Tag:Donald Sterling
Posted on: December 14, 2010 5:39 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:35 pm
 

Kaman confirms owner Sterling heckles Clippers

Los Angeles Clippers center Chris Kaman confirms that the team's owner Donald Sterling shouts at his players during games. Posted by Ben Golliverchris-kaman 

On Monday, we noted an explosive report that accused Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling of heckling his own players, and point guard Baron Davis in particular, during games from his courtside seats. Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reported that Clippers center Chris Kaman confirmed that Sterling does shout at the players during games. Unlike Davis, who was painted as frustrated by the verbal harassment, Kaman sounds resigned to it.
"All kinds of stuff," Kaman said. "Some stuff like, 'Oh, dunk the ball.' He owns the team. What do you want me to say? He's my boss. He signs the check. He owns me.
"Not really, but you know what I'm saying. My rights to my basketball skills for five years."
While last season was Davis's first as a Clipper, Kaman has been a Clipper for his entire NBA career, eight seasons, and he was the team's first round draft pick in 2003. In that time period, the Clippers have had just one winning season, and they have won less than 30 games the last three years running. After all that losing, it's not a huge surprise that negative words, even from an owner, would eventually fall on deaf ears.
"He's an interesting guy," Kaman sad. "He likes to watch us play. He's very into it. Very into the decisions from what I understand. He's frustrated like anybody.
". . . The only thing I can say is that if it is negative at all, it's out of frustration. We're not trying to lose games. We're not trying to play bad. It's part of life. It's part of basketball."
Player A complains the the owner is heckling him. Player B says, essentially, "get used to it because that's who he is." Only the Los Angeles Clippers. While Davis's complaint makes his boss look terrible, Kaman's relative indifference may, ironically, make Sterling look even worse.
Posted on: December 13, 2010 9:44 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:33 pm
 

Report: Owner Donald Sterling heckles Clippers

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is reportedly heckling his own players, including point guard Baron Davis. Posted by Ben Golliver
donald-sterling Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling rarely wins in the court of public appeal, and today comes word of another guaranteed embarrassing loss for the NBA's most reviled owner. Sterling's sins run a mile long: allegations of racism in his private businesses, contract disputes with former coaches and executives, harsh treatment of players, erratic behavior ... the list is longer than DeAndre Jordan. Given that history, we can't call this Yahoo! Sports report a new low for Sterling, he's sunk further previously, but it's still really bad. Sterling is reportedly heckling his own players, zeroing in on point guard Baron Davis, whom Sterling evidently believes is "out of shape" and not living up to his hefty contract.
Sterling “started getting a lot more vocal during the second half of last season,” one team source said. “He never had done that before at games. Baron’s his pet project. He absolutely hates Baron. He wants to get his money back.”
Davis, of course, is at a loss for words and tries to tread carefully. After all, Sterling is his boss.
“There’s nothing I can say,” Davis said of Sterling’s taunts. “I have no comment on that. You just get to this point where it’s a fight every day. It’s a fight. You’re fighting unnecessary battles. I’m fighting unnecessary battles.
“It’s frustrating because I know and my teammates know I’m capable of getting it done, even dudes on the other team. It’s frustrating.”
There are a lot of privileges that go with NBA ownership: courtside seats, locker room visits, etc. But the best NBA owners are involved without overstepping, acting as a stabilizing force and letting trusted basketball people make trusted basketball decisions. Sterling isn't just overstepping here, he's stomping on all that is sacred about the sport. He's killing his players' confidence, he's undermining his coach's authority, he's making life more difficult for his front office if they are trying to move Davis, and he is, once again, giving his entire organization and all of its employees a bad name. The NBA should probably intervene, as Sterling's reported behavior makes the entire league look bad. If players are held to the strictest of standards on the court -- they can now be given a technical foul for gesturing in anger at a bad call -- it looks exceedingly hypocritical if other team employees, especially an owner, are not required to comport themselves with a basic level of decency and to treat colleagues with a basic degree of respect in public.  Here's hoping a little light on the situation scares Sterling into silence. We can agree that's not likely to happen.  
Posted on: December 13, 2010 8:06 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:33 pm
 

Shootaround 12.13.10: Nuggets GM talks Carmelo

The Denver Nuggets spin with the Carmelo Anthony situation, Avery Johnson says Kobe Bryant could be better than Michael Jordan, the Miami Heat could let an asset go to waste, the Sacramento Kings owners whoop it up while the Los Angeles Clippers owner trash talks his own players and two Western Conference big men are on the mend. Posted by Ben Golliver
  • Denver Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri tells the New York media that he feels the situation with Carmelo Anthony is "promising." Writes the New York Post: "Ujiri told a throng of reporters that Anthony's sentiment is different than when he came aboard. 'I think it's encouraging that he says that (he's open to re-signing)," Ujiri said. "From when I got on board until now, that's encouraging. We have had a lot communication. "I'm sure everybody thought he'd be gone at training camp," Ujiri added. "It's promising that he's still here."
  • Yahoo! reports that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been taunting his players from his courtside seats during games, including point guard Baron Davis. What a mess. Here's Davis' quote on the matter: “There’s nothing I can say. I have no comment on that. You just get to this point where it’s a fight every day. It’s a fight. You’re fighting unnecessary battles. I’m fighting unnecessary battles."
  • Roundball Mining Company takes a minute to reflect on Denver Nuggets coach George Karl's 1000th victory. The site highlights a turning point. "As time passed, Karl seemed to find a healthy balance between caring enough on the court and not caring too much.  His passion appeared to return, largely thanks to the trade of Allen Iverson for Chauncey Billups."
  • New Jersey Nets coach Avery Johnson on Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, as quoted by the New York Post. "[Bryant] could arguably be 1. In some polls, he'll be 2," the Nets coach said yesterday about the players he has seen since he entered the NBA in 1988. "He could be 1-A and Jordan can be 1-B or Jordan, some polls they'll be flipped. Fortunately I had a chance to play against both of them and now played and coached against Kobe. And boy, sometimes they're looking like the same player."
  • The Sun-Sentinel reports that there is a good chance the Miami Heat will allow their Disabled Player Exception, acquired from power forward Udonis Haslem's long-term injury, to go unused.
  • Here is a hilarious behind-the-scenes visit from FoxSports.com with the Kings owners during the Miami Heat's recent trip to Sacramento. The Maloofs run the gamut of emotions throughout the course of the game, eventually concluding that LeBron James is better than Kobe Bryant.
  • Speaking of Western Conference big men returning from injury, the Deseret News reports that Utah Jazz center Mehmet Okur could be "within a week or two."
Posted on: November 10, 2010 9:34 am
Edited on: November 10, 2010 9:40 am
 

Shootaround 11.10.10: Jazz hands

Posted by Royce Young
  • Brian T. Smith of The Salt Lake Tribune: "Asked to describe a win that saw the Jazz rally from a 19-point halftime deficit -- Paul Millsap drilled three 3-point shots in 27.2 seconds in the final minute of the fourth quarter -- the longtime backup and workaholic long overshadowed by Carlos Boozer first said he was speechless. Then the humble, quiet starting power forward who has suddenly emerged as the team’s premier offensive option in the paint and on the perimeter beamed. Millsap had never scored 46 points in his entire life. Not in youth ball, not in high school, not in college and definitely not in the pros. Top off the outing with the fact that Millsap sent the game into overtime with a tip-in as time expired in regulation, and it was a night that the small-college player who once had to prove that he even belonged in the NBA will never forget. This one was special for Millsap."
  • Didier Morais of The Miami Herald: "With center Joel Anthony starting at an undersized 6-9 and Zydrunas Ilgauskas, 35, serving as his backup, Miami appeared to lack a traditional big man to work the paint alongside its Big 3. And Tuesday night's 116-114 loss to Utah at AmericanAirlines Arena highlighted the issue. Playing against one of the Western Conference's top forward groups in Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap and Andrei Kirilenko, the Heat's big men faltered down the stretch after sparking Miami to a first-half lead."
  • Erik Spoelstra to the Palm Peach Post: "Mario's not in my doghouse. This is circumstantial," Spoelstra said. "He was not ready physically to compete for the starting position during training camp and for the first game. Since then we've gotten into a rotation and this is what we're going with right now."
  • Zach Harper for Hardwood Paroxysm: "Ultimately, it’s okay to be impressed with what Rajon Rondo is doing. It’s okay to want Derrick Rose to realize his potential or hope Russell Westbrook develops a jumper or wish Deron Williams would stop going to Supercuts to get his hair did. The new fads are fun. You can grab a laser disc player. You get to play with your Furby. Go to town on your pogs. Just remember to not lose sight of who the best is right now. Chris Paul is back. He never really left. And he’s going to make you rue the day that you doubted he was still the best at what he does."
  • John Krolik on the Cavs: "For the first three quarters, the Cavs showed how dangerous they can be running the Princeton offense with all the versatile weapons they have on offense. The improvement that Varejao and Hickson made to their jumpers in the off-season is nothing short of stunning, and they both look really comfortable playing the high post, keeping the floor stretched when they’re left alone, and finding cutters from the high post and moving without the ball down low."
Posted on: August 19, 2010 6:18 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2010 6:30 pm
 

How much is enough with Donald Sterling?

Clippers owner somehow outdoes himself in bringing disgrace to the league each year. How much is enough for David Stern and the rest of NBA ownership?
Posted by Matt Moore


A lot of complaints are made about NBA ownership. "My owner spends too much", or, more often, "spends too little." "They meddle too much." "They're too much of a distraction." For being the guy paying the bills, we expect an awful lot from them, even if it's fans' money supplying the money for those checks. But for the most part, NBA owners do all right. Their biggest crime most often is wanting to win, and thinking they have a good idea of how to go about that.

And then there's Donald Sterling.

Sterling, an NBA owner for 29 years, has been a disgrace to the NBA in every sense of the word. Most often, refusing to invest in order to compete is the charge against him. Which isn't exactly anything new in the NBA. Except that he operates in the top market in the league, capable of clearing a profit with even the slightest of relative investments. In the past six years, he's done more to try and break that trend, investing in a new practice facility and increasing the roster payroll, even if it was on marginal-to-hopeless players that have resulted in sub-mediocre performances.

But that's not the real problem with Donald Sterling. Nor is his rampant history of morally reprehensible behavior, from housing discrimination to alleged racist employer policies to sexual harassment . Even those allegations aren't strictly outside the lines of what we've seen from NBA ownership. The combination of the two puts him in the top five of worst NBA owners , but it's stuff like the interview with T.J. Simers of the LA Times this week that really push him over the top, that make him excel at being the absolute worst owner in the National Basketball Association, nay, all of sports. For a brief recap: Sterling doesn't know the names of the players he signed, it wasn't his idea to sign them, and he loves the way his picture looks in the paper.

I could lay out for you why the quotes he supplied Simers are so terrible, how they hurt the future of the franchise, how it immediately puts the new Clippers acquisition on edge, feeling unwanted by an owner who doesn't even know their name. But really, Kevin Arnovitz did that and did it as effectively as one can. Arnovitz takes one of my favorite approaches, likening the situation to terms you and I can relate to, a boss who doesn't even deign to know your name.

Instead, I want to ask a different question.

Why, in the name of Larry Bird almighty, does David Stern allow this to go on?

"What's he supposed to do?" you ask. How could the commissioner put any pressure on his ownership, who he represents most of the time? The answer is that owners come and go, but the Commish perseveres. And if we've seen anything, it's that David Stern has been ready, willing, and able to take care of messes in his own house and then make sure the spill doesn't happen again. Unless it's Sterling. In which case Sterling has simply designated him as the messy one, given him his own room in the basement to trash, and then soundly ignored the problem child. But the behavior Sterling acts out, in public, isn't just harmful to the Clippers franchise, a science experiment gone wrong from the start ("Oh, they used to be in San Diego, and before that they were in Buffalo, but then the owner wanted to swap with the Celtics' owner, so they did that. And they play in the same building as the Lakers, but really it's a shared kind of deal."). It's harmful to the league. And that's the kind of thing that shouldn't be allowed to happen. Be it Stern, or the rest of the ownership group (particularly Jerry Buss who pulled Sterling into this mess in the first place), someone needs to get involved.

The league has responded harshly, and swiftly, to any player that runs amuck and damages the value of the NBA brand. Yet this owner who repeatedly makes an outright disgrace of professional sports ownership continues to not only hammer whatever fledgling, starving fanbase they have, but to fans of all sports as well. The NBA is a worse league with Donald Sterling as an owner, more so than any other big boss in the league. For decades, the league has put up with all of it. The penny pinching. The lawsuits. The terrible decisions. The disgraceful quotes. The coaching carousel. The time has come. There is no longer a place in the NBA for an owner like that. Removing him would be a difficult, painful process that would need to be carried out behind closed doors.

But with the players and ownership headed for an all-out rumble in less than twelve months over the new CBA, is Sterling a cancerous asset the league wants to try and cover during negotiations? This isn't Mark Cuban, wily renegade media figure. This is Donald Sterling, toxic PR disaster zone. The NBA has welcomed in newer ownership comprised of smart, prolific businessmen, and while there will always be bad apples among those successful enough to purchase an NBA team, surely Sterling has injected too much rot in the franchise and in the league to be allowed to run free as he has.

The question is, how much is enough when it comes to Donald Sterling?

The answer so far is that the NBA is taking the same stance as Sterling has regarding his team's acquisition failures this summer. It's not their idea and not their fault.


 
 
 
 
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