Atlanta Hawks: Hawks president Stan Kasten has stripped the interim label off both head
coach Terry Stotts and general manager Billy Knight. "That's great news," said
Hawks center Theo Ratliff to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. "At least we
know we got a coach. I thought if Stotts had the job at the beginning of the
year [last season], we would've been a lot better." However, the franchise
remains ownerless as the deal between AOL Time Warner and auto tycoon David
McDavid has yet to be finalized. This quandary delayed this and other player
personnel moves. "Fortunately, I didn't have to make any tough decisions," said
Stotts. "This is always where I wanted to be. You want to be a head coach in
the NBA. I had to be patient."
Detroit Pistons: A woman who accused Cliff Robinson of giving her herpes has been
ordered by a judge to pay Robinson's court costs of $180,000 after a mistrial
was declared when her attorneys refused to represent her anymore. "Cliff
Robinson has been completely vindicated," his attorney and agent, Bradley
Marshall of Seattle, told the Detroit News. Jaime Reeves, the woman in
question, recently admitted under cross examination that she had contracted the
disease prior to meeting Robinson.
Seattle SuperSonics: The Sonics became the second NBA franchise to lay off workers
when their staff was cut by six employees, none of whom, though, were involved
in basketball operations. "It was motivated by budgetary reasons," team
spokeswoman Valerie O'Neil said to the Post Intelligencer. "The main reason was
to realign the focus of the company toward ticket sales and make processes more
efficient." The Portland Blazers were the other franchise, laying off 88
workers earlier in the odd season.