Source: Cal sports' future could be learned Friday

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Source: Cal sports' future could be learned Friday

Feb. 2, 2011

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CSNBayArea.com staff

A decision on the fate of five sports designated to be cut at Cal could come as early as Friday, according to a source close to the situation.

The self-imposed deadline of Monday was pushed back on Tuesday when athletic director Sandy Barbour announced in an e-mail that the university expected "to have a final decision within the next 10 days."

A copy of an e-mail sent Wednesday night to supporters of Save Cal Sports, a group of alumni and supporters of Bears athletics, was obtained byCSNBayArea.com.

It stated that they were within "striking distance"regarding the funding needed to reinstate the five sports.

Baseball, rugby, men's and women's gymnastics and lacrosse will be forced to shut down at the end of this school year if a 25 million fundraising target is not met.

Save Cal Sports has reportedly raised more than 16 million.

The following is the e-mail sent to supporters of Save Cal Sports:

Thank you to all of you for your inspired and ongoing support for the reinstatement of all five recently cut Cal sports. We are within striking distance and I am confident that we will soon celebrate reinstatement together as a Cal community!We still need every single bit of financial support possible to make reinstatement a near-term reality. Please keep spreading the word and leave no stone unturned. Let it be known that this effort does not end with reinstatement as we have a larger need for lifetime endowment of all athletic programs at Cal.However, this is also about something much bigger than any individual sports program. This is about the overall health of the University of California as a whole. Those of us fortunate enough to have attended Cal know the importance and lifelong value of our academic and athletic experiences; we need to be proactive in our defense of what weve enjoyed and work fervently to preserve these opportunities for future generations of Bears.We need to be a shining example to the state of California- we can indeed come to the aid of our ailing University and ensure a strong and certain future for our preeminent institution of higher learning. During these difficult economic times, we can and will prove that Cal produces leaders; we will not ask may we but we will instead say WE WILL FIND THE WAY.California is the 8th largest economy in the world; we have a grave responsibility to the United States, but also to the world. ANY CUTS at Cal diminish our ability to accept this responsibility and be the leaders capable of effecting the change we wish to see in the world.Please continue to move forward deliberately and be a part of the solution. Help honor Cals past, present and future. We will earn reinstatement! GO BEARS!

Adam Silver feels bad for Cleveland: 'Where there's smoke, there's fire'

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Adam Silver feels bad for Cleveland: 'Where there's smoke, there's fire'

When Adam Silver speaks, you listen (or in this case, you read what he said).

The NBA Commissioner joined The Rich Eisen Show on Monday morning and was asked the following question:

"Are you ecstatic of all this news, all the drama that's being played out in all these rosters in free agency?"

Silver's answer was kind of surprising.

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"I love the interest. I'm not ecstatic about the drama," Silver began. "I feel bad for whatever is going on in Cleveland, and I have no first-hand information.

"But I assume where there's smoke, there's fire. Brian Windhorst has sort of been cataloguing LeBron's career for a long time, and he usually has very accurate insights from that team."

Last Friday, Windhorst broke the news that Kyrie Irving requested a trade.

LeBron James was reportedly "blindsided and disappointed."

"It's upsetting to hear that, when you see superstar players who have co-existed -- who had so much success together, obviously three Finals in a row, one championship -- to hear that for whatever reason, there's a sense that they can't continue to co-exist," Silver added. "Yeah, that's drama, but it's not necessarily the kind of drama that the league wants."

The Cavs selected LeBron with the No.1 overall pick in 2003.

The Cavs selected Kyrie with the No. 1 overall pick in 2011.

LeBron can become a free agent next summer, while Kyrie can hit the open market in July 2019.

Will the Cavs give in to Kyrie's request? Stay tuned...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

 

Report: LeBron won't waive no-trade clause for any team

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Report: LeBron won't waive no-trade clause for any team

It appears that for the 2017-18 season, LeBron James will play for the Cavaliers and only the Cavaliers.

LeBron will not waive his no-trade clause for any team, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

[RATTO: Kyrie Irving needs to be traded to one place, and one place only]

LeBron is under contract for two more seasons, but he can opt and become a free agent in the summer of 2018.

As a result, Cleveland could lose the four-time MVP in a year and get nothing in return.

So even if the Cavs wanted to trade LeBron, they can't.

This report comes out within days after news leaked that Kyrie Irving reportedly requested a trade from Cleveland.

In an ESPN story posted on Monday morning:

"Irving was tired of being Robin to James' Batman. Tired of having another superstar -- even one of the best players of all time -- in control of his fate. Yes, he had learned from James in the three seasons they'd played together. Yes, he was appreciative.

"But Irving felt the time had come to take his destiny into his own hands. He wanted to be the centerpiece of a team, as he thought he was going to be three years ago, when he signed a five-year extension 11 days before James decided to come home."

Irving is under contract for three more seasons, but can opt out in the summer of 2019.

He is scheduled to make $18,868,625 next year and $20,099,188 in 2018-19 -- team-friendly numbers considering Irving's stature.

Things are about to get very interesting...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller