When an NBA player is fined, where does the money go?
Various places, says Trail Blazer President Steve Patterson.
'It could go back to the club, to a charity or charities, to a fund for the players,' Patterson says. 'Some teams might use it to finance a sound system for their weight room. The bigger ones often go to charities or the team's foundations.'
The $250,000 that Damon Stoudamire was fined after his July 3 drug arrest already has been taken from the guard's paycheck, Patterson says. Because the NBA Players' Association is appealing the fine, the money sits in an escrow account until an arbitrator hears the case.
No word on when that will happen or what the situation will be with Stoudamire, who remains in Houston as part of a voluntary inpatient program for a minimum of 30 days.
'It is working through the channels,' says Stoudamire's agent, Aaron Goodwin. 'We know (the fine) is going to be thrown out, because it is way over the NBA limitations, but I can't tell you when it will happen.'
• Reports in Europe that Arvydas Sabonis has decided to end his NBA career are premature, agent Herb Rudoy says.
'Arvydas hasn't made any decision whatsoever,' says Rudoy, who has spoken once with Sabonis this summer. 'He said when he is ready, he is going to tell me. I am just waiting.'
If the rights to Sabonis were traded, would he be more interested in playing?
'We haven't even talked about that,' Rudoy says.
Last week, Portland offered Sabonis' nonguaranteed contract and a first-round pick to Indiana for Brad Miller, who wound up in a trade that sent him to Sacramento. Sabonis' $7 million contract still could be used by Blazer General Manager John Nash in a deal.
nÊSophomore receiver Jayson Boyd has flunked out of school and won't play football for Oregon State this year.
• Steve Forbes is getting the fight he wanted, and he doesn't even have to go to El Salvador to get it.
The 27-year-old Portlander will face champion Carlos Hernandez for the International Boxing Federation junior lightweight title Oct. 4 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Forbes, 23-1, previously held the belt. 'I am taking it back,' he says.
Forbes thought he would have to go to Hernandez's native country for the bout.
'We had to take a pay cut to get it in the States, but I would take that over going down there and getting screwed (on the judging),' Forbes says. 'Hernandez is a cool, straightforward fighter. He is a pressure fighter who leaves himself open a lot. People are going to see a lot of good things from me. I am going to be very effective in this fight.'
• Another fighter who could be on the Oct. 4 Staples card is Tonya Harding, equipped with her third trainer since her pro boxing debut in February Ñ Portland's Paul Brown. Before that, Harding (3-1) fights Saturday against Kendra Davis (2-1) in Dallas.
Harding, 32, dumped Will Massie and hired Brown six weeks ago.
'She has done a beautiful job,' says Brown, who works with about 15 Portland area boxers. 'On Saturday, you are going to see a whole new Tonya Harding. You are going to see a boxer instead of a street fighter.'
Brown says he intends to be a good influence on Harding.
'Tonya is really trying to get her life together,' Brown says. 'She's picking the right company to hang around. She said, 'Paul, I don't want to associate myself with anything bad anymore.' A lot of the things that happened in her life, it was the company she was keeping. She's trying to better herself now.'
Brown, who says he has booked Harding for a September spot on the 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,' envisions vast improvement in the ring for his latest protŽgŽ.
'The next five or six fights will tell the difference,' Brown says. 'If she sticks to what she has learned over the last six weeks, then you can start putting her in there with Christy Martin, Leila Ali and the great women fighters. Her competitive edge is unreal. It is what made her so great as a skater.'
• Who can claim that there's a dearth of big-time pro sports in Portland? Not anymore. On Friday and Saturday nights, the legendary Ann 'Banana Nose' Calvello will be at the Hollywood Theatre to celebrate her 74th birthday and help with the Portland premiere showing of the roller derby documentary 'Demon of the Derby.'
Media sources say Calvello is now working part time bagging groceries at a Safeway. But roller derby's 'Meanest Mama on Skates' during the late '40s, '50s and '60s is still skating. The documentary follows her for two years in her attempt to be the first pro athlete to have competed continuously in a sport for six decades.
• Helen Gill, the matriarch of Oregon State basketball, died last week in Corvallis. The widow of legendary coach Slats Gill was 98.
• Former Portland Pilots soccer star Shannon MacMillan is trying to speed her rehabilitation after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee May 18. Recovery time averages six to nine months, which would keep her off the U.S. team that will compete in the World Cup beginning Sept. 21. MacMillan's knee is coming along quickly, however. She is running, conditioning and traveling with the U.S. team and is expected to be medically cleared to play soccer in mid-August. Maybe, she figures, she can still play a role.