NBA saga continues
By Larry Pritchett
Past PCHS activities director
This column is not meant to be a dissertation.
Every week when the paper comes out, I do read my own column just to see if it makes any sense from the time that I wrote it till it is published.
Last Wednesday when I opened the paper my first reaction was “What was I thinking?” when I look at how much space it took to print the column. I did not mean to write a dissertation of sorts for a weekly column but apparently I attempted that.
In college I handed in papers that were not that lengthy as assignments and had days to put them together. The word “ramble” took on a completely new meaning.
I knew it was long but when I put a bookmark in the paper and finished the column the next day I realized that maybe it was a little long. I just start and stop when I think I am finished.
Hopefully it did not cause anyone to drift off to sleep while reading it. Of course, that is assuming someone other than I will read it.
Overpaid at the Track
Wes Welker, Broncos wide receiver, is not poor. You might say he makes really good money, but he hit the jackpot at the Kentucky Derby. Welker won big, but got a bonus when Churchill Downs paid him about $15,000 too much on a winning bet.
Welker should have received somewhere around $42,300 on his bet but was paid $57,193.90. Welker, being a good sport, was photographed handing out $100 bills after the race to bystanders at the racetrack. Churchill Downs asked for their money back but that didn’t happen.
I am sure if someone had come to them and said “Hey, I bet $10,000 on horse number six but I meant to bet it on number three could I have my money back?” there would have been no return on the better’s investment.
Racetrack management did finally make a statement that they were not too concerned about getting the money back but hoped that Welker would return next year with an extra $14,000 or so to burn.
Donald Sterling says
NO to the NBA
I don’t think anyone who knew Donald Sterling or who researched him after his racial tirade was made public by someone ever really thought that he would pay a $2.5 million fine and divest himself from ownership of the L.A. Clippers. They were correct.
Sterling has hired new lawyers, told the NBA he is not paying the fine and he will fight to keep the team.
I believe I read that his wife filed for divorce and she has stated that she wants to keep her half of the team.
If the Clipper players or the NBA players or the NBA itself thinks that this will be over by whatever date, I would bet they missed the date by a decade.
If there is a divorce pending, that in itself will keep anything from moving very quickly because I would assume with my vast background in law that assets will be frozen. A divorce might have been the smartest thing to do. I don’t know on what grounds the divorce would be filed? Oh, wait a minute, he had a girlfriend or two. That might do it.
Sterling hired Maxwell M. Blecher, who is a veteran antitrust lawyer. The letter has already been sent to the NBA saying Sterling’s due process rights had been violated and the now there is the cry “Game On.” The owners, players and the league are in for a game that will probably go multiple overtimes.
Don Meyer Dies
One of the winningest coaches in college basketball died this past week in South Dakota. Don Meyer, who was a Wayne, Neb. native, died of cancer at the age of 69. Coach Meyer had survived a near-fatal car accident a few years ago and when they were doing surgery on him during that time they found cancer.
He had coached for years at David Lipscomb in Tennessee and at Northern State in South Dakota. He had a coaching record of 923-324.
Coach Meyer had influence in many coaches’ careers. He was a great teacher. He spoke at many clinics and produced outstanding coaching instructional films. I spoke with him on the phone a number of times during my coaching time and he was generous with help, diagrams anything that you needed.
He was a good friend of Ron Vlasin and they played baseball together at Greeley and one of the best clinics we ever had in Lincoln featured Ron and Coach Meyer.
I don’t know how many tapes that we purchased from Coach Meyer when he was at Lipscomb but he had great post development tapes. We used those techniques and drills for years and our post players were fundamentally sound.
Coach Meyer left a legacy of better coaches because of his ability to teach. Great guy, great coach, great teacher and it doesn’t get much better than that.