By Mary Paoletti
On Monday, March 28, 2011 at 10:30am, lawyers for the Philadelphia 76ers who were shot and mortally wounded in an attack by the Sacramento Kings will announce a lawsuit brought in Philadelphia courts against Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. The murdered team had several outspoken fans of Carter's -- alias 'Lil Wayne' -- hip-hop music. To date, the Kings are being held responsible for Sunday's 114-111 overtime death, but the 76ers' lawyers maintain they have adequate evidence to indict Carter.
This press announcement comes two days after the 79ers attended the Lil Wayne concert at the Wells Fargo center, a show intended to ensure a fun time in accordance with Carter's commitment to international "Sick Flow" standards. Carter has served jail time for possession of narcotic drug for sale, possession of dangerous drugs, misconduct involving weapons and possession of drug paraphernalia convictions, but has no history of violent conspiracies with the NBA.
The rapper's attorney released a statement condemning Philadelphia's grievance as "ludicrous."
Reportedly, the legal team for the Cleveland Cavaliers is interested in filing a similar suit in the wake of a deadly 99-83 beating by the Atlanta Hawks. The Cavaliers -- interviewed by police during their final lucid moments in the Cleveland Clinic's Intensive Care Unit -- claimed that a Friday Willie Nelson show at the House of Blues is to blame for the loss.
While several in Ohio's legal community speculate that the Cavaliers did attend the show and probably got high, most point to Cleveland's history of abuse and a slow spiral toward self-destruction.
The Bruins will add another veteran defenseman to their training camp group fresh off the World Cup of Hockey as German D-man Christian Ehrhoff is headed to Boston on a PTO (professional tryout agreement). CSN has confirmed that Ehrhoff has indeed agreed to a PTO with the Bruins, and he'll report to the team sometime this weekend.
The 34-year-old Ehrhoff had three assists in six World Cup games for Team Europe, and had two goals and 10 points in 48 games for the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks last season while clearly starting to slow down a bit. He’s clearly no longer the player that averaged 14 goals and 47 points for the Vancouver Canucks from 2009-2011, and is another left-shot defenseman to add to a team that already has Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug.
But it behooved the Bruins to bring in at least one “name” veteran D-man on a tryout basis during this training camp with so many needs for upgrades on the back end, and with a host of young players that might not be ready for prime time. This might also be a warning sign for young veteran Joe Morrow, a left shot D-man that has struggled a bit in training camp after coming off an erratic first full season at the NHL level.
Clearly the Bruins need more than Ehrhoff, however, even if he’s somehow re-energized with the Bruins after playing pretty well in the World Cup. The Kings were down enough on his game to put him through waivers last season, but he was a top-4 defenseman for the previous eight seasons for San Jose, Vancouver, Buffalo and Pittsburgh prior to getting bounced around between the Kings and Blackhawks last season.
The added bonus with taking a look at Ehrhoff is that there’s no risk associated with a PTO, and the Bruins can simply walk away with no cost if the B’s coaching staff decides he’s not a good fit for the group in Boston. On the other hand, bringing in a Kris Russell-type would cost a great deal in terms of money and term in a free agent contract, and it might not benefit the Black and Gold club in the end result.
The Celtics held an intra squad scrimmage at TD Garden tonight, with some impressive plays from rookie Jaylen Brown.