Tag: Steve Ballmer

‘Vagrant Kings’ Amazon best-seller

Less than 72 hours after its launch on Amazon, the e-book “Vagrant Kings: David Stern, Kevin Johnson and the NBA’s Orphan Team” is one of the hottest sports books in the United States. “Vagrant Kings” hit No. 6 on Amazon’s sports/basketball best-seller list three days after its release on September 22, 2013, the 71st birthday of…




“Vagrant Kings” release set for David Stern birthday, Sunday 9.22.13

What better date to launch the inside story of David Stern’s quest to save the Sacramento Kings than the NBA Commissioner’s birthday? Stern will turn 71 on Sunday, Sept. 22. I’m honoring the occasion by releasing “Vagrant Kings: David Stern, Kevin Johnson and the NBA’s Orphan Team” on Amazon Kindle and iBooks for $8.99. The…




Vagrant Kings excerpt: (Preface) In Sacramento, Dying May Be Redundant

On September 16, 2011, a few days after returning home from Tennessee, where he exchanged wedding vows with Michelle Rhee in a rainy outdoor ceremony, Kevin Johnson, the mayor of Sacramento, was on a speakerphone with David Stern, the commissioner of the National Basketball Association. The conversation was similar to many discussions by the two…




Sneak preview from “Vagrant Kings.” How Seattle blew it

A sneak preview from “Vagrant Kings: David Stern, Kevin Johnson and the NBA’s Orphan Team.” Download the book later this month: “But (Chris) Hansen’s quick-kill strategy carried a monumental risk. By agreeing to buy the Kings before the team was relocated, Hansen and (Steve) Ballmer were giving away the Maloof family’s strongest leverage point with…




Coming Soon…

The definitive story of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings by the writer who was there. No professional sports team in U.S. history has been more portable than the franchise that began life during the Great Depression as a barnstorming group in Rochester, N.Y. Now, after decades of bouncing across the country, the Kings are anchored in…