Olgun: 36ers messed up and they may pay for it for some time
In attempting to block Mitch Creek from signing for the Brooklyn Nets, the 36ers immersed themselves into one of the most bizarre self-inflicted public relations wounds in recent memory.Some notable bits:
The more details that came out; the more confusing the decision-making from the 36ers' front office became.
The compensation they were demanding was significantly higher than the reported $100,000, and they went all the way to the Supreme Court of South Australia in an attempt to block their own long-time hero from potentially signing an NBA contract. What’s worse: they didn’t even tell him before filing the injunction.
"This is such a bad look," one NBA scout told foxsports.com.au. “What future NBA prospect will want to play there only to have their NBA dreams put in limbo because of greed?”
It seems absurd, but it has to be pointed out that the 36ers’ statement about agreeing to lift its injunction was the first public comment from the team regarding Creek’s deal with the Nets. Before that: silence.
What’s even more confusing about the 36ers’ actions is the fact that, according to both Basketball Australia and FIBA, Creek was considered a free agent.
“We had significant concerns around the implications this unacceptable behaviour could have had on Mitch’s pursuit of a professional contract in the world’s biggest basketball league,” Jacob Holmes, CEO of the Australian Basketballers Association, said in a statement.Full story