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  • Rick Pitino says Louisville didn’t run up the score ...: ‘We played four white guys and an Egyptian’

    11/25/2014 11:02:35 AM PST · by EveningStar · 35 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | November 25, 2014 | Bernie Augustine
    Rick Pitino says Louisville didn’t run up the score against Savannah State: ‘We played four white guys and an Egyptian’ Louisville beat Savannah State by 61 points Monday night, 87-26. With five minutes to go in the first half, the No. 6 Cardinals led 29-0 ... “I tried everything. We played four white guys and an Egyptian ..." [coach Rick Pitino]
  • Dwight Howard -- Now Under Criminal Investigation for Child Abuse

    11/18/2014 8:41:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    TMZ ^ | November 18, 2014 | Staff
    Dwight Howard is under criminal investigation for child abuse ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ. We've learned the Cobb County PD in Georgia now has an active criminal investigation into allegations he beat his 6-year-old son Braylon with a belt buckle. TMZ Sports broke the story ... the Dept. of Children and Families in Florida (DCF) determined there wasn't enough evidence of child abuse to go forward, but it turns out the incident occurred in Georgia. Howard admits he hit his kid with a belt, but says he didn't know it was wrong because he was hit as a kid.
  • NBA's new player union chief Michele Roberts rips owners, calls salary cap 'un-American'

    11/13/2014 9:18:37 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | November 14, 2014 | Kelly Dwyer
    Sports fans who bristle at all manner of anti-capitalist leanings in the political or business world routinely side with leagues and team owners when it comes to capping salaries for players who could and usually should earn far more than they’re making. Sports fans who pair face-painting and American flag lapel pin-wearing suddenly turn into crusty old Bolsheviks when it comes to taking free-market enterprise out of the sports they love.
  • Sharia creeps into pro sports: NBA Islamist refuses to even be on floor for National Anthem

    11/10/2014 8:41:01 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 32 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/10/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Last week a Black Islamist professional basketball player refused to come out of his team’s locker room claiming he did so because his “religion” requires him to honor only Islam and nothing else. If you haven’t heard about this don’t be surprised. Sharia has been creeping into professional sports in America through Black athletes for the last several years. All of these players with made up “Islamist” names are under the spell of CAIR and groups like it. Combining this with the “Muslim population Rule,” which holds that as they grow in numbers within a given universe they will become...
  • NBA Cavaliers' Dion Waiters Informs Media That He Is Muslim, Plans to Skip National Anthems

    11/09/2014 12:52:04 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 98 replies
    Northeast Ohio Media Group ^ | November 7, 2014 | Chris Haynes,
    Dion Waiters informs Northeast Ohio Media Group that he is a Muslim and plans to skip national anthems • Update: Dion Waiters clarifies remarks about his pregame ritual, will be there for anthems DENVER, Colo. – Prior to the Cavaliers getting set to take on the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, one of their players was missing from the pregame opening events. Dion Waiters was nowhere to be found when the national anthem was being sung. He was absent when the starting lineups were introduced. It was the first game of the season that he was coming off the bench. He...
  • NBA Basketball: LeBron James Doesn't Look The Same, And No One Can Figure Out Why

    11/07/2014 8:19:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/7/2014 | Tony Manfred
    LeBron James isn't looking like LeBron James right now.This may or may not mean anything. The Cleveland Cavaliers — who added LeBron, Kevin Love, Shawn Marion, and Mike Miller in the offseason — are in the embryonic stage of their development. Also, 80% of LeBron is better than pretty much every other player in the NBA. But LeBron is definitely off. He hasn't been the overpowering physical force he was in Miami early in his second stint with the Cavaliers. There are a wide variety of theories for why — age? weight loss? injury? master plan? — but no single...
  • Basketball star diagnosed with inoperable brain tumor gets shot at college hoops dream...

    11/03/2014 2:59:34 AM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/03/14 | Pete D'amato
    A cancer sufferer achieved her dream of playing in her first college basketball game on Sunday, scoring the first points of the match. Mount St Joseph freshman Lauren Hill, 19, was diagnosed last year with an inoperable brain tumor and was told she had years to live. In September, doctors had a grim update - she wouldn't make it past December - and after years as a standout high school basketball player, Hill's hopes of playing college ball were put in jeopardy.
  • Photo Of Yao Ming Making Shaq Look Short Really Puts Yao Ming's Height In Perspective

    10/10/2014 10:18:58 AM PDT · by blam · 67 replies
    BI ^ | 10-10-2014 | Tony Manfred
    Tony ManfredOctober 10, 2014 Shaquille O'Neal is 7'1" and perhaps the most physically imposing player the NBA has ever seen. Yao Ming, at 7'6", dwarfs him in a photo posted to Shaq's Instagram. Yao wasn't just tall, he was historically, exceptionally tall even by NBA standards. We have more thoughts on this below (via r/NBA):shaq yao ming@shaq Our initial theory was that Yao gained weight, resulting in a size disparity that made him appear taller than Shaq than he used to be. But then we went back and looked at some pictures, and it's clear that Yao made Shaq look...
  • Racism: From Ferguson To The NBA To You

    09/21/2014 5:01:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 21, 2014 | Todd Essig
    Race has been in the news recently, as it should be more than it is. First the tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri captured everyone’s attention, and is still making news. Then a starkly racist email sent by Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson brought back the topic of race relations in the NBA where the owners are mostly white and the players black. And then this week psychologist Jennifer L. Eberhardt won a MacArthur “genius” award for her groundbreaking work on the powerful influence out-of-awareness racial attitudes have in the criminal justice system. Because her research can help us understand troubling news...
  • Complete e-mail sent by [Atlanta Hawks Co-Owner Bruce] Levenson [Race Controversy]

    09/07/2014 2:45:46 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 18 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 8/7/14 | Chris Vivlamore
    Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson cited an “inappropriate and offensive” e-mail he sent two years ago in an abrupt announcement Sunday that he will sell his controlling interest in the team. “I have said repeatedly that the NBA should have zero tolerance for racism, and I strongly believe that to be true. That is why I voluntarily reported my inappropriate e-mail to the NBA." ***** 4. Regarding game ops, i need to start with some background. for the first couple of years we owned the team, i didn’t much focus on game ops. then one day a light bulb went off....
  • V. Stiviano says Donald Sterling is gay, and that she helped him hide it

    08/22/2014 9:21:53 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 31 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | August 21, 2014 | Nancy Dillon
    Donald Sterling's former assistant claims she never had sex with the billionaire bigot because he’s homosexual — and she was his beard. V. Stiviano made the bombshell allegation in court paperwork filed Thursday as an answer to a prior lawsuit filed by Sterling’s wife, Shelly Sterling, a source told the Daily News.
  • Judge rules against NCAA in O'Bannon case

    08/08/2014 4:44:57 PM PDT · by C19fan · 4 replies
    AP ^ | August 8, 2014 | Tim Dahlberg
    A federal judge has ruled that the NCAA can't stop college football and basketball players from selling the rights to their names and likenesses, opening the way to athletes getting payouts once their college careers are over. In a landmark decision issued Friday, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled in favor of former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon and 19 others in a lawsuit that challenged the NCAA's regulation of college athletics on antitrust grounds. In a partial victory for the NCAA, though, Wilken said the NCAA could set a cap on the money paid to athletes, as long as...
  • Metta changing name to 'The Pandas Friend'

    08/07/2014 5:37:58 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    ESPN ^ | Ian Begley
    That's the approach the player formerly known as Ron Artest is taking as he prepares to play his first season in China. China Daily reported that Artest, known most recently as Metta World Peace, has decided to change his name to "Panda Friend."
  • Obama Dismisses 'Haters'

    07/22/2014 12:38:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 21, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)During a town hall with young people, President Obama explained how he deals with people who criticize him. “I just don’t watch TV,” Obama joked, after he was asked about his critics during a town hall promoting the White House "My Brother's Keeper" initiative. Obama advised young people to listen to critics who actually had their interests at heart. “Who gives you constructive criticism because they’re invested in the same things you are but maybe can see the things you can’t, versus folks who are just -- what’d someone say -- hatin’? Somebody just hatin’, just haters?” Obama said. Obama...
  • Red Klotz, loser of thousands of games to the Harlem Globetrotters, dies at 93

    07/14/2014 8:28:59 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 14, 2014 | Matt Bonesteel
    Red Klotz, who owned, coached and played for a number of teams that toured with and lost to the Harlem Globetrotters — most famously the Washington Generals — died Saturday in his sleep in Margate, N.J., the Press of Atlantic City reported. He was 93. Klotz was a prep basketball standout in Philadelphia, twice being named that city’s high school player of the year before going on to play at Villanova. He was on the Baltimore Bullets’ 1947-48 NBA championship team. At 5 feet 7, he is tied with six others as the third-shortest NBA player ever, and was the...
  • LeBron James decides to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers

    07/11/2014 1:43:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 07/11/2014 | MIKE BRESNAHAN
    LeBron James is removing his talents from Miami. Four years after stunning the NBA world with “The Decision,” the Miami Heat forward announced an even larger revelation on SI.com Friday, perhaps destined to be called “The Redemption.” James, 29, will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, close to his hometown of Akron and far from the sunny beaches where he led the Heat to four NBA Finals appearances, two ending in championships. "I’m not promising a championship," James says in the first-person essay. "I know how hard that is to deliver. We’re not ready right now. No way. Of course, I...
  • LeBron: I'm coming back to Cleveland

    07/11/2014 9:31:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    SI ^ | July 11, 2014 | LeBron James
    Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up. I sometimes feel like I’m their son. Their passion can be overwhelming. But it drives me. I want to give them hope when I can. I want to inspire them when I can. My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.
  • Suiting Up

    07/02/2014 6:29:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 2014 | Rich Tucker
    Brazil is known for many things. Soccer, of course, and its team is keeping its end up, having advanced to the final 8 in the World Cup. Another famed thing is its casual dress code. Visitors to beaches often find that virtually every woman is wearing a bikini, for example. “Body type seemingly had no influence on a woman’s choice of swimwear -- indeed, there were plenty of bikini-clad woman of all ages happily and unselfconsciously sporting bellies, flab, and cellulite,” traveler Michael Sommers wrote a few years ago. “Unlike North Americans, in general, Brazilians tend to be much more...
  • LeBron James To Opt Out Of Miami Heat Contract, Become Free Agent

    06/24/2014 8:46:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/24/2014 | Tony Manfred
    LeBron James will exercise the early termination option in his contract with the Miami Heat, becoming an unrestricted free agent, his agent told ESPN's Chris Broussard. It doesn't necessarily mean that he's leaving Miami. By opting out, he can sign a new five-year maximum contract with the Heat. If he left Miami, he could only get a four-year deal with a slightly lower annual salary. The difference between staying and leaving is $33 million.
  • Israel Grasps the Basketball Crown: Israel Excels in Science, Art, Culture and Now, Sports

    06/17/2014 6:53:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/17/2014 | Michael Curtis
    Who would have thought Israel would dream the impossible dream, fight and beat the undefeatable foe not only in the fields of science, startup companies, art, or culture, but in those of sport? Its barely imaginable world victory was registered on May 18, 2014 when the Israeli basketball team, Maccabi Electra TV, won the Euroleague Basketball Championship. Maccabi beat Real Madrid 98-86 in Milan in overtime in the finals after defeating CSKA of Moscow and Emporio Armani Milan in earlier rounds. With its victory, Maccabi may have reached the moon, but its joy was not unalloyed. Maccabi supporters sang the...
  • 2014 NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs By The Numbers [A Model Sports Franchise]

    06/16/2014 7:21:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Forbes ^ | 06/16/2014 | Kurt Badenhausen,
    The San Antonio Spurs clinched their fifth NBA title in franchise history Sunday night, and the championships have all come since the team drafted Tim Duncan with the first overall pick in the 1997 NBA draft. The five titles are the fourth most in NBA behind only the Boston Celtics (17), Los Angeles Lakers (16) and Chicago Bulls (6). Third-year forward Kawhi Leonard won the NBA Finals MVP. The Spurs have the highest winning percentage in major pro sports since 1997 and the team has not won fewer than 60% of its game in any season since drafting Duncan. The...
  • AP Source: Donald Sterling hires investigators

    06/14/2014 2:25:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | June 13, 2014 | Tami Abdollah
    A person with knowledge of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's legal strategy says his team of lawyers has hired four private investigation firms to dig up dirt on the NBA's former and current commissioners and its 29 owners. The individual, who wasn't authorized to talk publicly, says investigators were given a six-figure budget over the next 30 days to examine the league's finances, allegations of previous discriminatory conduct and compensation to past commissioner David Stern and current commissioner Adam Silver. They're also looking into whether other owners ever made any off-color jokes, or racist or sexist remarks....
  • Native Americans' Anti-Redskins Ad Airs During NBA Finals

    06/11/2014 6:47:23 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 34 replies
    ABC ^ | June 10, 2014 | RHEANA MURRAY
    Native Americans are sending a loud message to the Washington Redskins. A northern California tribe paid for a commercial to air in seven major U.S. cities during halftime of Tuesday's NBA Finals game, their latest plea for the NFL team to change its “racist” name and mascot.
  • Op-Ed: A New Middle League: Trade Peres for David Blatt

    06/10/2014 3:28:50 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/6/14 | Dr. Aryeh Hirsch
    With the rumored move of Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball coach David Blatt to the NBA, a whole new arena of activity can open up for outgoing President Shimon Peres. One can only imagine the press conference: “Maccabi Tel Aviv announces the signing of our new coach, the illustrious Shimon Peres. Mr Peres, please, explain your views on the world of sports". Coach Peres: "It is with great honor and happiness that I accept this new assignment. After all, to be welcomed by the Euroleague champion, perpetual winner of the Israel League Cup - and here am I, the perennial loser….....
  • Attorney: Donald Sterling says no to Clippers deal, suit is on

    06/09/2014 7:15:02 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 58 replies
    AP ^ | June 9, 2014
    Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has pulled his support from a deal to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and will pursue his $1 billion federal lawsuit against the NBA, his attorney said Monday. "We have been instructed to prosecute the lawsuit," said attorney Maxwell Blecher. He said co-owner Donald Sterling would not be signing off on the deal to sell.
  • Donald Sterling's Last Laugh: Tax-Free $2 Billion Clippers Sale

    06/06/2014 10:27:53 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    Forbes ^ | Robert W. Wood
    L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling seems to be sitting pretty. Sure, he endured bad press and probably would not have sold the team were it not for the NBA action. He may not even get to do his own negotiating, since the NBA stepped in. But a $2 billion sale to Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer isn’t half bad. Still, taxes could eat a big piece of his outsize profit. With these high numbers and Sterling’s advanced age, income and estate taxes look bleak, but are they? First, let’s take income tax. Mr. Sterling only paid $12.5 million for the Clippers in...
  • Sterling’s Gal Pal V Stiviano Brutally Beaten Up In NYC Lawyer Claims — Called The ‘N Word’

    06/02/2014 12:03:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Radar Online ^ | June 1, 2014 | Jen Heger, Assistant Managing Editor
    The woman at the center of the Donald Sterling racism scandal, the ex-Los Angeles Clippers owner’s gal pal V Stiviano, was badly beaten up by two white men in New York City on Sunday night, her lawyer has confirmed exclusively to RadarOnline. Around 7pm, as Stiviano was leaving the Gansevoort Hotel in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, “two white men descended on her,” attorney Mac Nehorary said. “They were about 5’7 and they knew exactly who she was. They began to hit her and called her the N word. “Other disgusting slurs were made against her. She was able to run away...
  • Inevitable: Complaints About How Sterling Is Being 'Rewarded' For Racism

    05/31/2014 7:55:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | May 31, 2014 | Tom Blumer
    I guess the PC sports press was hoping for a high-tech lyching of sorts, wherein Donald Sterling, the owner in limbo who is soon to be former owner of the National Basketall Association's Los Angeles Clippers, would be frog-marched out of his office and dumped onto Skid Row, never to be heard from again, for his undeniably racist remarks to his now ex-girlfriend about how he didn't want her bringing blacks to Clippers games while directing racial invective at other specific persons. It's not working out that way. In fact, quite the opposite. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is reportedly...
  • Lawyer: Donald Sterling to sue NBA for $1 billion

    05/30/2014 2:54:19 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 57 replies
    foxsports.com ^ | 5/30/2014 | various
    Donald Sterling is preparing to sue the NBA for $1 billion, according to a report from NBC News. The report comes a day after it was announced the Sterlings, actually via Shelly Sterling, had reached an agreement to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
  • Steve Ballmer, The L.A. Clippers And The Basketball Bubble

    05/30/2014 10:44:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Forbes ^ | 05/30/2014 | Nathan Vardi
    The U.S. stock market is trading at all-time highs, the yields on U.S. government bonds are at eye-popping lows and the nation’s professional basketball teams are selling for more than most observers previously thought possible. That the U.S. economy shrank in the first quarter of the year is the disturbing backdrop for this stunning surge in asset prices—call it the basketball bubble. Forbes first reported early on Thursday that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer had submitted a $1.8 billion bid for the Los Angeles Clippers and that the team could go for $2 billion before all was said and done....
  • Rush Limbaugh: Mark Cuban Proved ‘Hoodie’ Is Now the ‘H-Word’

    05/23/2014 5:37:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Mediaite ^ | May 23, 2014 | Matt Wilstein
    On Friday, Rush Limbaugh opened his radio show by diving into recent comments Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban made about how own struggles with “bigotry” and “prejudice.” Limbaugh did not seem to have any particular problems with what Cuban said, but was rather offended by his subsequent apology to Trayvon Martin’s family for using a “black kid in a hoodie” as one example of who he would avoid on a dark street. “I know I’m prejudiced and I know I’m bigoted in a lot of different ways,” Cuban said at Nashville, Tennessee’s GrowCo Conference. “If I see a black kid...
  • Report: Grant Hill, Yao Ming lining up groups to bid on Clippers

    05/23/2014 4:04:47 PM PDT · by windcliff · 3 replies
    SI ^ | 5-23-14 | Tim Polzer
    When and how the Los Angeles Clippers officially are put up for sale — and by whom — are yet to be determined, but two more former NBA headliners reportedly are lining up separate ownership groups to bid on the franchise. ESPN’s Marc Stein reports Grant Hill and Yao Ming are actively preparing to make a run at becoming NBA owners. Hill and Ming join a list of former players and celebrities linked to having interest in owning the Clippers, including former Lakers star and Dodgers owner Magic Johnson, Oprah Winfrey, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Oracle CEO Larry...
  • Report: Mark Cuban Hired Former FBI Agent to Investigate NBA After 2006 Finals

    05/22/2014 10:20:59 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Even though Warren Flagg, the retired FBI agent who's at the center of this brewing piece of news, was pretty definitive with his words, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban isn't having any of it: To set the record straight. I have never hired or consulted with any former FBI agents to investigate our 2006 Finals.
  • Maccabi Tel Aviv Victory Sparks Torrent of Anti-Semitic Abuse 17,500 anti-Semitic tweets in one day

    05/20/2014 10:44:00 PM PDT · by idov · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | May 21, 2004 | AFP
    Twitter users in Spain posted 17,500 messages of anti-Semitic abuse after Israeli basketball team Maccabi Tel Aviv beat Real Madrid on Sunday to win the Euroleague Championship, Jewish associations said Tuesday.
  • Maccabi Tel Aviv Avenges 1492 Spanish Expulsion Beating Madrid

    05/18/2014 11:26:09 PM PDT · by Tzvi INN.com · 5 replies
    The Jewish Independent ^ | May 19, 2014 | Yori Yanover
    For the record, if you're thinking Maccabbi Tel Aviv is just another European team, living off the leftovers of players who failed to make it into the NBA, well, you'd be mostly right, except that MTA was also the first European team to defeat an NBA team (Washington Bullets, 1978), and then, in 2005, beat the Toronto raptors 105-103. Otherwise, they've lost all their NBA matches.
  • Why The NBA Is Taking So Long To Oust Donald Sterling (Discovery might hurt other owners)

    05/16/2014 1:37:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 15, 2014 | Roger Groves
    The question raised by NBA’s Stephen A. Smith, Spike Lee, and several NBA players, current and past, is “Why is it taking so long to fire Donald Sterling?” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was so strong and strident in his announcement that steps would be taken “immediately” to do just that. There was no ambiguity about whether they were going to fire Sterling for his racist comments against African Americans. It is a done deal. Commissioner Silver surely would not have made such a profound announcement without having consulted the other NBA owners. So why hasn’t the first shoe dropped? Like...
  • Russell Westbrook Accuses Los Angeles Clippers of Being Floppers

    05/12/2014 5:25:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Bleacher Report ^ | May 12, 2014 | Ben Leibowitz
    The Western Conference semifinal series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers has been a back-and-forth battle. Matchups on the interior as well as on the perimeter have been physical, but OKC point guard Russell Westbrook doesn’t want anyone to mistake "flopping" for "chippyness." Per CBS Sports’ Royce Young, the talented floor general said the following: It’s fair to say that Westbrook is frustrated following Game 4's blown opportunity. After leading by a 22-point margin, the Thunder managed to blow a double-digit fourth-quarter lead. Instead of OKC taking a commanding 3-1 series advantage, the Clips knotted things up...
  • LeBron James: Entire Sterling family should be prohibited from owning Clippers

    05/11/2014 11:24:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Sports Illustrated's SI Wire ^ | May 11, 2014 | Marc Weinreich
    LeBron James said Sunday that no one in the entire Sterling family should be allowed to own the Clippers, according to Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press, who spoke to James during the team’s shootaround in Brooklyn before the team readies for Game 4 vs. the Nets on Monday. James said it’s the right thing to do, from the players’ perspective, to disallow any kind of transfer of ownership within the Sterling family: ”As players, we want what’s right and we don’t feel like no one in his family should be able to own the team.” The comments come less...
  • Punished for His Thoughts: More on Adam Silver's panicky rush to judgment

    05/08/2014 6:42:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    So, here I am, still in Denver, a lovely city, but too high up. Herewith, a few lowly thoughts about Mr. Donald Sterling, his private conversations with his mistress, the media lynching of him, and the actions of the NBA sanctioning him severely for those private thoughts and comments. “It’s a slippery slope,” said billionaire sports club owner Mark Cuban when asked about the sanctions. I am not sure what he meant, but he’s right. Sterling is being punished for his thoughts. He is being punished for actions that make the NBA look bad even though they were not actions...
  • Is there a different standard for black NBA coaches? (Race Card)

    05/08/2014 11:27:46 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    SF Gate ^ | May 7, 2014 | Scott Ostler
    The good thing about the Donald Sterling mess, as Mark Jackson pointed out when the scandal was raging, is that it got people talking about racism. The more open discussion we have, the better chance of changing and healing. Hey, maybe the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP should give Sterling another achievement award. But seriously, race discussion continues, even as Sterling sinks into the sunset. The focus is still on the NBA - on David Stern and Adam Silver, team owners and the players - for giving Sterling a pass for so long. But now the spotlight is also...
  • Tommy Lasorda on V. Stiviano: "I hope she gets hit with a car"

    05/07/2014 9:45:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Baseball Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda says he's not surprised by his friend Donald Sterling's racist remarks. The former Dodgers manager tells West Palm Beach station WPBF after 30 years of friendship with Sterling, "It doesn't surprise me that he said those things. And he shouldn't have said it." Lasorda also offered his thoughts on the woman Sterling was talking to on the tape, V. Stiviano, saying: "I don't wish that girl any bad luck, but I hope she gets hit with a car."(continued)
  • “Will Someone Please Represent Me?” Donald Sterling’s Looking for Lawyers

    05/07/2014 7:46:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Lawfuel ^ | May 6, 2014 | The Editors
    Donald Sterling may be down, but he’s not out and he’s out looking for a law firm to help him sue the NBA, who are attempting to force him to sell the LA Clippers. According to media reports the combative and controversial Clippers boss is preparing to sue the NBA and fight attempts to make him sell the lucrative franchise. The reports are not entirely authoritative, coming from TMZ, but they are likely true given the nature of Donald Sterling, 80, and his humiliation over what has occurred in recent times. For him, the issue is of his own making...
  • Claim: Warriors Coach Fired for Christian Views on Homosexuality

    05/07/2014 9:44:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Breitbart's California ^ | May 7, 2014 | Joel B. Pollak
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Was Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson fired for his Christian views on gay marriage? That's what Ann Killion is asking at sfgate.com, noting that Jackson's lukewarm reaction to the coming-out of Jason Collins, last year was something of a mismatch for the Bay Area, which is the global capital of gay politics and culture. Killion writes: Everything about Jackson was under scrutiny, which includes his very public persona as a religious man. It was probably not at the top of the list, but was probably on the list.... When Jason Collins made his historic pronouncement last year that...
  • Oregon State fires Craig Robinson [Mooch's brother]

    05/07/2014 4:33:40 AM PDT · by bjorn14 · 15 replies
    www.espn.go.com ^ | 5 May 2014
    Oregon State has fired Head Basketball Coach Craig Robinson after six seasons and a 94-105 record with no NCAA/NIT post-season appearances. He had 3 years left on his contract and will receive a $4 million dollar buyout.
  • No Taxes If Sterling Is Forced to Sell

    05/06/2014 11:15:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Daily Beast ^ | May 5, 2014 | Nick Lum
    Donald Sterling’s reputation had a bad week, but his pocketbook has never looked better. The punishment meted out by NBA Commissioner Silver—the maximum league fine of $2.5 million—pales in comparison to the billion dollars Sterling stands to make from selling the Clippers. Ironically, the league’s nuclear option—a forced sale—could also end up lining Sterling’s pocketbook with millions in tax savings. Instead of his just deserts, will Sterling end up with a sweet tax treat? First, there’s never been a better time for Sterling to sell, financially speaking. The Clippers have historically been regarded as one of the worst teams in...
  • Redick: Donald Sterling ‘Didn’t Want To Pay Me Because I Was White’

    05/05/2014 1:59:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Los Angeles Clippers guard J.J. Redick says that owner Donald Sterling was hesitant to sign him last summer because he’s white. Speaking to USA Today, Redick went into detail about how his four-year, $27 million sign-and-trade deal almost fell apart despite being initially agreed upon. “I’ve been told both ways: one, that he didn’t want to pay me because I was white, and that he didn’t want to pay me because I was a bench player,” Redick, the former Duke University star told USA Today. “I didn’t know until after the face. I just got a weird phone call from...
  • Brother of Michelle Obama reportedly fired as basketball coach at Oregon State

    05/05/2014 8:55:23 AM PDT · by BlueStateRightist · 76 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | May 5, 2014 | Foxnew.com
    Oregon State has fired men's basketball coach Craig Robinson, the brother of First Lady Michelle Obama, according to Sports Illustrated. Craig Robinson, who guided the team to a 93-104 record in six years, has three more years remaining on this contract and the university is expected to owe him more than $4 million. The magazine cited unnamed sources with knowledge of the situation.
  • Source: Coach Craig Robinson fired by Oregon State

    05/05/2014 6:46:29 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 26 replies
    cnnsi ^ | 5-5-14 | Pete Thamel
    Oregon State fired head coach Craig Robinson on Sunday night, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. In six seasons, Robinson went 93-104 with no NCAA tournament appearances. The Beavers went 16-16 last season and are losing all five starters from that team. The biggest surprise of the firing of Robinson, the brother-in-law of President Barack Obama, comes with the timing. Oregon State's season ended six weeks ago with a loss to Radford in the CBI and Robinson had reportedly received support from Oregon State's administration. Robinson has three more years remaining on this contract and the university...
  • Thought Policing Comes to the Sports Leagues

    05/04/2014 9:33:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    As the Donald Sterling mess was going down earlier this week, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban made an interesting and prescient point. He said he’d rather that Sterling—who said that he didn’t want his mistress to bring black fellers to his basketball team’s games—was not a NBA owner but that he felt uncomfortable forcing a sale of the team for what amounted to the man’s thoughts. Here’s Cuban in the New York Daily News: “In this country, people are allowed to be morons,” Cuban said. “They’re allowed to be stupid. They’re allowed to think idiotic thoughts. … Within an organization...
  • LA Mayor: Donald Sterling Will Put Up 'Long Fight' To Keep Clippers

    05/04/2014 7:23:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 93 replies
    It's Jew Vs. Jew as Battle Over Team Heats Up.Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Sunday he expects Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling to put up a “long, protracted fight” to retain ownership of the team after being banned for life from the National Basketball Association because of racial comments. Garcetti, appearing on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” program, was asked about a potential boycott of Clippers games if Sterling balks and said, “I would certainly keep that arrow in my quiver.” Last week NBA Commissioner Adam Silver fined Sterling $2.5 million and imposed a lifetime ban after...