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Mavericks owner Mark Cuban threatened staff’s job security if draft pick leaked

The Boston Celtics will select Jayson Tatum with the No. 3 pick in NBA Draft, league source tells @TheVertical[1].

Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 22, 2017[2]

The Suns will select Josh Jackson with the No. 4 pick, league source tells @TheVertical[3].

Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 22, 2017[4]

Look back at Woj s timeline to see that he tipped every lottery pick except No. 1, No. 2 and No. 9. The first two picks were somewhat obvious, and it appears Woj was instead working on a report about the forthcoming Jimmy Butler trade during that time. As for No. 9? Well, that one remaining quiet was the result of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban practically locking his employees in a bunker.

Mark said, Okay, we re going to give Woj a pump fake, a Mavs staffer said, according to the Dallas Morning News[5]. Then he said, No one touches their phones or they re fired. Coming from The Boss, you take it seriously.

[Magic Johnson blasts D Angelo Russell days after trading him to Nets[6]]

The Morning News reports that in the lead-up to the Mavericks pick, Cuban told staffers to put their phones on the table in front of them, lest someone discreetly leak news to a reporter. As phones buzzed and rang, they disregarded the notifications which seems as cruel as placing a birthday cake in the middle of a third-grade classroom and telling the children not to eat it.

Cuban spoke to reporters Friday at the introductory news conference for Dennis Smith the N.C. State guard whose identity was finally revealed when Silver stepped up to the podium to announce the pick.

The closer it gets to the [No. 9] pick, the more tense it became, Cuban said, recalling the events of Thursday night. I said, Okay, two things. One, when I m on the phone, everybody shut up. Two, if this gets to Wojo before our pick, whoever we find out did it is fired.

[ESPN s Jalen Rose made fun of Caleb Swanigan for being a fat kid[7]]

Smith was a bit of a polarizing prospect entering the draft, but most experts think Dallas got great value at No. 9 because he has such a high ceiling. The explosive guard averaged more than 18 points and six assists as a freshman for the Wolfpack, which had a disappointing 15-17 record last season, leading to the ousting of coach Mark Gottfried.

The Wolfpack s undoing was its 322nd-ranked defense, and Smith s response Friday to a question about his D was pretty damning.

I want to learn exactly how to play defense, he said. That s not something that we were really pressed about last year.

Well, he s in the right place. Under respected Coach Rick Carlisle, Dallas allowed the fourth-fewest points per game last year. And on Thursday the Mavs showed a proven ability to defend against reporters scooping their draft picks.

References

  1. ^ @TheVertical (twitter.com)
  2. ^ June 22, 2017 (twitter.com)
  3. ^ @TheVertical (twitter.com)
  4. ^ June 22, 2017 (twitter.com)
  5. ^ according to the Dallas Morning News (sportsday.dallasnews.com)
  6. ^ Magic Johnson blasts D Angelo Russell days after trading him to Nets (www.washingtonpost.com)
  7. ^ ESPN s Jalen Rose made fun of Caleb Swanigan for being a fat kid (www.washingtonpost.com)

Jasper man killed in rail haulage accident at Oak Grove Mine

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) A Jasper man lost his life Monday in an industrial accident. According to the Seneca Coal company, Marius Y. Shepherd, 32, was fatally injured in a rail haulage accident at their Oak Grove Mine around 6:30 p.m. on June 19. Information from the Mine Safety and Health Administration indicates the accident happened underground. The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration and the Alabama Department of Labor are investigating, and a security guard at the mine said operations are on hold.

A release from the Seneca Coal Company s spokesman says the company is fully cooperating with investigators, and ask the Alabama mining community to keep the victim s family in their prayers.

Shepherd is the 9th coal mine fatality in the U.S. in 2017.

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References

  1. ^ June 12, 2017 (twitter.com)
  2. ^ View gallery gallery:2017 NFL Schedules: Dallas Cowboys Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports | Matthew Emmons (www.foxsports.com)
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