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NBA's Terrence Jones has criminal charge in Portland dropped; civil compromise reached
2014-04-25

Jones must pay $10,000 to a charitable organization that benefits the homeless, as designated by the alleged victim's lawyer, according to the compromise obtained by The Oregonian Tuesday.
"I'm pleased to say that we were able to resolve the underlying dispute to everyone's satisfaction,'' said attorney James E. McCandlish, who represented the victim in the case.
The harassment case was formally classified as closed in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Monday, days before Jones and his team are due in Portland Friday to play the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 3 of the teams' NBA playoff matchup.
Multnomah County deputy district attorney Charles Sparks said the state opposed the compromise, but he declined to say why. Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill said the office routinely takes a standard position against civil compromises.
Jones, a 22-year-old Portland native, had pleaded not guilty to the allegation he subjected a homeless man to "offensive physical contact'' after his July 31 arrest in Portland.
Portland police had accused Jones of trying to wake two sleeping homeless men who were in the doorway of 114 N.W. Third Avenue, and then stomping on one man's legs.
Portland Sgt. Anthony Passadore was patrolling the Old Town area as bars were closing and witnessed the incident, according to police reports.
At the time of Jones' arrest, his then-lawyer Kevin O'Connell told reporters that Jones may have tripped over the sleeping homeless man, yelled at him to "Wake up!'' and nudged him, but did not stomp on him.
According to O'Connell, the homeless man was sleeping in a doorway next to the bureau's Old Town precinct and his body "partly extended onto the sidewalk.''
Portland police said the homeless man, 46-year-old Daniel John Kellerher, suffered a minor injury and did not require immediate medical attention.
"While acknowledging that Terrence may not have been looking where he was walking, with a crowd that had spilled out into the street and were being herded by the police back onto the sidewalk, Terrence tripped over Mr. Kellerher,'' O'Connell said in a release shortly after Jones' arrest last year.
Jones later obtained high-profile Portland criminal defense attorney Janet Hoffman to represent him. Hoffman has not returned calls for comment.
After Jones' arrest, the court granted him the right to travel internationally with his team without restrictions, court records show.
The compromise bars further prosecution in the case.
Jones, the 18th pick in the 2012 draft, graduated from Portland's Jefferson High School before attending the University of Kentucky.
--Maxine Bernstein




Can Mikhail Prokhorov turn the Nets around?
2010-06-25

With the exception of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, most of the other owners in the NBA stay out of the spotlight. However, it appears that Cuban may have to share some of the attention in the years to come. The new owner of the New Jersey Nets has generated a great deal of notice in recent weeks. Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov has brought a new dynamic to the NBA. It appears that he will do whatever it takes to turn the Nets franchise around. Prokhorov inherits a team that is coming off of one of the worst seasons in the history of the NBA. In the 2009-10 campaign, the Nets were on the verge of posting a dubious feat for a good portion of the year. The 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers set a mark of futility by posting a 9-73 record. The 2009-10 Nets dropped its first 18 contests of the season, and the NBA betting community closed the door on them. As the year progressed, things didn't get much better. After 70 games, New Jersey held a record of 7-63. The Nets were on the brink of a record that no team wanted to be associated with. The club was able to post a respectable 5-7 mark in the final 12 games of the year to avoid the 76ers record. Still, a 12-70 record has left the Nets with a lot of work to do heading into the 2010-11 season.

There are some glimmers of hope heading into the upcoming year for the Nets. New Jersey has a chance to build around one of the top young centers in the league. 22-year-old Brook Lopez was the lone bright spot for the Nets last season. In just his second year in the league, he averaged 19 points and 9 rebounds per outing. In the backcourt, point guard Devin Harris (17 points, 7 assists per game last season) is a solid performer. He will be looking to stay on the floor a little more often next year. Harris has missed 18 or more games in each of the last three seasons. The upcoming draft should provide some help for the club. In a deep draft, the Nets will have 3 of the first 31 selections. New Jersey will have the third overall choice in the draft. The Nets should be able to get an impact frontcourt performer to compliment Lopez. New Jersey will also have selections at spots 27 and 31. With his deep pockets, Prokhorov could be active in this summer's free agency period. He will likely make a strong run at league MVP LeBron James. If Prokhorov is unable to land James, there are several other big names available for the Nets to pursue.

After last year's disaster, the Nets will have a new coach prowling the sidelines this season. It appears that former Mavericks head coach Avery Johnson will be the club's choice. He took Dallas to the NBA Finals back in 2006. Fans of the Nets will be able to watch the club at a new arena in Brooklyn in two years. With Prokhorov's aggressive approach, New Jersey could be a factor in the Eastern Conference quicker than expected.

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