Deep financial problems contributed to the departure of Thunder TV analyst Grant Long, who had held his position with the team since it moved to Oklahoma City in 2008. The Thunder announced his resignation on July 21.
Earlier this year, Long filed for bankruptcy in federal court. His initial paperwork included two out-of-state casinos that Long said he owed more than $300,000 — $195,000 to the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority and $125,000 to Bally’s Park Place. The bankruptcy case was later dismissed.
According to records in his filing, Long earned $166,000 from the Thunder in 2013 and $193,000 in 2012. He listed his assets as $65,500 in personal property, including $40,000 for a 2009 Cadillac Escalade and $20,000 for a 2011 Infinity.
Long’s financial troubles came out in the open in July when KOKH-25 reported that Long had failed to repay a $5,000 loan from Larry Rowell, an Oklahoma City jewelry store owner. Rowell said Long had agreed to pay him back $6,000 in 45 days. Court records indicate several other businesses had filed lawsuits against Long.
When asked by KOKH about his debts, Long declined to discuss the matter.
“That’s my personal business, and I won’t go into that,” Long said.
Long could not be reached for comment by The Oklahoman.
Long, 48, played 14 seasons in the NBA, including his first seven seasons with the Miami Heat.