The decision to ban him from games and from participating in team decisions forever - probably upheld and probably welcomed by the Clippers and their fans everywhere. He is, after all, 1,000 years old, so it is basically a 2 year ban.
The "encouragement" to have the NBA Board of Governors "encourage" him to sell his team - not a binding statement, will do nothing.
So the big can has been kicked down the road -- what will the NBA Board of Governors do? What can they do? I really, really doubt that NBA owners want to take the position that if the other members of the league believe they have done something offensive that they can kick them out of the league and force a sale of the team.
You don't think Michael Jordan ever told his mistresses something off color?
We shall see.
A likely result - gets banned, gets told to sell. He goes to court or arbitration and says, "Come on, excessive!" and the judge or arbitrator overturns the result. Recall that Latrell Sprewell literally tried to kill P.J. Carlisimo and the arbitrator deemed a 1 1/2 year suspension excessive "in light of prior punishments to players." Has any NBA owner, ever, been forced out of the league? If not, then was what Sterling did so awful that he should get the equivalent of the death penalty?
Amazing. It is difficult to pick a “winner” out
of these defenders, but I will go with Donald Trump. “He was set
up.” Yes, cuz when you call your mistress to bitch her out about hanging
up with black people and she says, “What is wrong with that?” she is clearly
entrapping you into a racist statement. What would be a similar event in my life? I mean, what would someone call me up to say? "Hey HM, you are Polish right?" Yep - 25%. "How about riffing some old Polish jokes." I don't really know any. "Oh, come on...they are so hilarious!"
But even that situation isn't analogous, we are in a situation here where HE called HER to express his racist feelings and she just let him/egged him on. I mean, when does this EVER happen to someone? I don't know if I have ever called someone to tell them some racist message or sexist message. Why would you? Maybe the best example is Mel Gibson - he called his gf to express a variety of misogynistic/racist/anti-Semitic rhetoric. (On the plus side, we didn't have to hear Sterling screaming, "Blow me!" into the phone ala Gibson.)
The most amazing thing to me about the Sterling deal is that, in truth,
he isn’t a KKK guy or someone who just cannot generally stand being around black people
(recall he kept the incompetent GM Elgin Baylor around for years). He hires black people if it makes him money, and he discriminates against them when he thinks it doesn't (like his $2.75M apartment settlement). He is a miser. He would feel the same way about white folks if he could identify the ones who made him money and the ones who didn't in an easy manner.
So what set him off here? Well, what pissed
him off was that people (I would guess mostly his golfing buddies) might figure out that the
27 year old that he is banging is part black!! He doesn’t mind (per his
phone call) if she is getting fucked non-stop by Magic Johnson and Jeff Kemp,
he just doesn’t want to have his friends calling him and giving him shit that
DONALD STERLING IS BANGING A PARTIALLY BLACK CHICK. She needs to act white IN PUBLIC so
people think she is half white and half Hispanic, so it is acceptable for Sterling to "date" her in his circle of friends. When she posts pics with black guys or brings black guys to the games, Sterling's friends go, "Huh, she must be black." Call him up, give him shit - it bothers him.
The greatest coach my beloved Buffalo Braves ever had. Sure he coached the Blazers to a title and was named one of the 10 greatest NBA coaches of all-time, but I will always remember him with Bob McAdoo, Randy Smith and Jim MacMillan.
And she allows her cats and dogs to urinate and defecate all over a rented house. Oh well, add that to the unattractive things about Ms. Polo, including some rather outdated tats. But she can be really hot, as the pics show, even with the tribal arm band and boob note and bird.
The result of this case is an end to affirmative action in any state where the voters are more than half white. I mean, come on. If you are a white voter in, say, Wisconsin or Minnesota, and you are unhappy that your kid might not get in to be a Badger or a Gopher, aren't you going to go after the 10-15% of spots that were being held for minority applicants?
And if you do that by constitutional amendment, then no legislation may change the rule, ever.
This seems a rather interesting take from Justice Kennedy, who apparently believes that the Civil War Amendments were intended so guys could do each other up the butt any time they want, and have lavish wedding ceremonies with elaborate flourishes, but does NOT believe that these same Amendments prevent state efforts aimed directly at keeping black kids out of state universities so white kids can take their place.
Another interesting issue is that the Supreme Court in 2003 stated that it would allow Michigan racial preferences in education until 2028 (an odd decision, but hey, that is what they said). But I guess all that meant was "25 years or until the state says clearly that it hates blacks and other minorities."
One issue that has arisen in California is that the highest ranking schools are now basically all Asian, since Asians do so well on standardized tests. So wanna go to Cal? You will be the one white kid there.
As I have said many times in the past, if schools want to give a "plus" to kids from disadvantaged backgrounds, they should do so - but make sure the kid is from a disadvantaged background. There is no reason that our former employee, the daughter of two Asian doctors, should ever have received a preferential hiring preference from the federal government.....but I think she did. A poor white kid with no dad is equally worthy of a scholarship as a poor black kid with no dad. Maybe Michigan will utilize such a program....but don't hold your breath. And if they do utilize such a program and it results in black kids getting preferences, does that run afoul of the state constitution?
Finally, in states with any significant minority population, you really have to question the long-term decision to basically exclude minorities from the best state universities. Do you really think it is in the best interest of your state to REDUCE the number of opportunities for a poor black kid to fight his way out of poverty in Detroit? For a poor Hispanic kid to get out of poverty in Colorado? Is that a smart decision? Is the fact that your A minus or B plus white child has to go to Michigan State instead of Michigan or Colorado State instead of Colorado really that crucial that you would deny, what? 500 kids a year from the best chance to advance themselves? That seems awfully short sighted. But I guess it doesn't matter - the Supreme Court 6-2 thinks it is a great idea, so go ahead.
Ultimately there is this thing in the world known as Karma.
Do you think that any of this sort of thing is going to happen now in your presence now that you are married to the 40+ McCarthy? Won't you just consistently be feeling like the guy who dates the captain of the cheerleaders after she finds Jesus and doesn't do "that kind of stuff" anymore? So while everyone before you got this great benefit, you get none of this benefit. plus all of the negatives (that are so bad that everyone in the past eventually dumped her). Awesome.
Good luck to Marky Mark's brother - you will need it.
Durant has a poor game (for him) against the Pelicans and he drops his PER below 30.0 and his Win Shares for the year below 19.0 and his WS/48 below .300.
The Thunder have one more left against the Pistons, and since Durant should be resting, I don't see him playing at all, especially when he has that 25-point streak rolling and they don't want to play him a quarter and end the streak.
If the Thunder rest Durant, he will fall just short of some pretty rarified air. There have only been 5 seasons ever where a guy went 19+ WS, .300+WS/48 and PER over 30.
Wilt - 1963-64
Jordan - 1987-88
Durant would join the list of awesomely great seasons not included in the list, including Kareem's 3 best seasons (1970-73, all above 20 WS and .3 WS/48. but fell short of 30 PER) and Jordan's 1995-96 season where he fell just short of 30 PER.
So, Thunder - what say you? Will you give Durant a chance or not?
Since 1950, there have been 110 seasons in which a player has put up over 15 Win Shares.
Of those 110 seasons, 75 of them are from the top 13 guys (68.2%)
66 of them are from the top 10 guys (60%)
49 are from the top 6 guys (44.5%).
So, of the truly great seasons in NBA history, these 13 guys have put up a huge majority, and the top 6 guys have put up almost half.
13 (tie) Barkley, Garnett, Durant - 3 each 10 (tie) Bird, Magic, Dirk - 4 each 7. David Robinson - 5 6 (tie) Oscar and Kareem - 6 each 4. LeBron 7 times. 3. Karl Malone 9 times 2. Jordan 10 times 1. Wilt 11 times.
Move over to the Playoffs - there have been 109 playoff seasons where someone has put up 3 or more WS.
50 seasons ome from the top 10 guys (45%):
10. West Duncan Kobe Bird - 4X
6. Shaq LeBron Wilt Kareem - 5X
2. Magic 6X
1. Jordan 8X
Total NBA great on one of the two lists - 17 guys.
If you want to find guys who had a top 10 career in the regular season and in the playoffs, you would throw out 11 guys not on both lists (Barkley, KG, Durant, Dirk, David, Oscar, Malone all don't have enough playoff cred; West, Kobe, Shaq, Duncan all don't have regular season cred'), so you end up with these 6 guys:
Bird, Magic, Kareem, Wilt, LeBron, Jordan.
Add up the great regular seasons and the great playoff seasons and you get:
Warrior (he officially changed his name to Warrior) was always regarding as a very odd guy. Few friends, certainly not a favorite of promoters. His schtick was that he was a huge steroid-pumping guy from Parts Unknown. Fortunately for him and the WWF, it was a huge hit with the fans.
Unfortunately, he really couldn't run or move quickly for more than 25 seconds without being winded. So his matches were all basically "squash" matches where he came out, dominated an opponent, allowed the opponent to counter for no more than 1-2 minutes, then slammed the opponent, jumped on top of him, and got the win.
He famously beat the HonkyTonk Man for the InterContinental title in around or under 2 minutes. This was supposed to establish his dominance. The true reason, of course, was that the Warrior really couldn't wrestle for 5 or 10 good minutes.
His greatest match was his defeat of Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI at SkyDome. The match is timed at 22:51, but I would estimate that 12+ minutes of that were either both men posturing or one guy using a head lock while the other rested. Yet almost 23 minutes of ring time was amazing for the Ultimate Warrior since he generally struggled to catch his breath after running to the ring.
At his WWE Hall of Fame induction this past week he discussed the respect he and "Steve" had for the veteran wrestlers in the sport when they were coming up. Steve = Steve Borden = Sting, the Ultimate Warrior's old tag team partner when they were in the UWF.
Much like coaching in college is half recruiting and half actually coaching, pro wrestling is half personality and half actually ring work. Ultimate Warrior was one of the worst ever at ring work (and, in fact, was twice named by Pro Wrestling Illustrated as the "Worst Wrestler of the Year"). As a personality, however, he had a tremendous appeal. I don't quite know why, perhaps it was because he so much resembled a super hero come to life and wrestling fans are so stupid that they are unable to follow any serious story line, so they loved his empty-headed ramblings.
He has two small children and a wife. So I am sad to see him go, and I hope he had his affairs in order when, walking out of a hotel with his wife around 6 in the afternoon, his body that had survived so much abuse for 54 years just gave out and he died. RIP.
Durant had 18.9 WS last year (second to LeBron) and barring injury or some sort of resting at year end here, should go at or above 18.9 this year and lead the league in Win Shares.
In the history of the game, only 4 guys have had consecutive seasons at or over 18.9 Win Shares:
1 -- Mikan 3
2 -- Kareem 3
3 -- Wilt 3 (two times) - Wilt was traded during 1964-65 and that season he had a very poor year for him, rolling in only 15 Win Shares. This cost him his potential streak of 7 straight, as he was 20+ from 1961-62 all of the way through 1967-68, except for this trade year.
4 -- Jordan - 4. He also holds the mark for oldest to put up such a year (1995-96, 32 years old)
LeBron has 2, but not consecutive.
What appears to be the case is that, for the truly greatest players, their best years are ages 24-28. Look at the list when you require 80 Win Shares and a .2 WS/48 during ages 24-28: http://bkref.com/tiny/nGPac
Total Win Shares - Wilt, Jordan, Kareem, Mikan, Oscar, LeBron.
The next guy on the list is David Robinson, and he has 9 WS less than LeBron.
So, Durant at 19 a year would end up at 95, trailing only Wilt, Jordan and Kareem, and at his current WS/48 pace of .298, he would surpass Jordan for #1. Needless to say, Durant is playing at a historically great level.
Maybe as many as 15 million more through off exchange policies, 26 and under coverage, Medicaid expansion, etc. And, you know what, if I lose my job, my daughter and I (both with awful health histories) will still be able to obtain health insurance.