[June 02, 2014]June 1 (The Sports Xchange) - Former
New Jersey Nets co-owner Lewis Katz died in a plane crash in
Massachusetts on Sunday. He was 72.
Katz was also a former co-owner of the New Jersey Devils and
minority owner of the New York Yankees.
In addition, Katz co-owned the Philadelphia Inquirer and
Philadelphia Daily News newspapers and the Philly.com website.
"All of us at the NBA were extremely saddened to learn of the
tragic, sudden death of former Nets owner Lewis Katz," NBA
commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. "Lewis was a trusted
friend and valued member of the NBA family."
Minnesota Timberwolves president Flip Saunders said he expects
All-Star forward Kevin Love to be with the team next season.
Love is rumored to be traded - perhaps by the June 26 draft - since
news came out that he plans to be a free agent after next season.
Love can opt out of his contract after the 2014-15 season. He
reportedly is not interested in a contract extension so he can test
free agency and play for a contender. The Timberwolves have failed
to make the playoffs since drafting Love in 2008.
San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker has a sprained ankle but
hopes to play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat on
Thursday, according to Yahoo Sports.
Parker sustained the injury during Game 4 of the Western Conference
finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Spurs won the series
with a Game 6 overtime victory on Saturday. He played with the
injury Saturday but had to sit out the second half of the clincher.