Archive for Thursday, December 6, 2001

NBA Briefs

December 6, 2001


Detective says police have strong case against Olowokandi

Los Angeles A detective investigating the Michael Olowokandi case said Wednesday police have "significant evidence" against the Los Angeles Clippers center despite his former girlfriend's claim that she was at fault in the matter.

"I'm not a judge, but the victim did not beat herself up nor did she rob herself of property," Det. Karl Nilsson of the Manhattan Police Department said.

The woman, Suzanne Ketcham, supported Olowokandi's claim that he's innocent, saying she was the aggressor in a confrontation at the player's home in Manhattan Beach early Saturday morning.

The Clippers played at Denver the previous night.

The 26-year-old Olowokandi was booked for investigation of three felony charges assault, robbery and false imprisonment and freed on $50,000 bail. Arraignment was set for Jan. 2 if charges are filed by the district attorney's office.

ABC, ESPN bidding for NBA TV rights

New York During last season's NBA Finals, commissioner David Stern said he wanted new TV rights deals completed by the end of 2001 and for a lot more money.

One out of two isn't bad.

While talks with the networks have picked up recently and ABC and ESPN suddenly joined the bidding it seems unlikely the NBA will get more than the $2.64 billion it did under four-year deals with NBC and Turner Sports that expire after this season.

Sixers' team bus involved in accident

Oakland, Calif. The Philadelphia 76ers' bus was involved in a three-vehicle accident in San Francisco on Wednesday, delaying the team's arrival for its game against Golden State.

A team spokesman said two cars ran a red light and hit the bus shortly after it left the Sixers' hotel in San Francisco. No one aboard the bus was injured.

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