On his first day as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers in 1999, Phil Jackson pulled Shaquille O’Neal aside and offered him a deal. Do it my way, Jackson said, and I guarantee that you’ll win the National Basketball Association’s Most Valuable Player award. If you don’t, enjoy free rein on the court.
Eighteen months ago, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. was under U.S. scrutiny because counterfeiters were selling goods on its website. Now it’s heading for what may be the nation’s biggest initial public offering since 2008.
Jason Collins’s Brooklyn Nets jersey, which he will wear in tribute to a gay student who was murdered 16 years ago, led sales in the National Basketball Association’s online store yesterday, the league said.