Buyer beware, caveat being, we need our racists, idiots running and blemishing the reputation of sports

Buyer beware, caveat being, we need our racists, idiots running and blemishing the reputation of sports

Just when you might have thought that the ongoing within the NBA had died down , Los Angeles Clippers’ beleaguered and disgraced owner , Donald Sterling has opposed the deal that would allow his estranged wife to sell the team. Sterling , once a practicing lawyer in the area of corporate litigation, before making a name of himself, as one of the city of Los Angeles’ biggest residential and commercial landlords, is ready for a legal battle , while he pursues the NBA , its hierarchy and in particular , present NBA Commissioner Adam Silver . The owner’s lawsuit , which will be filed in the US Federal Court, could lead to a long protracted legal battle, that is likely to show the inner workings of the league hierarchy , with a number of the league’s more inappropriate actions , likely to lead to a great deal of embarrassment for Adam Silver and his predecessor David Stern.

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The NBA Postseason now down to the final two participants, with the defending champions the Miami Heat seeking to defeat the San Antonio Spurs and win their third consecutive NBA title and the franchise’s fourth overall. This chapter for the NBA has overshadowed the postseason as it began to unwind. It certainly did not help, with the league itself, showing very little solidarity from the outset. Mark Cuban inferred, while there are stereotype approaches within sports and the NBA in particular, there remains a lack of understanding of the outside world beyond the domain that they cannot control.

Steve Ballmer’s $2 billion bid is now likely to be placed on hold , because Sterling can and will seek to have an injunction seeking to negate the sale and any action that the league would seek to fully carry out Ballmer’s purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers. I firmly believe at the end of this all, Donald Sterling is simply seeking to further embarrass the NBA , while the players , NBPA (Players’ Union) and owners should be also looking at themselves , concerning their lack of action , when it was widely known of the inclinations of the Clippers’ owner and his stance on race. Public interviews and his now being embraced by idiots within the African-American community, such as the NAACP and a number of African-American churches, cannot hide the statements made by this now disgraced owner.

As the news first came to the attention of the media and public alike, it was rather idiotic to witness, not only the press’ own reporting of the story, but also the complete apathy of the fans, with some rather asinine comments being made by fans. Perhaps I may well have missed something , but at what point has the United States advanced in terms of race relations ? Is it, because the electorate voted for a President, who just happens to be biracial? Or as a feel-good moment, they can actually say “ well, I have friends who are African –American and I have never used the ‘N’ word “ . If blame is to be apportioned anywhere concerning what has now happened within the NBA, then it falls squarely on the shoulders of the players , union , league hierarchy , and coaches in their failure to discuss the matter. The NBA, like their counterparts within Major League Baseball (MLB) , the NHL and NFL , have failed miserably, in dealing with a social issue that is now becoming an epidemic. If players such as LeBron James , Dwyane Wade , Tim Duncan and Kevin Durant failed to let their voices be heard , while respected coaches such Gregg Popovich , Doc Rivers , Rick Carlisle , Erik Spoelstra and Tom Thibodeau ” goose-stepped ” .behind the idiocy of Adam Silver and his predecessor David Stern, then it simply shows how completely out of touch the league remains. As to the owners themselves , prominent individuals such as James Dolan , Mikhail Prokhorov , Peter Holt , Jim Buss and Michael Jordan have all remained silent , while the incompetency of the league simply mishandled this mess, never-mind an owner such as Rich DeVos remains untouched after his homophobic diatribe . It begs the question , the NBA tolerates some egregious and heinous actions, while seeking to make an example of others , merely to curry favor with their fans.

I don’t profess to having all the answers concerning the ongoing stupidity of the NBA , but this belief, the hierarchy as led by Adam Sterling, has any real idea about what they are now doing . If this particular league, can continue to show as much incompetency, as witnessed throughout this monumental farce. Why would anyone now believe , that the league hierarchy, now has the wherewithal to defeat an owner they simply enabled over the years to get away with some of the most heinous actions one would have thought possible , especially when you consider the makeup of the league’s players in terms of ethnicity ? As to the damn idiocy, that David Stern has acted in the best interests of the NBA . Well perhaps, it would be the case, if your are simply considering how the revenues of the league have risen during his tenure, as anything else, would have to be considered a miserable failure

After two games of the best of seven games NBA Finals’ series , it will be interesting to see this rematch between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs . Game one , was a lopsided contest, with Tim Duncan and his teammates prevailing in that victory. Sunday and the Miami Heat rebounded from that loss with a narrow two-point win in game two , with LeBron James leading the way for the defending champions. Miami are seen as the prohibitive favorites to repeat as champions and join a select group of franchises to have won three consecutive NBA championships. Gregg Popovich is likely to try and make that premise as difficult for the Eastern Conference champions as is humanly possible. From my own standpoint, I feel that this series is far from being cut and dried , with true test coming from the determination shown by the Spurs’ bench , if the team is to prevail in this series.

LeBron James and Tim Duncan between them, have won six NBA titles , six League MVP Awards , four Finals’ MVP trophies and made a slew of All Star appearances , as well as being named to the All NBA First Team repeatedly , throughout the large part of their respective careers. As Duncan , having now reached the pinnacle of his career , he can perhaps now look back and review his list of achievements . Undoubtedly, the greatest player in San Antonio Spurs’ history, there is little left by way of feats, left for him to achieve , but, there is still more to be written in the Duncan bio. LeBron James in his brief tenure with the Miami Heat beyond rewriting the history books , he has sealed himself and his legacy as being that franchise’s greatest player and that is with due respect to Dwyane Wade and Alonzo Mourning .

Game three at the AA Arena in Miami , Florida on Tuesday night should prove to be something of a precursor about what the fans could very well expect over the remainder of this series . With the 2-2-1-1-1 revised format added to create more of a suspenseful postseason finale , it is clear that Miami will want to take both home games before having to once again embark on the road to face the Spurs at the AT&T Center in San Antonio , Texas,. While LeBron James is expected be dominant throughout the series , I believe that the pivotal players in these Finals are the bench players of both the Heat and Spurs. Kawhi Leonard , will have to raise the level of his play and it is likely that Erik Spoelstra will be aware of the fact .

Last season’s NBA Finals and the very fact the San Antonio Spurs had the series well within their grasp , only have it wrestled from their hands through their complacency and the determination shown by LeBron James. For the Miami Heat player in having won his second NBA title and second consecutive Finals’ MVP Award , it suggests that James’ will to win and to prove himself the greatest player of this era and certainly one of the best ever to play the game.

LeBron James’ intent on winning a third consecutive championship is likely to play a great deal concerning his impending future with the Miami organization. A likely target during the off-season, James is unlikely to opt out of his current contract , unless the team fails in their current attempt. A series’ win and Pat Riley will be looking to start negotiations with the player , signing him to a deal that will make undoubtedly one of the highest paid players in the NBA , in terms of a salary and contract . His teammates, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade will be in a similar position , but as I alluded to earlier, a third title , makes it but a foregone conclusion that the core of the current roster will remain intact. It seems improbable, James would seek to play elsewhere , with the Heat having achieved a great deal of success over the past four seasons. Speculation that the player could be lured to New York to play alongside his close confidante Carmelo Anthony does seem unimaginable and with Phil Jackson, yet to have found a coach to fill the vacancy left after the firing of Mike Woodson . It does seem even with the likelihood of Derek Fisher being hired to succeed Woodson , there still remains the matter of rebuilding the Knicks’ roster and making it a competitive team for the upcoming season.

Money , undoubtedly be of no object for the Knicks’ organization , yet , the question one might ask , is there any common sense to be found with this particular franchise ? If so, then please explain to me , what Phil Jackson hopes to gain by acquiring Lamar Odom and adding the veteran to the roster ?

The New York Knicks remain a franchise that has fallen upon hard times and much of it, comes from the ineptitude shown by the front office , while James Dolan has presided over this entire mess . Phil Jackson has come in and yet the idiocy still continues , with the once venerable head coach now carrying on where his predecessors have left off . Care to take an opposing view, on that particular issue , where the franchise has actually ran aground ?

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Where do you believe that the NBA has made a litany mistakes in their handling of the Donald Sterling affair ? Do you think that the league can in fact win a legal argument , in terms of their action against the plaintiff (Sterling) , with their not having seriously reprimanded him for prior bad acts ?

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(1) NBA Commissioner Adam Silver pictured left and Donald Sterling , beleaguered owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. . Sterling has filed a civil suit in US Federal Court seeking damages of $1 billion and a second suit has been filed by the real estate mogul to stop the sale of the franchise. If this legal action becomes a protracted affair , the NBA is likely to see its credibility further tarnished . AP Photo / Aidan Mitchell ….

(2) Former Microsoft Chairman Steve Ballmer whose $2 billion bid for the Los Angeles Clippers is likely to be threatened by a legal suit, with Donald Sterling looking to negate the purchase of the team. Getty Images / Chris Moore …..

(3) LeBron James of the Miami Heat looks on prior to the start of Game Two of the 2014 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center on June 8, 2014 in San Antonio. . Getty Images/ Andy Lyons ….

(4) Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs shoots against Ray Allen (34) of the Miami Heat in Game Two of the 2014 NBA Finals at AT&T Center on June 5, 2014 in San Antonio. Getty Images North America/ Nathaniel S Butler ….

(5) The Miami Heat celebrate after defeating the San Antonio Spurs 98-96 in Game Two of the 2014 NBA Finals at the AT&T Center on June 8, 2014 in San Antonio. Getty Images / Chris Covatta …..

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10 thoughts on “Buyer beware, caveat being, we need our racists, idiots running and blemishing the reputation of sports”

  1. I would like to thank the NBA for providing us with one of the drama filled seasons over the past decade . None more so than the damn incompetency shown in Stern’s, this past season . That #sshole should have been put out to pasture long ago , yet , fans continued to champion this pompous fu$king moron . Why , because he was said to be an astute businessman ? I hear that Sarah Palin will be nominated for Nobel Peace Prize , merely because he was a the former Governor of Alaska . Go figure ! Apathy and stupidity all to be found among the generic sports’ fan here in the US .

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  2. Well the Spurs got the better of the Heat and now lead series 2-1 , leaving Miami with an uphill battle to climb . A loss in game four and one might as well say “goodbye” with the Miami Heat’s version of a “three-peat” .

    Now that Donald Sterling has made the decision to pull the plug in his support of the sale of the Clippers. It could place the whole deal with regard to the sale of the franchise to Steve Ballmer , who would be well within his right to walk away from the proposed sale even with the Board of Governors’ approval . An injunction by Sterling really leaves the league with no alternative, other than to buy the franchise , itself .

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  3. The Spurs shot an astonishing 91% in the third quarter on their way to the routing (111-92) of the Miami Heat . And here am I , being told that all Dwyane Wade has to do for his team is to meet his average for this postseason with 19-4-4 ? So nonsensical, when fans can come up with that type of idiocy as a premise to make a case for putting forward an argument to favor the Heat . Wade’s play has been sporadic all postseason, if anyone really wanted to take a real in-depth look at his game . Last night was further evidence of that , with the fact , the Heat can’t defend worth a damn , in spite of the regular season statistics . Apathy and sheer idiocy remains widespread among fans in general .

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  4. David Stern single handed in the the last year has brought the NBA to its knees and now his supporters are looking for ways to shy away from their support . I wonder why ? Clearly the case of some , not acknowledging the fact , he is and has always been a self-absorbed @sshole , along with his successor Adam Silver .

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    “You’re a lying son of a bit#h , you told be this job was easy ” . Stern and Silver (left)

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  5. Don Haskins set the stage for Black players to be accepted in the NCAA. I got to know Coach Haskins while I was covering UNM hoops. UNM and UTEP were hoops rivals. The NBA for all its tolerance is still an example of intolerance. These fools knew of Sterling and his views. Red Auerbach is still a racist. Many of the NBA owners as well as the NCAA refused to allow blacks to play. The NBA had a quota for teams and the number of black players per team. The NCAA NBA and the rest of liberals do not want to look at the fact the home of the KKK is Democrat party. Robert Kennedy had wiretaps on Martin Luther Kings phone. JFK’s father was a Nazi sympathizer and hated my people The Jews.

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  6. Haskins was an incredible coach but unfortunately those who take an interest in the college game tend not to delve that far back in the past . With many , it’s all about the immediacy of the “here and now ” .

    The NBA is still being ran by imbeciles ! And the fact that David Stern still remains a part of the hierarchy even given the Honorary Position of Chairman Emeritus , shows how damn narcissistic that entity remains .

    A myth was created about the Kennedy’s merely to create the perception of their greatness . Joe Kennedy as you say , was not a gilded violet and his intent was clearly known with regard to his ambitions for his family . Have a Catholic in the White House no matter what it took . Unfortunately , the tenure of JFK was a short one and we will never truly know what type of President he would have made . The Cuban Missile Crisis showed him to be somewhat astute but he misjudged the intent of Russians , also .

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  7. Donald Sterling
    now will be fighting on two fronts , as he will battle the NBA hierarchy as well as his estranged wife , Rochelle Stein- Sterling over the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers .

    Courtesy of USA Today

    Donald Sterling’s pride won’t let him go away quietly

    By Jeff Zillgitt , USA Today

    MIAMI — He is going to fight, then he’s not going to fight.

    He’s going to sue, then he’s not going to sue.

    Now, Donald Sterling is going to fight and sue the NBA, Adam Silver and his wife Shelly Sterling.

    Until he decides he’s not going to do that. Which could be tomorrow, the day after or next week.

    From the onset of the audio release of Sterling’s racially insensitive comments, it’s been repeated that Sterling is a fighter and embraces litigation.

    SHELLY: Going to court Wednesday

    STERLING: Plans to pursue NBA suit

    PDF: Sterling’s statement

    His decision for now to fight the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion — a deal brokered by Shelly in a coup that appeared to be bring a quick resolution to an ugly situation — is just another trick play in Sterling’s keep-’em-guessing legal playbook.

    As confident and assured as Silver has been since the Sterling scandal threw the NBA into its biggest crisis since the Tim Donaghy officiating disgrace, the first-year NBA commissioner unintentionally may have provoked Sterling into another one of his never-ending last stands with comments Silver made to reporters Sunday.

    Before Game 2 of the NBA Finals, Silver answered several questions about Sterling. Silver said he had “absolute confidence” Sterling’s lawsuit against him and the NBA will be resolved.

    “Donald is suing himself, and he knows that,” Silver said. “While I understand he is frustrated, I think it’s over. I think it’s just a matter of time now.”

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    More of the asinine hypocrisy of the NBA and their lack of intelligence all round .

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  8. The Heat now seem to be digging themselves a hole that may not be able to extricate themselves from .

    Reports via ESPN’s Chris Broussard have Pat Riley actively pursuing the Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony as an off-season target. If Phil Jackson is unable to secure ‘melo’s long-term commitment , then player is likely to bolt and join the Miami Heat .

    Courtesy of ESPN and first reported by Chris Broussard


    Heat look to target Carmelo Anthony

    By Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein

    MIAMI — The Miami Heat’s immediate focus remains overcoming a 2-1 NBA Finals deficit to the San Antonio Spurs, but discussions have begun within the organization about trying to grow their so-called Big Three into a Big Four, according to sources close to the situation.

    Sources told ESPN.com that Heat officials and the team’s leading players have already started to explore their options for creating sufficient financial flexibility to make an ambitious run at adding New York Knicks scoring machine Carmelo Anthony this summer in free agency.

    The mere concept would require the star trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to all opt out of their current contracts by the end of the month and likely take further salary reductions in new deals that start next season to give Miami the ability to offer Anthony a representative first-year salary. The Heat also are prevented from making any formal contact with Anthony until July 1 and can do so then only if he opts out of the final year of his current contract. Anthony has until June 23 to notify the Knicks of his intentions, according to sources.

    But the success of the Heat’s 2010 free-agent bonanza has established them as the NBA’s undisputed destination franchise, with owner Micky Arison empowering big-thinking team president Pat Riley to attempt to pull off another coup in the market despite new collective bargaining agreement rules aimed at preventing it.

    Sources say internal conversations within the Heat organization about pursuing this course have run concurrently with Miami’s bid to win a third consecutive championship, with sources adding that James in particular is likely to try to recoup potential salary sacrificed through fresh off-court business opportunities if the Heat’s new dream scenario does come to fruition.

    James’ off-court business is booming, thanks to a string of investments paying off massively and the prospect of new opportunities in endorsements and entertainment projects promising to expand his wealth significantly in coming years.

    In a recent example, while James was leading the Heat to a victory over the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference finals, sources say the 29-year-old was finalizing what is believed to be the biggest equity cash payout for a professional athlete in history as part of Apple’s recent $3 billion purchase of Beats Electronics. Sources briefed on the situation say James realized a profit of more than $30 million in cash and stock in the Beats sale after he had struck a deal to get a small stake in the company at its inception in 2008 in exchange for promoting its high-end headphones.

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    The Heat can now afford to break the bank , pay the luxury tax and not give a damn . And that is even if the team has their core group take a salary cut . They are now a profitable organization and have sellout crowds for their home games .

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  9. The odds of the Mami Heat pulling off a game five win in San Antonio, Texas , might not seem remote , but I do not believe that the team is now capable of winning four straight games against a San Antonio Spurs’ team that has been firing on all cylinders throughout the NBA postseason . So much for that Heat ” three-peat ” , the naivete and apathy shown by the fans of the NBA who clearly choose to look at the here and now rather than acknowledging the reality of what is and has been taking place all season long within the NBA and this idiotic rationale that because Miami plays in a weaker conference they would simply then walk through the opposition from the West in the NBA Finals . Clearly, a real lack of intelligence , being shown .

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