Los Angeles Clippers president Andy Roeser, who was hired 30 years ago by disgraced owner Donald Sterling, will be taking an indefinite leave of absence, the NBA announced Tuesday. Only Sterling and announcer Ralph Lawler have been with the Clippers longer than Roeser, who was hired in 1984 when the franchise moved from San Diego to Los Angeles and became president in 1986. Roeser served as alternate governor for the Clippers, filling in for Sterling when the owner was not available for
We almost got to hear Donald Sterling’s side of the story. Almost. TMZ.com is reporting that Sterling bailed out of a planned interview with ABC News and Barbara Walters, deciding he was not prepared, along with a second interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. The woman at the center of the scandal surrounding him, V. Stiviano, kept up her side of the bargain and sat with the woman once called BabaWaWa. “I think he feels really alone, Now really supported by those around
Somehow, someway, these 2014 NBA playoffs just keep getting better. Nearly every game has come down to the wire, many going to overtime, and if they aren’t, than Kevin Durant must enforcing his will with an MVP performance. We were treated to three Game 6′s on Thursday night. Thanks to the basketball God’s we will be spoiled by three Game 7′s on Saturday. It can’t get better, can it? Only in the 2014 NBA playoffs can it get better. And it does.
Steve Kerr is the consensus favorite to become the next coach of the New York Knicks as I outlined in my latest column. However, that hasn’t stopped Kerr’s name from surfacing around the league for other openings – including the Lakers. Once Mike D’Antoni and the Lakers parted ways, a list of prominent coaching candidates began to surface including: John Calipari, Lionel Hollins, George Karl, Kevin Ollie, Kurt Rambis, Byron Scott, Jeff and Stan Van Gundy, etc. The Clippers have also joined the rumor
I am not going to defend what Donald Sterling said on the infamous TMZ tapes, because his statements were indefensible. I hate racism. I hate intolerance. And if one of my friends said the types of things that Donald Sterling said, that person wouldn’t be my friend for long. But I am a journalist by trade, and all journalists are taught to look at BOTH sides of a story. So what about Donald Sterling? Was he railroaded? Was this a set-up aimed at
With much of the national discourse centering on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, the reality of the matter is that a lifetime ban and a $2.5 million fine is the limit to what NBA commissioner Adam Silver is capable of doing. The rest falls on the shoulders of 29 team owners, as they—according to the NBA’s Constitution and By-Laws—must vote with a 3/4′s majority to force the sale of the team. Players, media pundits and people all across the nation
NBA players and all of America are rightfully incensed and outraged by the words and deeds of Clippers owner Donald Sterling. His attitudes are ridiculous, unfathomable, and ignorant. But in reality he is just one lone idiot in a league that has been the model and leader on the issue of colorblindness. When the smoke clears after the league acts and the outrage dies down, there will be many lessons to be learned from here. Some of them will be great
The Donald Sterling story is a hard one to ignore, even if you’d want to. Luckily for all of us, Adam Silver put the hammer down earlier earlier today and suspended the racist (soon-to-be former) Clippers owner from the NBA for life and fined him the maximum $2.5 million. Here’s some of a recent article we published over on The Daily Beast on the subject: Every team has a defining moment during the season. For the Los Angeles Clippers, that moment