Category — Shaq
You can’t change a person’s heart, but you can take away his power.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was right to put the hammer down on Clippers Owner Donald Sterling.
The lifetime ban, heavy fine and attempt to ultimately force him to lose his team were not only well within Silver’s powers, but also in the best interest of the league.
Let’s face it though, this was an easy call for Silver.
Sterling teed him up for the big hit by spewing his racial venom.
The only way Silver didn’t gain total support was to do not enough.
However, Silver set the right tone with his voice, stating not only his professional but personal outrage toward Sterling.
Of all our professional sports leagues, race plays out largest in the NBA. It is a league that for the most part was built on the dollars of rich, older white males and the sweat of young black men.
That alone leads to trust issues.
But that was the old NBA, 1 that had more Sterlings leading teams then we would ever like to admit.
Granted, not all of them are gone, but the younger owners and wiser players have filled voids left by some of the old guard who have seen their time pass.
That’s why it was important that Silver not only hand down punishment but also send a loud message clear to all — that the NBA is not going back in time but rather continuing to move forward.
This is not a black and white issue. This is a right and wrong issue.
Sterling was wrong. Silver got it right.
Then again Silver had to do this.
He had to send a message to the players that he was on their side. He had to send a message to the sponsors that he is going to hear their cries.
Sterling will get his money when the team is finally sold. The rich always get richer. But it is important to note that the rest of the league is a winner.
The ironic thing in all this is that more than any team in Los Angeles, the Clippers reflected the face of the city.
Having covered sports in L.A. for 2 decades, I can tell you no team had a more diverse crowd than the Clippers.
The very people Sterling violated with his vomit are the ones that made him rich.
Now comes the tough questions: Are we going to hold all parties up to such standards?
Kobe Bryant was only fined for his anti-gay slur last year during a game. Could he now be banned for a lifetime since the precedent has been set?
If the NBA is going to become the moral sports leader he must next time.
But that is a different story for a different time.
Now we know that Adam Silver understands what is right and what is wrong. He understood that allowing Sterling to stay would set the league back at least 35-40 years.
We all know times have changed, the world has changed and the games we play have changed.
It is good to see that Silver understands that and is willing to make sure his league is really ready to change.
No, you can’t change the hatred one spews from his mouth, but you sure can take away his microphone.
Sterling’s silence will be golden.
April 29, 2014 No Comments
We keep going back and forth on our pick to win the NBA title. Guess that means we’re as shaky as a $3 bill. Still, unlike last year, when we were within a Gregg Popovich brain cramp from cashing our little meager ticket in Vegas, we believe we’ve got a winner this time.
Three teams could win it all in our book, but none of them are named Thunder, Clippers, Rockets or Lakers. Oops, sorry Laker fans. What were we thinking?
Anyway, without further adieu.
Pacers over Hawks in 6; Bulls over Wizards in 7; Nets over Raptors in 7; and Heat over Bobcats in 5.
Pacers over Bulls in 6 and Heat over Nets in 6.
Heat over Pacers in 7.
Thunder over Grizzlies in 7; Clippers over Warriors in 6; Rockets over Blazers in 6; and Spurs over Mavs in 5.
Clippers over Thunder in 7 and Spurs over Rockets in 6.
Spurs over Clippers in 6.
Spurs over Heat in 6.
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The legendary former player, coach and awesome basketball mind passed Friday. He suffered a stroke last week. Sharman, who guided the 71 Lakers of Hall of Famers Wilt, Jerry West and Gail Goodrich to an NBA record 33 consecutive wins and an NBA title, was 87.
October 25, 2013 No Comments
Excellent piece from our friends at the Sports Fan Journal about Chris Webber being taken as the No. 1 pick by the Orlando Magic. I can still remember being excited about the possibility of Webber and Shaq ruling the paint and the NBA. Of course it wasn’t meant to be.
The Sports Fan Journal
June 28, 2013 No Comments
Like the NCAA Tournament, some NBA player makes a name for himself during the playoffs. Stephen Curry, 1 of the best shooters we’ve ever watched and 1 who almost helped the Warriors stun the Nuggets today in Denver, could be 1 of those players. Writer Shaun Powell compiles a good list of some who might emerge. Another name we would add to it is San Antonio forward Kawhi Leonard. He isn’t spectacular at anything but good at plenty of things.
Sports On Earth
April 20, 2013 No Comments
The Heat are the overwhelming favorites to win the NBA title again, and why shouldn’t they be? We’re hard-headed though. Actually, we’re sticking with our betting slip.
Heat over Bucks in 5; Nets over Bulls in 7; Pacers over Hawks in 5; Knicks over Celtics in 6.
Heat over Nets in 5; Pacers over Knicks in 6.
Heat over Pacers in 6.
Thunder over Rockets in 6; Clippers over Grizzlies in 7 (the Charles Barkley factor); Nuggets over Warriors in 7; Spurs over Lakers in 5.
Thunder over Clippers in 6; Spurs over Nuggets in 5.
Spurs over Thunder in 6.
Championship: Spurs over Heat in 7.
April 19, 2013 3 Comments
We knew Laker fans would lower themselves to such things, but are you kidding us?
Although Laker fans are all giddy (hmmm, last time that’s happened?) with the No. 7 seed, do they really believe this squad is actually capable of anything in the NBA playoffs? Forgive us. I lost $5 to my old lady cuz I bet the Lakers wouldn’t make it, so maybe I’m a little bitter. And I surely forgot how the NBA sometimes figures into these things.
They don’t want to face my homies and the OKC Thunder. They want no part of that can of whip ass. Russell Westbrook again? Oh no, let’s take Timmy Duncan and his choir boy friends. Is that you T-Mac?
Some folks believe the Lakers are better off (is that you Magic Johnson?) making the playoffs instead of tanking for the lottery, like many of us dreamers gamble on everyday. But Dwight and the boys failing Kobe on the final night of the regulation…well the suicide hotline would have been working overtime.
The Lakers are 200-1 to win it all. Your point is?
We’re also pissed seeing the Spurs getting 8-1 since we bet them at 4-1. Someone trying to tell us something? Didn’t think so.
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