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
Banned for life. And the NBA will try to make Donald Sterling sell the Los Angeles Clippers. Can’t have a much harsher penalty than that, eh? As I was await the inevitable response from the Clippers organization, I fully expected owner Donald Sterling to go to court and sue the NBA, probably asking for a temporary restraining order that would allow him to continue operating the team — and attending their games. But when the Clippers released a statement, it was of the
We’re in the midst of the closest round of playoff games in the league’s history on the court, but that hasn’t stopped the New York Knicks from looking for a new coach and Donald Sterling for bringing attention off the court. Steve Kerr has emerged as the early consensus frontrunner to become the new head coach of the Knicks thanks to his relationship with Phil Jackson and shared belief in the Triangle offense. Before covering Game 4 between the Raptors and Nets