Atlanta Hawks: Gearon Jr. latest to be fined for LeBron love

Michael Gearon Jr.

All those NBA executives who covet LeBron James this summer probably should keep it to themselves.

The league hit ASG’s Michael Gearon Jr. with a $25,000 fine for tampering after the co-owner said he’d give LeBron James max money “in a heartbeat.” That brings the LeBron Tampering Pool to $135,000 for the week. The league dinged Mavs owner Mark Cuban for $100,000 and Steve Kerr for $10,000 after they made overtures to James, who won’t be eligible to become a free agent until July 1.

Gearon’s comments first appeared in a May 19 Hawks blog entry.

“If somebody came to us tomorrow and said you can have LeBron for max money and it puts you in the luxury tax, I’d do it in a a heartbeat,” Gearon said. “But am I going to do that for [Zydrunas] Ilgauskas? Am I going to do it for Jermaine O’Neal? I don’t think so.”

The league apparently decided Gearon’s comments fell somewhere between Cuban’s quote that he’d be interested in a sign-and-trade for LeBron, and Kerr’s joking speculation about whether James would take the mid-level salary.

MC

98 comments Add your comment

BigTimeTECHFan

May 27th, 2010
2:04 pm

should not be fined!

niremetal

May 27th, 2010
2:08 pm

Stern needs to pull the stick out of his azzz. As soon as Kerr got hit with a fine, it was inevitable that Gearon would too. In reality, no one should have been fined for stating what everyone already knows – that LeBron is a player that every team in the league would like to have.

Melvin

May 27th, 2010
2:11 pm

I guess he will keep his big mouth shut now. Besides, what type of message does that send to your own free agent(s), that you are willing to sign another team FA for luxury tax money and not your own…. You Big Dummy. Pay the fine…

ATL Observer

May 27th, 2010
2:18 pm

I wonder if beat reporters across the country have a 10% cut of the fines…..they sure like to ask these GMs about something that the GMs aren’t supposed to be allowed to comment on………………..

HawkKingBibby

May 27th, 2010
2:24 pm

The second I read that blog I posted on Hawksquawk that it looked like tampering. I was hopeing it would slip through the cracks because these guys will find a way for the fans to pay for it.

Tony from Stone Mountain

May 27th, 2010
2:25 pm

Reporters should be banned from asking anyone connected with the NBA about Lebron’s free agency. These fines by the NBA are sophmoric.

JeJe

May 27th, 2010
2:25 pm

THERE’S NEVER ANYTHING ABOUT BRINGING A WADE OR LBJ HERE

THE ASG ARE A FREAKING BROKE JOKE OF A GROUP. LET’S JUST OVERPAY JOE AND REMAIN A 50 WIN ATHLETIC TEAM THAT DOES NOTHING IN THE PLAYOFFS…GREAT

AND CAN SOMEONE TELL ME WHAT SUND HAS DONE BESIDES THE CRAWFORD TRADE? HE DRAFTED THE 7TH BEST PG, 2ND ROUND GOT SOME EURO STIFF WHO WILL NEVER BE IN THE NBA, AND HAS KEPT OUR GODDAMN CORE TOGETHER EVEN THOUGH IT’S OBVIOUS IT’S NOT WORKING OUT AGAINST GREAT TEAMS

ON TOP OF THAT, THIS ARROGANT MORON HAS THE TEMERITY TO CLAIM THAT HE DOESN’T CARE WE GOT DESTROYED BY ORLANDO BECAUSE THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF BLOWOUT LOSSES BY OTHER TEAMS

FIRE SUND

atlienforlife

May 27th, 2010
2:25 pm

JeJe

May 27th, 2010
2:26 pm

MC SHOULD PAY PART OF THE FINE. IT’S ONLY RIGHT

Najeh Davenpoop

May 27th, 2010
2:27 pm

I guess this means no free towels during next year’s playoffs…

Najeh Davenpoop

May 27th, 2010
2:29 pm

JeJe, “temerity”? In the middle of reading through your all caps we are supposed to be brushing up on our knowledge of SAT vocabulary words now?

Hawk Str8Talk

May 27th, 2010
2:53 pm

he should be fined for not clearing cap space like everyone else to sign Williams and Bibby and Pachulia and bringing us Jamal in order to say – hey, we are as good as ANY team Wade or LBJ. That fine should be in the millions.

Big Ray

May 27th, 2010
2:54 pm

Paul Hewitt

May 27th, 2010
3:00 pm

I don’t need the 25k. hire me now.

niremental

May 27th, 2010
3:11 pm

Enter your comments here

niremental

May 27th, 2010
3:12 pm

After Stern pulls the stick out his “azzz”, I hope he hands it to Big Ray to stick in mine!

Give me, give me- I need, I NEED!

Michael Cunningham

May 27th, 2010
3:27 pm

@ATL Observer, Tony From Stone Mountain, JeJe: this was predictable, but simma down. . . . neither I nor anyone else asked Gearon Jr. about LeBron. the question was about the Hawks’ payroll and Gearon Jr. went off on a tangent that included the LeBron quote. but even if I did ask him about LeBron, it’s Gearon’s responsibility to know the rules on tampering and not on me (or anyone else) to avoid asking the question. it happens all the time that i and other reporters ask potentially sensitive questions that don’t get answered, at least not for the record. so, step . . .

Daniel

May 27th, 2010
3:28 pm

Someone should follow the money. I believe these fines are suppossed to go the NBA Cares charity, which then makes them tax deductions. The owners are not really “paying” fines. The whole thing is a joke. It is probably worth it to Gearon to shuttle the money to have his name mentioned with Lebron, Cuban and Kerr.

Daniel

May 27th, 2010
3:30 pm

Seriously Michael how are these “fines” that the owners paid managed? It seems silly and Stern PR posturing. Maybe, I am wrong.

JeJe

May 27th, 2010
3:33 pm

Ha MC I’m just playing. You’re doing a great job on here.

Pretty much every time I type in caps, it all comes down to 1 thing:

I AM FRUSTRATED THAT THE ASG HAS NO MONEY AND WILL NOT SHELL OUT MONEY FOR PLAYERS. GEARON ACTS LIKE WE ARE BIG SPENDERS, YET WON’T EVEN PURSUE WADE OR LBJ OR BOSH OR AMARE TO PUT ALONGSIDE JOE

GT Alum

May 27th, 2010
3:34 pm

I was about to defend you MC that you didn’t ask that question.

Plus, people, haven’t you learned that reporters are always trying to get people to say things that they shouldn’t so they can get a “scoop”, even if it doesn’t benefit anyone. It’s all about attracting eyes. The phrase “journalistic integrity” is an oxymoron.

GT Alum

May 27th, 2010
3:36 pm

JeJe, so you post your frustrations in all caps, which on the Internet generally is an indication that there’s nothing of value in the content and it should be skipped?

dap01

May 27th, 2010
3:52 pm

I am sick of the KING Lebron. I am sick of NBA’s Stern. I hope Lebron goes somewhere and finds someone who can stroke his enormous ego and put money up Stern’s _____.

Let’s talk Hawks and options that the Hawks have to improve.

I feel that the Hawks, inspite of maybe losing JJ, can be better with a couple of good moves but time is running out.

titanhawk

May 27th, 2010
4:04 pm

why can the commish come out and openly say he wishes lebron would stay in cleveland and not be fined?

BIG JIM

May 27th, 2010
4:18 pm

Agree with dap01. Hawks need to free up as much cash as they can and
get guys in here. No babies,softies, or projects. I actually think
things are just fine if they lose Joe Johnson.

Smitty

May 27th, 2010
4:19 pm

I just have to ask. Is there anyone out there who remembers the history of the Gearon family with the Hawks? Sr. was the executive who was worth about what he took as pay(I remember it as $1.00 per year) as he labored, I think as general mgr., with his fascination with and adoration of John Drew who had become a total “cokehead” while still playing for the Hawks.As I recall, the hawks failed continuously under his leadership .Any wonder that they continue to struggle while Sr. and Jr. remain involved with the team and worse, the Atlanta Spirit, who are the joke of the League. Am I wrong in my recollection?

GeeMack

May 27th, 2010
4:22 pm

Daniel

You already know there’s a PR angle.

I MUS WRITE

May 27th, 2010
4:24 pm

“Simma”……..

I MUS WRITE

May 27th, 2010
4:25 pm

Are u texting or writing lol….

GeeMack

May 27th, 2010
4:25 pm

dap01

You don’t lose your head coach, and best player the same off season and have a better year.

If JJ walk look for the Hawks to take a step back by 10 to 13 wins.

Barton

May 27th, 2010
4:44 pm

Finally, some juevos in Atlanta

Grandad

May 27th, 2010
4:50 pm

I asked a referee one time:
“Can you give me a technical for what I think?”
He said “no”
So, I said:
“I think you’re a _______’ ____-______!”
That ” ___ __ _ _____” proceeded to Tee me up!
The moral of the story is:
Stern ain”t no more than a glorified referee.
More [too much] power than he has the wisdom to wield.

A wise coach once told me:
There are 3 groups of individuals that affect the outcome
of every basketball game;
*the players, *the coaches & *the officials.
But the one who has the greatest effect (referees)
put the least into it. (preparation).

If you are an honest hard working official,
I apologize.

Now, back to Stern “glorified official”.
Never played the game.
Never coached the game.
*Never officiated the game.

I question his love of the game!

Barton

May 27th, 2010
4:50 pm

Oh, also, is anyone as upset as I am that the players are getting together to talk about forming a super team? Where are the guts? Where is the alpha male competition? These players are a bunch of sissies without the fortitude to take teams to the top (not saying they are bad, just a bunch of babies). This reminds me too much of the Yankees stacking the payroll and roster. Of course these guys who have already made 50+ million dollars would be willing to take a pay cut to re-create the Redeem Team of these past Olympics. Michael – any thoughts on that matter?

Najeh Davenpoop

May 27th, 2010
4:53 pm

Here’s a name I mentioned a couple of weeks ago as a possibly good head coaching candidate, now being inquired upon by other teams. Kelvin Sampson has had problems following NCAA rules, but he has never had a problem winning or getting a lot out of his players, and he’s worked with both Scott Skiles and Gregg Popovich.

darrell starks

May 27th, 2010
5:04 pm

Thats what i like gearon jr. stir up the pot and bring lebron 2 the A who care’s about the fine do your thing ASG.
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!

JeJe

May 27th, 2010
5:05 pm

“Oh, also, is anyone as upset as I am that the players are getting together to talk about forming a super team? Where are the guts? Where is the alpha male competition?”

Excellent point

“why can the commish come out and openly say he wishes lebron would stay in cleveland and not be fined?”

Excellent point

And if what I type in CAPS is pointless, then why did Najeh just point out my usage of the word “temerity?” Obviously he read my post

darrell starks

May 27th, 2010
5:06 pm

You can’t win a title with out a superstar or at least 2star player on your team.
GO HAWKS!!!!

darrell starks

May 27th, 2010
5:16 pm

I never understand how fans can always be negative about going after star players and bringing them 2 atlanta look at all sport team in atlanta, braves, hawks, falcons, have always been underachiever because of the lack of talent on the team.
GO HAWKS!!!!!

OK

May 27th, 2010
5:24 pm

The more I think about it, the more I beleive we need to go with Sherron Collins and Dexter Pittman in the draft.

From DraftExpress:

“Dexter Pittman is quite a unique physical specimen in his own right, measuring 6-9 ½ without shoes, with a 7-6 wingspan. He also has the biggest hands in this draft (a new stat) at 10.5 inches.”

“The fact that Pittman tips the scale at over 300 pounds and measuring nearly 21% body fat (fourth highest in history after Chris Marcus, Oliver Miller and James Lang) tells us that he still has a long ways to go with his conditioning. But if he’s willing to commit himself, he could carve out a long and lucrative professional career.”

Tied for the Biggest wingspan of the class, and he also has the biggest hands of the class. His offensive game is really nice too, he has a nice 15 foot jumper. I could definetly see this guy being the bane of Dwight Howards existance immeadetly. Has to get better defensively but we need to scoop this guy up. Check out vids of the guy go to work he’s fundamentally sound and a beast.

Sherron Collins stock is rising as well-

From Draft Express:

Sherron Collins also looked very impressive in his time here, looking outstanding shooting the ball in drills, while also being the most vocal player of all those here at the gym. More importantly, Collins has undergone a significant makeover with his body, as he’s lost 11 pounds and dropped his body fat percentage from 13.5% to 10.2%, now being in the best shape of his life. Sporting a full six pack, much less baby fat, and still having a very strong, stocky build, Collins certainly will come into the NBA in much better shape than he left college.

While Collins impressed with his shooting during drills, he impressed more with his passing and shot creation abilities during the scrimmages, looking excellent running pick-and-rolls and making drive-and-dishes, constantly keeping his head up and showing excellent vision throughout, often finding an open man parked on the three-point line.

Collins didn’t have the greatest day with his own scoring, not getting separation for his pull-up jumper very easily, but he did have some good drives to the basket, showing off change of direction abilities and making some tough finishes at the rim.

Where Collins impressed the most in the scrimmages, however, was on the defensive end, where he played extremely tough, especially on the pick-and-roll, as he fought through screens pretty easily, benefitted greatly by his incredibly strong build and low center of gravity, which allows him to change directions easily and get right up into his man on these types of plays. While Collins’ size will have some defensive drawbacks in the pros, he also is showing he understands how to make use of his size’s benefits, and he has the potential to be a very tough pick-and-roll defender at the next level if he keeps playing like this.

Projected as a late first rounder much of his career, Collins has seen his stock slip a bit on many boards this year, partly a result of questions surrounding his conditioning, which will make it interesting to see how teams react when they see his new body in workouts. In a draft relatively weak on point guards after John Wall, Collins could see his stock improve a bit with some impressive team workouts, but he’ll need to convince teams his weight issues are now fully in the past.

OK

May 27th, 2010
5:30 pm

Pittman used to weigh 400lbs so he’s come a long way and he’s very active down there in the post. he’s 6′ 11.5″ with shoes on which is right there with eveyone else in the draft. He’ll be a bigger and better Kendrick Perkins, in the long run. Watch some footage, dude is nice.

Collins is the 2nd best PG in the draft. we MUST get him. FA PG’s are not that good uless you wanna give livingston a shot. TRADE BIBBY!

We should also get two more picks in order to draft some wings if JJ bolts (Darrington Hobson and Devin Ebanks)

OK

May 27th, 2010
5:31 pm

Sherron Collins weighs 217 pounds! Beast! Mini Billups!!!

JeJe

May 27th, 2010
5:41 pm

We all know Bibby is fat and sucks

We all know Marvin is an underachieving stiff

We all know Woody sucked

But this team will NEVER compete or be considered elite until it goes a step up into the LUXURY tax and brings in more PLAYERS. Orlando has 4 stars on their team. Boston has 4, 3 of whom are future HOF’ers. We have Joe Johnson and Josh Smith (who according to our brilliant owner is the closest thing to LeBron in this league–LOL. I swear we win a game or have a random big event happen and this guy says the most outlandish things [Gearon])…”We have finally arrived” — SMGDH

O'Brien

May 27th, 2010
6:01 pm

Najeh,

Even if Kelvin Sampson turns out to be a very good coach, I dont think the Hawks would hire him. In my opinion, the ownership of the Hawks tend to stay away from coaches and players who have red flags on their records.

As for the fine, I’m not surprised. Stern likes to demostrate his power.

Joe's place Joe speaking

May 27th, 2010
6:23 pm

Michael Cunningham,
Does Gearons comment mean that if lebron wanted to come to Atlanta that we would be able to sign him because he’d pay the luxury tax? Or would we still not be able to afford him?

Big Ray

May 27th, 2010
6:23 pm

Stern does not love the game. He loves the money.

And that tampering BS is a bunch of just that…..BS. The fine is BS. Stern is a short bully behind a long desk, with very expensive lawyers at his side (the man is probably a lawyer himself).

He’s nothing more than a Hobbit with glasses and loads of cash…

Joe's place Joe speaking

May 27th, 2010
6:24 pm

He’d*** gearon

him*** lebron

Najeh Davenpoop

May 27th, 2010
7:02 pm

“Stern does not love the game. He loves the money. ”

Every executive in sports, college or pro, cares about money more than the game — whether it’s Stern, Roger Goodell, Bud Selig, Mike Slive, Myles Brand, or anyone else. There is no organized entertainment activity in America that charges spectators which doesn’t care about money first and foremost.

JeJe, a true, hater

May 27th, 2010
7:07 pm

please disregard my earlier comments. Truth is bibby did a fantastic job when he got here and has earned his contract to bring his career to a close. Good job Bibby. Id also like to apologize for the hater aid Ive drank in Woodsons name. Woodson did a marvelous job here and gave us hope, something we did not have before he got here. Yes I bubble over with hate and it disgust me although I cant admit it. Im not man enough for that. Marvin, I envy you. I always wanted to play pro ball but but I ended up a fat nasty ball headed and vicious.

JeJe

May 27th, 2010
7:41 pm

Show me state

May 27th, 2010
7:43 pm

I see the nba is strict on this “anti-tampering policy” allowing no one to even utter one word about a free agent before July 1….from a mathmatical statistic these words: “If somebody came to us tomorrow and said you can have LeBron for max money and it puts you in the luxury tax, I’d do it in a a heartbeat,” Gearon said. “But am I going to do that for [Zydrunas] Ilgauskas ? Am I going to do it for Jermaine O’Neal? I don’t think so.” costed Gearon Jr. $471.70 per word…..