Former NBA player and Atlanta native Javaris Crittenton has been indicted on charges of murder and gang activity.
Fulton County District Attorney’s spokeswoman Yvette Jones said Tuesday that 25-year-old Crittenton and his cousin, Douglas Gamble, are charged in the death of an Atlanta woman and the attempted murder of another man.
Julian Jones was shot and killed while walking with a group in August 2011. Authorities say that incident and a second shooting were gang-related, and may have been retaliation after Crittenton was the victim of a robbery.
Crittenton was drafted by the Lakers in 2007 and has also played for the Wizards and Grizzlies. He was suspended in 2010 for pulling a gun in the Wizards’ locker room.
Crittenton’s attorney, Brian Steel, says his client is not guilty.
Seattle ready for team
The man who’s trying to bring the NBA’s Sacramento Kings to Seattle says fans have requested 44,000 season tickets in the event the team actually relocates.
Hedge fund manager Chris Hansen had urged Seattle fans to join a “priority ticket wait list” to show the NBA how strong support is for bringing professional men’s basketball back to the city and calls the result “nothing short of stunning.”
Seattle has been without an NBA franchise since the Sonics moved to Oklahoma City in 2008.
Owners are meeting today to discuss the sale and a counter-offer to keep the Kings in Sacramento.
Longtime referee dies
Greg Willard, a longtime NBA referee who worked more than 1,600 games before he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, has died.
Willard died Monday night at 54, according to the league. He was diagnosed with the illness during last season’s playoffs and worked only one more game, a preseason matchup in October not far from his Huntington Beach, Calif., home.
Some NBA players, including three-time MVP LeBron James of the Miami Heat, New Orleans guard Roger Mason and Sacramento center Cole Aldrich, tweeted condolences to Willard’s family. More tributes were expected in the coming days, including moments of silence in Willard’s memory at all NBA games Tuesday and today.