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Stan Kroenke had no official involvement in Carmelo trade

With the New York Daily News reporting two weeks ago that Rams owner Stan Kroenke was directly involved in negotiations relating to a possible trade of Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony and with ESPN basketball analyst Chris Broussard opining on the air Monday in connection with the Carmelo talks that Stan Kroenke is “stubborn,” a distinct impression had been created that Kroenke was calling the shots as to the decision to trade or not to trade Anthony.

So we started poking around the question of whether Kroenke is complying with the terms of his purchase of the Rams, which required him to no longer be involved with the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche.

To little surprise, denials are emanating from Denver of any involvement by Stan Kroenke in the day-to-day running of the basketball business.  To some surprise, we learned that Kroenke still owns the Nuggets, and that the official transfer will occur at some point in the future, pursuant to a timetable to which all parties agreed when Kroenke’s bid to buy the Rams was approved.

While it fairly can be assumed that Josh Kroenke, Stan’s son, seeks out his father’s advice from time to time, we developed the impression that nothing is happening that runs afoul of the arrangements made to permit Kroenke to buy the Rams in a manner that complies with the league’s cross-ownership rules.  It also can fairly be assumed that Stan Kroenke had a keen interest in ensuring that the right deal was done for Anthony, and it wouldn’t be a stretch to suspect that Stan at some point was involved in a discreet conversation or two.

If so, it’s hard to blame him.  The league signed off on a set of circumstances in which the lines easily could be blurred on a no-harm, no-foul basis.  And the league doesn’t seem to be troubled by the situation, at all.

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12 Responses to “Stan Kroenke had no official involvement in Carmelo trade”
  1. ispysomething7 says: Feb 22, 2011 7:17 AM

    The League got hoodwinked on this one. Should have “hit em with the Kenny G.”

  2. chapnastier says: Feb 22, 2011 7:20 AM

    FYI: No one on this site cares about the NBA. Thanks.

  3. phillybirds says: Feb 22, 2011 7:35 AM

    honestly, i’ve been wondering to myself since 4:30 A.M. about how and when you would include the Carmelo Anthony trade into a football related story.

  4. iknowfootballandyoudont says: Feb 22, 2011 7:35 AM

    People will come to realize that Kroenke is the shrewdest owner in the league now. Agendas won’t get passed unless Stan is on board with the idea.
    Now that doesn’t mean he will turn the Rams into Super Bowl contenders again, but he is the richest owner in the league (his wife also has more money than the majority of owners) and will get what he wants.
    I can see ol Stan right now dismissing Jerry Jones and Dan Snyder with his hand and telling them to make an appointment if they want to see him. And Goodell will be wise to continue kissing his rear end.

  5. bucks12965 says: Feb 22, 2011 7:57 AM

    I think this should be in PBT not PFT.

  6. waynefontes says: Feb 22, 2011 7:57 AM

    It’s too bad that the NBA doesn’t have their own section on NBC Sports where people who want to talk basketball have their own place to discuss…

    Oh wait, there’s ProBasketballTalk?

    I will say this, as far as inept management goes, the Dolans rank right up there with the Dan Snyders of the world.

  7. skoobyfl says: Feb 22, 2011 8:07 AM

    I know everyone wants to bleed sports information over to other forums but I am on a football forum looking at basketball news ??

  8. fonetiklee says: Feb 22, 2011 8:41 AM

    While you’re at it, can we get some hockey updates?

  9. jw731 says: Feb 22, 2011 9:01 AM

    I would like to see some “competitive eating” updates as well…….

  10. ndallasruss says: Feb 22, 2011 9:18 AM

    Stan Kroenke had no official involvement in Kevin VanDam winning the Bassmaster Classic.

  11. beauregard says: Feb 22, 2011 9:41 AM

    How about some Avalanche and Rockies updates as well.

  12. scotchrocks says: Feb 22, 2011 10:53 AM

    lol at the hate this post inspired

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