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.
Big Papi's "spring training" involves a beach chair -- not a baseball bat.
The former Boston Red Sox slugger made it clear on Instagram that he has no interest in returning to Jet Blue Park to begin training for the 2017 MLB season.
He announced in Nov. 2015 he would be retiring after the 2016 season, and he appears completely content with that decision despite speculation of his return to MLB. Ortiz posted a video on Sunday of himself in a beach chair reclined and relaxed.
"What's up [Instagram]. Oh, so good be retired. At the beach with the familia, the ladies. Big Papi in the bulding. This is my spring training. How 'bout dat? Enjoy. See you when I see you. Peace," he said, and then chuckled.
Ortiz's video came a few days after Hanley Ramirez said that if Ortiz made a return to baseball, he would be doing it, in part, for Ramirez, because they miss each other.
WBZ's Dan Roche then tweeted out Ramirez's comment on Thursday, and Big Papi waited no time to respond. Within 16 minutes, Ortiz had responded to reiterate he would not be returning to the Sox.
Most NBA teams would benefit from adding Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler. But few NBA have the assets to acquire him. The most legitimate suitor in the NBA resides in Boston.
"The potential of a Boston-Chicago deal for Jimmy Butler -- I think it will loom over the entire week," Yahoo! NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski said Saturday. "These teams have engaged on the potential of this trade. They have not gotten far down the road on it. There still needs to be alignment within the Bulls organization -- from ownership to management -- that they want to make the decision to enter a full rebuild.
He added: "But the poential of this deal really illustrates the State Farm right combo, because these are two teams that have exactly what the other wants. Boston has been hoarding assets for years for a couple of season, trying to get in the position to get a star player."
Wojnarowski suggested the first building block for the Butler trade would start with either the 2017 or 2018 Brooklyn Nets' first-round pick, which the Celtics acquired in 2013 in the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trade.
"And Jimmy Butler in Boston, paired with Isaiah Thomas and this Celtics team -- it would put this Celtics team in a position to seriously challenge Cleveland [Cavaliers] in the east, not only in the short term, but also in the long term."
Butler's contract extends to 2020, and then Wojnarowski explained Boston could then sign the guard to another long-term deal. In the meantime, he could help Boston surpass a vulnerable-looking Cavaliers team.