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    ESPN.com news services

    ATLANTA -- NBA commissioner David Stern submitted an affidavit Thursday supporting a vote by the majority of the Atlanta Hawks' ownership board to remove Steve Belkin as the team's representative on the NBA Board of Governors.

    The owners sought intervention from Stern after Boston judge Allan van Gestel on Tuesday granted Belkin's request for a temporary injunction against his ouster. Stern's affidavit was immediately forwarded to van Gestel, which could prompt the judge to reverse his ruling as early as Friday and lead to the formal removal of Belkin as team governor.

    If van Gestel upholds Stern's recommendation to replace Belkin with Michael Gearon Jr. as Hawks governor, Atlanta will be able to complete its sign-and-trade with Phoenix for coveted guard Joe Johnson. The Suns and Hawks reached agreement in late July on a deal that involves Johnson signing a five-year, $70 million contract with Phoenix -- with a $20 million balloon payment up front -- and then moving to Atlanta in exchange for Boris Diaw and two future first-round picks.

    Two-thirds of the Hawks' three-headed ownership structure backed the trade from the start. But Belkin, a part-owner who possesses a 30-percent stake in the franchise, refused to approve the trade, saying the Hawks were giving up too much for Johnson.

    NBA rules dictate that every team, no matter how many owners it has, must designate one representative to notify the league on player transactions. That representative is typically the team governor. Belkin's partners, however, have maintained that his refusal to sign off was an action taken against the majority's wishes and thus grounds for removal.

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that van Gestel, at Tuesday's hearing, urged Belkin's partners to take their case to the commissioner, saying: "Why can't you simply contact the NBA and say, 'We've got a problem. Mr. Belkin is doing terrible things. Can we remove him?'"

    As part of Tuesday's ruling, van Gestel said Stern's approval was a precondition for ousting Belkin.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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  • #2
    Does Sterns know Jaggers?
    I like cheese.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by triggercut1@Aug 11 2005, 07:55 PM
      Does Sterns know Jaggers?
      That ain't funny. I buy all my clothes from Sterns and Jaggers.
      Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law ~

      A.C.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by bombay+Aug 11 2005, 08:57 PM-->
        QUOTE(bombay @ Aug 11 2005, 08:57 PM)

      • #5
        Originally posted by triggercut1@Aug 11 2005, 08:55 PM
        Does Sterns know Jaggers?


        Fixed it...

        "Can't buy what I want because it's free...
        Can't buy what I want because it's free..."
        -- Pearl Jam, from the single Corduroy

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