Union supports playing overseas

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The leader of the NBA Players' Association is expressing his support for playing overseas during the lockout.

In a memo sent to the players on Tuesday night and obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday, Billy Hunter says the union supports all players "who are taking steps to continue to earn a living, stay in peak competitive shape, and play the game that we love while the unfortunate league-imposed lockout is in place."

Nets guard Deron Williams is working on a deal with Turkish team Besiktas, and Kevin Durant, of the Thunder, and Amare Stoudemire, of the Knicks have mentioned the possibility of playing overseas if the NBA lockout drags on.

The New York Times was the first to report on the union memo.

76ERS: The team has been sold to New York-based leveraged buyout specialist Joshua Harris , ending Comcast-Spectacor's 15-year run of ownership that included a trip to the NBA Finals.

The tentative deal, which does not include ownership of their building, the Wells Fargo Center, must be approved by the NBA. Terms were not disclosed, but the deal Wednesday comes with the league in the midst of a lockout.

"We are honored to have the opportunity to be affiliated with this storied franchise," Harris said in a statement. "As a basketball fan who attended college in Philadelphia, and with family roots here, I have always felt a strong connection to this City and the 76ers."

The new ownership also includes David Blitzer , a senior managing director of The Blackstone Group.

YOU'RE HIRED: Turner Sports executive Christina Miller has been hired as general manager of NBA Digital.

Miller will oversee NBA Digital's operations, which include NBA TV, NBA.com, and NBA League Pass among its portfolio, as well as the league's broadband and wireless businesses. She will continue to serve as Turner's senior vice president for strategy, marketing and promotions, but will step down as senior vice president of Cartoon Network Enterprises.

TRYING TO DO MORE: Former Michigan and NBA star Jalen Rose created a foundation in 2000 that has helped 40 students attend college with scholarships, giving back in a way that shows he's thankful for his good fortune.

Rose, though, is motivated to do much more.

He has lately dedicated a great deal of his time and resources to creating the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, an open-enrollment, tuition-free charter school in his hometown of Detroit.

"Instead of trying to help five kids go to college each year, now I'm trying to help 120," Rose said.


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