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Monday , Mar , 05 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Baron Davis ‘stopped liking basketball’ with Clippers

And the other lowest point is when I played for the Clippers. … I just stopped liking basketball. And then you dribbling down the court and having the owner like cuss at you and call you an idiot. I didn’t even look forward to coming to the games, and if the owner [Donald Sterling] came to the game, I definitely was not gonna have a good game because it was just like, how do you play when the main heckler in the gym is the owner of the team, and he’s telling you how much he hates you and calling out your name?

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: I have little sympathy for Baron Davis, the talented but temperamental point guard for the New York Knicks.

After all, Davis had a choice, and choose the Los Angeles Clippers because they offered the most money - signing a five-year, $65 million pact as a free agent.

And Davis, being a Los Angeles native, knew the deal. He knew the Clippers were a second-rate outfit with owner Donald Sterling and a curse Cub fans can relate to.

Yet Davis took the money -and ran. He never tried to transcend his situation, showing up out-of-shape and feuding with coaches. In fact, Davis seemed more interested in pursuing a career in show biz producing movies than helping the Clippers.

Instead of blaming others, Davis should focus on salvaging the remains of his career.

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Wednesday , Nov , 30 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Clippers want Dwight Howard?

But while the Clippers like Paul, sources say they like Dwight Howard even more. The Clippers have made it clear to executives throughout the league that they will do whatever it takes -- outside of trading Griffin -- to get Howard, who will become a free agent at the same time as Paul, either this season or next summer.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: They can chase him but he will not sign.

Dwight Howard will not opt-out of his contract with the Orlando Magic to sign as a free agent with the Los Angeles Clippers in July, 2012.

Yes, the Clippers have Blake Griffin, the next face of the NBA. They also have Donald Sterling, the worst owner in the NBA and perhaps pro sports.

Why would Howard, who presumably wants to win an NBA championship, willingly sign with an owner who has gone to court for racist policies, been accused of sexual harassment, and has no issue watching his players shower while on a date?

Talk about creepy.

Then there’s his alligator arms. For years, Sterling was content to lose with cheap talent and make money off luxury tax payments from league head office.

Sometimes he doesn’t honour contracts -even when he’s fired an employee. Isn’t that right Mike Dunleavy?

Winning starts at the top. And if Howard wants to win he shouldn’t sign with the Clippers because they have a dysfunctional owner who won't spend money.

Of course, if Howard wants to leverage his brand then he may consider Los Angeles’ other team. 
 
And then he’ll just have to live with Sterling, warts and all.

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Friday , Nov , 11 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: James Dolan, Knicks owner, Disgusted by lockout?

Knicks owner James Dolan blew off the two-day desperation labor session between the NBA and players’ union in Manhattan with one source saying he has been “sickened’’ by the failure of his fellow owners to make a deal. Dolan is on the negotiating committee and a five-minute train ride away from the latest talk, which ended without a deal last night at 11 p.m. after an 11-hour session.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The man who hired Isiah Thomas, signed Jerome James and Eddy Curry‘s exorbitant contracts, and pushed Donnie Walsh, the executive who rebuilt his flagship franchise, out the door is ‘sickened’ by his fellow owners.

James Dolan, the owner of the New York Knicks and Donald Sterling of the East Coast, is right. The owners some deserve blame for not cutting a new collective bargaining agreement sooner.

As a protest, Dolan skipped Thursday's negotiations -despite being on the owners’ committee and a short subway ride from where owners and players met.

Dolan’s feelings illustrate the polarization of NBA owners: big-market, have franchises are satisfied with winning negotiations, while small-market, have-not franchises are out for blood.

At a certain point, the owners must find a balance. Failure to do so could well compromise the entire league.

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Thursday , Jul , 21 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Clippers to take run at Battier?

The Clippers have cap room and also need a three and what he (Battier) can bring defensively.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: They’re still the Clippers.

When the lockout ends, Shane Battier, the top free agent on the market, will pass on Los Angeles’ ugly step-sister of a team and sign with a contender.

To be fair, the Clippers have talent –loads of talent, in fact. There’s dunk machine and rising superstar Blake Griffin. And he has plenty of help in Eric Gordon, DeAndre Jordan, Chris Kaman and Mo Williams.    

Unfortunately, Donald Sterling, also known as ‘The Don’, isn’t going anywhere. He still runs the Clippers like a sad soap opera.

‘The Don’ has been accused of or sued for sexual harassment and racist practices. He also watched players shower, heckled players from his courtside seat, and told reporters he ‘never heard of’ the club’s free agent signings.

Battier knows the Clippers can’t contend because they’re dysfunctional at the top. Such poor behaviour and professionalism infects the GM, coach, and players. Regardless of their intentions, they can’t avoid ‘The Don’.

So Battier will consider the Heat and say thanks-but-no-thanks to the Clippers –because of ‘The Don’.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Mar , 20 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Blake Griffin concerned with Clippers owner Donald Sterling?

Blake Griffin is concerned with the way Donald Sterling manages the Clippers and is monitoring the situation, according to sources.

Sterling recently testified in Elgin Baylor's lawsuit against the Clippers for wrongful termination and the owner also had a mishap related to an advertisement for Black History Month that was actually scheduled for March and included Griffin's picture.

 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Good for Blake Griffin. He has recognized the obvious: the Los Angeles Clippers’ greatest weakness is owner Donald Sterling.

After all, The Don has been embroiled in sexual harassment and discrimination suits, refuses to honour contracts of coaches and executives that he fires, and is more concerned with winning making money than winning.

Simply put, he’s a scumbag. And great teams typically have great owners. Not scumbags.

For instance, the San Antonio Spurs have a partnership of first-class businessman. The Boston Celtics owner is all class. And Jerry Buss, despite his idiosyncrasies and poor decisions, is perfect for the glitz and glamour of the Los Angeles Lakers.

So Griffin is right to try to use his skill and star power to initiate change at the top. Championship teams have stability and sanity at the top.

They don’t have an owner who is so cheap he won’t pay his assistant coach’s cancer bills when the team’s medical provider refuses to do so.

The Don must reform his ways if he wants to sign the NBA’s brightest young star to a multi-year extension. Even better, perhaps he has to finally sell the Clippers if his team wants to re-sign Griffin.

And this, not the highlight reel dunks or headlines, would be Griffin’s greatest accomplishment.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Jan , 16 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Donald Sterling to David Stern: ‘I would fire you’

Sterling: You don't want to hear what I have to say.

Stern. Yes, we do.

Sterling. No you don't.

Stern: Yes, we do.

Sterling: OK, I would fire you. You're great at marketing, but you're not tough enough with the union.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: I can’t believe I’m doing this. I’m defending Commissioner David Stern.

Reports indicate Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling told ‘The Commish’ he would fire him because he wasn’t tough enough on the Player’s Union.

Let’s consider the source: Sterling has no issue bashing his players from his courtside seats; Sterling (allegedly) has no issue watching the very same players shower; Sterling has been sued for sexual harassment and there’s ample evidence to suggest he’s racist.

The Clippers, like their owner, are a mess. Despite having some talent, they consistently underachieve. Some of their personnel decisions are flat-out laughable.

Ironically, Sterling has done quite well from the financial system Stern created. After all, The Don avoids the luxury tax and rakes in millions from having a team in a major market with a great stadium.

Conservative estimates have him making $75 million profit since moving to Staples Center. He may have made twice that amount.

So Sterling has nothing to complain about. In fact, Stern, the 29 other owners, and fans have every reason to try and fire him.

--Oly Sandor.


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Monday , Jan , 10 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Report: Clippers owner Sterling and girlfriends watched players shower

"DONALD STERLING would bring women into the locker room after games, while the players were showering, and make comments such as, 'Look at those beautiful black bodies.' I brought this to Sterling’s attention, but he continued to bring women into the locker room."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Ah Commissioner Stern, are you listening?

It’s officially time for you to move against Donald Sterling, the awful owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Under Sterling’s watch the Clippers have been the Siberia of the NBA. That, however, isn’t the issue. Sterling mistreats people: he’s been taken court for sexual harassment and accused of preferring to rent his many apartments to Caucasians instead of African-Americans and Mexicans.

But Stern couldn’t or wouldn’t use this to rid his league of Sterling. Watching players shower and then making insensitive and racially charged comments is a different matter.

Stern seems determined to make the new Collective Bargaining Agreement his last stand. Fair enough. The league’s financial house needs reworking.

Sterling has to go. Before the Clippers owner creates a mess of Isiah-like proportion.

--Oly Sandor.


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Tuesday , Dec , 14 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Donald Sterling to Baron Davis: you’re ‘out of shape’

Of late, however, the jeers directed at the team's struggling point guard are coming from a far more surprising source: The man paying Davis, Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who usually sits court side at home games. Among Sterling's verbal barbs: "Why are you in the game?" ... "Why did you take that shot?" ... "You're out of shape!"

 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Witness the dysfunction that is Donald Sterling.

Only the Los Angeles Clippers owner is mad enough to verbally bash his players during games from his courtside seats. Bottom line: Sterling is to blame for the team’s poor performance on-court.

For instance, last year Sterling fired executive Mike Dunleavy and then refused to honour his contract. Dunleavy has many friends in NBA front offices and will warn them about working for The Don.

Baron Davis has not lived up to expectations with the Clippers. However, Sterling knew the point guard’s track record when he gave him a five-year, $60 million contract.

Davis wouldn’t be in shape. And because Davis was rarely in shape he would get injured and spend his time making movies.

Still, Davis does not deserve to be heckled by his owner. However, abusing employees is nothing new for Sterling.

In August, Sterling told reporters ‘he hadn’t heard of these guys’ when asked to comment on the Clippers signing role players Randy Foye and Ryan Gomes. 

Sterling was likely frustrated. After all, he spent millions of dollars building a mega-practice facility in hopes of landing a superstar free agent and ended up with Foye and Gomes.

Still, he should have kept his mouth shut. Just like he should have kept his mouth shut with Davis.

But Sterling is one of pro sport’s worst owners. And he runs one of pro sport’s worst franchises. This won’t change. There will only be dysfunction.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Aug , 18 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Donald Sterling on Randy Foye and Ryan Gomes: ‘I’ve never heard of these guys’

"You know, they told me if we built a new practice facility we'd attract all the top players in the game," Sterling adds. "I guess I should have doubled the size of this place."

He's no different than most Clippers fans. "I swear to you, I never heard of these guys," Sterling says, "but what if the coach says he wants them?"

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Just when you thought James Dolan and the New York Knicks hit a league-low with Isiah-gate, cross-coast cousin Donald Sterling and the Los Angeles Clippers set a new low for lameness.

Sterling and his Clippers have always been a laughingstock. And this is again demonstrated by Sterling’s W.P. Kinsella-like vision that ‘if he built his practice facility, he, as in elite free agents, would come’.

Seriously?

Did old man Sterling actually think Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade would line up to play for the Clippers like folks lined up at the end of Field of Dreams because he built a new place to practice?

To quote the great Allen Iverson, ‘we talkin’ bout practice’!  

Facilities play a part in signing the crème de la crème of free agent talent. Winning and sanity trump a shiny, new spot to run wind sprints and pump iron.

Unfortunately, the Clippers have done little winning, despite often having impressive talent. The reason: Sterling lacks sanity.

For instance, last spring, the Clippers’ patriarch fired executive Mike Dunleavy through an Internet letter to fans. Sterling didn’t tell Dunleavy before announcing his decision on the World Wide Web.

Instead of quietly moving forward, Sterling has refused to settle up with Dunleavy and provide an acceptable golden hand shake. The matter is now in court.

Screwing over executives is one thing, but showing up players takes things to a new level.

After all, how hard would it have been for Sterling to bite his tongue and spew out the company line on Randy Foye and Ryan Gomes? 

Sure, neither are superstars. Both can contribute, though. Foye is a legit double-digit scorer, the kind of combo guard every team can use; Gomes is a solid undersized forward, too.

Together, Foye and Gomes will solidify Coach Vinny Del Negro’s bench, giving the Clippers two decent reserve scorers. Best of all, Foye and Gomes took two and three year deals for less than the mid-level exception.

In other words, instead of overpaying free agents, the Clippers preserved cap space and got better.    

Of course, this very simple logic is beyond Sterling. 

--Oly Sandor.

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Who has the better plan: Knicks’ 3 Star Plan, Nets’ Blueprint, Miami’s Super Team, or Chicago’s Business?
Friday , Jul , 02 , 2010 J.N.

Who has the better plan: Knicks’ 3 Star Plan, Nets’ Blueprint, Miami’s Super Team, or Chicago’s Business?

The sales pitch has got to be one of the toughest things to put together for any marketing team. It is one of those things that science alone cannot help them. The only way science can help is in producing the right numbers – the sweet science of money. There’s another science as well and that is the science of reproduction. Sex parties are the cure, but then again who wants herpes? That doesn’t cope well with these big name free agents doing public appearances. Even Delonte West gets clowned on and supposedly it’s just a birth mark.

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