have been a routine end-of-the-quarter possession by the Milwaukee Bucks, then dashed the other way with the ball for a last-second layup.Rose’s crafty defensive play cut the Milwaukee lead to 16 at the end of the third quarter on Wednesday, and spurred the Knicks’ bench to begin swarming the Bucks on every possession. Soon, the Knicks were in the midst of a rousing comeback, tying the game in the fourth quarter after being 24 points down in the third.Rose’s steal was emblematic of last year’s Knicks team: high-energy, displaying active hands and making nothing easy for the opposing team.Except the Knicks couldn’t stop the 3-point shooting of Bucks guard Pat Connaughton, who hit four 3-pointers in the final quarter to ...

The Celtics Are Starting to Get Their Act Together

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BOSTON — The Celtics have spent recent years as a team of almost. Almost good enough to contend for a championship. Almost mature enough to reach their potential. Almost complete enough to play at a high level on a consistent basis.But a bunch of almosts would have been an improvement from all the questions and concerns the Celtics began collecting at the start of the season. It is never much fun when each game feels like a litmus test — of Ime Udoka’s first season as the team’s coach, of the ongoing chemistry experiment between Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, of the growth of the players around them.So when Marcus Smart, the team’s starting point guard, criticized Tatum and Brown for essentially hogging the ball after a loss to the Chicago Bulls on Nov. 1, Boston seemed in danger of spiral...
A Quiet Studio With a Home-Court Advantage

A Quiet Studio With a Home-Court Advantage

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If you’re unhappy with your New York City apartment, it helps to have a relative who is a real estate agent.That’s what Tim Burns, 38, discovered. Earlier this year, Mr. Burns was living much too close to an overactive jackhammer. He liked his studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, but the construction noise — a side effect of living in a neighborhood freshly colonized by high-rises — was beginning to get to him. The ruckus started at 7 a.m. and didn’t break for lunch.One day last winter, his sister-in-law, Marlene Burns, an agent at Compass, called him. As Mr. Burns recalled, she said, “‘Tim, I just saw this building. You’ve got to at least look at it.’ And whenever she tells me this stuff, I’m always like, ‘OK.’”He walked the two minutes to the Dime, a 23-story apartment building in Williamsb...
What to Know About the Robert Sarver Racism and Sexism Allegations

What to Know About the Robert Sarver Racism and Sexism Allegations

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Sarver and the Suns have also been the subject of critical reporting by ESPN before. In 2019, ESPN reported that the Suns had “no discernible direction” and described Sarver as an “interventionist owner with more authority than expertise.”What does the ESPN report say about racism?The report paints a picture of a meddlesome owner who fostered a work environment that was toxic, especially for women and Black people. The most prominent voice in the article was Earl Watson, who is Black and Hispanic and spent parts of four seasons in assistant, interim and head coaching roles with the Suns. He was fired in 2017, three games into his second season as head coach.According to the report, Watson told ESPN that Sarver came into the coaches’ locker room after one game “repeating the N-word several ...
Scottie Pippen Takes Aim at Michael Jordan in New Book

Scottie Pippen Takes Aim at Michael Jordan in New Book

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Scottie Pippen’s new memoir, “Unguarded,” is a master class in settling scores, or creating new ones.Beginning in the prologue, Pippen expresses anger at Michael Jordan over “The Last Dance,” the 2020 ESPN documentary on the 1990s Chicago Bulls, which Pippen writes “glorified Michael Jordan while not giving nearly enough praise to me and my proud teammates.” Pippen gets more caustic from there.“How dare Michael treat us that way after everything we did for him and his precious brand,” Pippen writes, adding, “To make things worse, Michael received $10 million for his role in the doc while my teammates and I didn’t earn a dime.” (Pippen and several Bulls players appeared on camera for the documentary. It has not been publicly disclosed how much Jordan, whose company Jump 23 was part of the p...
Knicks Fall to Raptors Amid Flurry of 3-Pointers

Knicks Fall to Raptors Amid Flurry of 3-Pointers

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Near the end of the first quarter on Monday, Julius Randle, the Knicks’ burly All-Star forward, pulled up and banked in a shot from 25 feet. It was the kind of shot that might have sent him to the bench in a previous era of basketball, or even on a previous Tom Thibodeau-coached team. On Monday, it was Randle’s fourth 3-pointer in 12 minutes.It was also a shot emblematic of the new-look Knicks: This year’s version is taking 3-pointers. Lots of them. In the first quarter alone against the Toronto Raptors on Monday, 13 of the Knicks’ 19 shots — and five of Randle’s — were from behind the 3-point line. The approach has been a hallmark of the new Bing Bong-era of the Knicks, and it is part of the reason Thibodeau’s team is off to a 5-2 start, the franchise’s best since the 2012-13 season.In th...