Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Charles F. Gardner reports that Keyon Dooling is nearing a deal to play overseas in Turkey. Despite his current role as Vice-President of the National Basketball Players’ Association (NBPA), this move does not appear to be temporary, either.
(Dooling’s agent, Kenge) Stevenson said Dooling would expect to play in Turkey next season even if the lockout ends and any opt-out clause would be for legal purposes. The veteran has one year and $2 million remaining on his contract with the Bucks, but Stevenson indicated he thought an agreement could be reached to allow Dooling to play in Europe in the event the lockout was settled.
Clearly, the draft-day moves that brought in Beno Udrih and Shaun Livingston signaled that the Bucks were planning to move in a different direction with their backup point guards. But at the same time, this is a huge blow to the NBPA. At a time when the players’ leadership needs strong direction and a unified front, having a key piece of their management team bolt for Europe is not a promising development.
It’s hard to fault Keyon for looking to play in Turkey. If he were to stay on as VP long enough to work out a settlement, in all likelihood, he would be out of a job upon the lockout’s resolution. However, Dooling should have gone to the NBPA weeks ago to let them know of his job-seeking plans so that they could install a replacement before the lockout. Conversely, the NBPA should have come to Dooling, as his shaky job status was a mystery to absolutely no one at all. Both sides can share the blame on this one.
Speaking of Beno, Mr. Udrih got married to bride Michelle Wiley in Los Angeles at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel a couple of weeks ago. Did you know that the wedding featured a signature drink? Did you know that it was a cotton candy martini? Do you care? In all seriousness, the photos and videos show that the newlyweds had a beautiful wedding. Plus, as you can see from the photo at right, Beno had one fantastic bachelor cake.
Even though I don’t have a stylistic bone in my body, I’m declaring the white wintry tree theme a success. Two thumbs up. Below is Mrs. Udrih’s grand entrance to the wedding. Cheers to the new bride and groom!