Friday, December 18, 2009
NBA trying to poach Mavs' top scout
By Marc Stein
This week's Weekend Dime details the NBA's attempts to hire away Mavericks director of scouting Amadou Fall to run the league's new offices coming soon in Africa.
The Senegal native has been a trusted advisor to Mavs owner Mark Cuban and president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson for much of the decade and played a key role in the selection of prized rookie guard Rodrigue Beaubois in the June draft.
The Weekend Dime can be found here. An excerpt on the NBA's pursuit of the man known leaguewide as Gallo:
One of the most prominent members of the Mavericks' front-office team has been targeted by the NBA to run its soon-to-open offices in Africa.
Dallas director of scouting Amadou Fall -- who had a key role in the drafting of prized Mavs rookie guard Rodrigue Beaubois and ranks as one of the league's foremost experts on African basketball along with Toronto's Masai Ujiri -- has been offered the opportunity to run the league's new operations in the South African capital of Johannesburg.
The Mavericks declined comment Friday, but league sources say that the NBA is determined to land the Senegal native, who has already served as a lead ambassador for the league on numerous "Basketball Without Borders" community outreach trips to the region.