Where NBA all 30 owners stand on the lockout

By Lance Pugmire, Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner

Los Angeles Times

Published: Monday, Oct. 24 2011 12:00 p.m. MDT

Michael Jordan, Charlotte: Has millions but is "looking to save money and lower salaries. M.J. is getting cheap," a league executive said.

Herb Kohl, Milwaukee: Kohl "believes that the current CBA agreement is broken," a league official said.

Lawrence Tanenbaum, Toronto: Lost Chris Bosh to Miami, and his young team vanished; supports revenue sharing, tighter spending.

Donald Sterling, Clippers: His teams lose on the court, not on the accounting ledger. Has plenty of money to wait it out.


Jerry Buss, Lakers: Any time away from the court is lost money for a successful owner who has little revenue stream outside of basketball.

Mark Cuban, Dallas: Wants to play basketball immediately, especially with the Mavericks defending their first NBA title. One caveat: might want shorter player contracts; he's on the hook with Brendan Haywood for five years and $45 million.

James Dolan, New York: Dolan is "financially motivated to play," said one league executive, because his stars, Anthony and Stoudemire, will fill seats. He also has a lucrative local TV deal.

Micky Arison, Miami; Poster boy for how to manipulate the old system; put together James, Bosh and Dwyane Wade.

Wyc Grousbeck, Boston: He "has a new television deal that is a financial windfall for the Celtics. Wants to play," a basketball official said.

Mikhail Prokhorov, New Jersey: Is similar to Grousbeck; has "new TV deal, (plus) new arena (coming) in Brooklyn," basketball official adds.

Rich DeVos, Orlando. Has a cushy arena deal and Dwight Howard at his peak.

Les Alexander, Houston: Is often willing to spend, but not quite with the big boys. Alexander paid $34 million the last two seasons as Yao Ming played only five games while battling foot injuries. Shorter player contracts might be on Alexander's mind.


Joshua Harris, Philadelphia: His purchase of the 76ers approved last week. Not expected to be a prominent voice.

Peter Guber and Joe Lacob, Golden State: Still new to NBA ownership but seem willing to spend when a new collective-bargaining agreement is reached, having already secured Jerry West as an advisor.

Tom Gores, Detroit: Another new owner likely to side with the hawks.

Jerry Reinsdorf, Chicago: A Stern ally "on the side of the owners who say the CBA needs to be fixed," a basketball official said. But the Bulls are in a big market with returning most valuable player Derrick Rose, so money is flying away during a lockout.

Herbert Simon, Indiana: Simon has a "small-market team that wants revenue sharing," a basketball executive said.

Alex Meruelo, Atlanta: Southland pizza magnate is awaiting approval of his purchase of the team from an Atlanta group; was surely aware of what Stern wants.

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