Western Notes: Clippers, Benson, Karl

Pelicans and Saints owner Tom Benson must undergo evaluations by three different doctors to determine whether the 87-year-old is competent enough to retain control of the two franchises, Andy Grimm of The Times-Picayune reports. One doctor will be named by Benson and a second will be chosen by his daughter, Renee, and her children, who are seeking to take control of the teams after his death. Those two doctors will jointly name a third physician and all will evaluate Benson, Grimm  adds.

Here’s more from the Western Conference:

  • In a statement released by Benson via the Saints Twitter feed, the embattled owner declared his intention to spare no expense in defending his control of the team and mental state. Benson also noted that he has instructed his attorney Phil Wittmann to make public the results of his medical evaluations as soon as possible.
  • The Grizzlies have recalled Jarnell Stokes and Russ Smith from the Iowa Energy, their D-League affiliate, the team has announced. This concludes the fourth trek of the season to the D-League for both players.
  • Clippers coach and president of basketball operations Doc Rivers said that the team would wait until after the All-Star break to bring in another player to bolster its roster, Dan Woike of The Orange County Register relays. The reason behind the wait is the upcoming All-Star break, since the team wouldn’t be able to maximize the amount of games it would receive from a player signed to a 10-day contract until the end of the break, Woike notes. Rivers wouldn’t say if the team was looking to bring in a big man to replace the injured Blake Griffin, or to sign another guard, Woike adds.
  • Sources close to the situation say many of the Nuggets players George Karl coached in Denver still text Karl after games and ask his advice on matchups and style of play, Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders writes. Multiple Kings players have reportedly expressed concerns over the franchise hiring Karl.

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