Posts Tagged ‘David Stern’

The Obligatory Donald Sterling Discussion

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Editors Note: The following is a dialogue and an amalgamation of chats written over a couple of days between Tom Pestak and Nate Smith. The topic of discussion: Donald Sterling and the L.A. Clippers.  As such, it was edited to include topical information, such as Adam Silver’s press conference on Tuesday. Please note that all opinions expressed are solely Tom’s and Nate’s and are independent of opinions of the rest of the CtB staff or our affiliates.

Nate Smith: I know. I know. It seems everyone who’s anyone in the NBA has a take on Donald Sterling’s racists comments to his mistress V. Stiviano and on the lifetime ban imposed by Adam Silver. The tale has it all: a ribald March-December affair, a filthy rich villain getting his comeuppance, an aggrieved fan-base, a jilted wife, and superstar NBA players caught in the middle of it all. Sterling’s comments strip off thin veneer of civility covering the ugly racial tensions just under the surface of our public discourse… It’s no wonder that the story has touched off such a firestorm. But, Tom, as anyone who’s followed the Clippers for any length of time knows, we should have seen this coming. Sterling is a sleazebag, and he has been for years. The New York Times published a litany of his years of offensive behavior, Monday.

In 2009, Sterling paid a $2.725 million settlement in a lawsuit brought by the Justice Department accusing him of systematically driving African-Americans, Latinos and families with children out of apartment buildings he owned.

That racist pattern of action is much more reprehensible than Sterling’s racist comments. Multiple ex-Clippers have commented over the years, on what a D-bag Don Sterling is. Former franchise centerpiece, Elton Brand noted, Monday, that “there have been allegations for many, many years and nothing has been done.” This Deadspin article entitled, “Donald Sterling is a Sack of S**t Part 982,” details Sterling’s verbal abuse of Baron Davis during Baron’s time with the Clips, and the article is from 2010. What’s my point? It’s hard to feel bad for stars like Doc Rivers and Chris Paul who chose to work for a man known to be a racist <insert epithet here>.

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Drawings from the Notebook of Chris Grant (episode 18)

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

Well, I’ve done it this time.

For the 18th installment of the arguably popular series, Drawings from the Notebook of Chris Grant, I made a cartoon that is not exactly ESPN appropriate.

It is CFAAP.com appropriate though – our standards are significantly lower – and you can check it out here (carefully though, as while it’s not horrible horrible, it may be a touch NSFW):

David Stern’s “ESPN: the body issue” cover.

I’m trying to end the lockout.

Also, just for the sake of providing some on-site entertainment in this post, here are the notable lockout updates:

Remember two entries ago when I wrote that the beginning of the season would be cancelled if the framework for an agreement wasn’t in place by October 3rd? Well, it seems as though that deadline has been extended until tomorrow.

Here’s a pretty nice “State of the Union” article from the mother ship, basically reiterating that one way or another we’ll know something new within the next 24 hours.

Personally, I really want to see some basketball before Christmas.

This whole process has already cost us Yi.

How much more are we expected to take?

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UPDATE (10/10/11): Apparently, quite a bit. Today, David Stern announced he’s cancelled the first two weeks of the season.

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The picture at CFAAP was done by me and AJS.

Thanks for reading!

Drawings from the Notebook of Chris Grant (episode 17)

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

As you may or may not know, I have a loose deadline of every Sunday morning for these cartoons. This week, I may or may not have hit it. What happened was John and I were working on our new CBA and couldn’t come to terms until this morning. I now get 100% of Cavs: the Blog’s advertising revenue.


On David Stern and the NBA lockout:

This is getting serious.

Words like “monumental” and “deadline” are being thrown around, and that usually means that there’s some sort of monumental deadline on the horizon.

What’s the deadline for?

From what I gather, it seems the company line from Stern and the owners is now that this weekend’s scheduled meetings will mark the last attempt to start the season on time. Meaning that if we don’t have a deal (or substantial progress) by Monday, a 50 game season probably becomes our best option. There would be “a lot of risk” to not getting something done by the end of the week was Stern’s direct quote (via Brian Mahoney). That and, “there are enormous consequences at play here on the basis of the weekend.” You could call it a bluff, but in truth, it’s likely not. The first games are supposed to start in a month.

If you’re rooting for a season, the worst thing that could happen would be the sides emerging from this weekend without making any headway.

Because at that point the conversation will turn from saving the start of the season, to saving the season at all.

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Thanks for reading guys! (As per usual, the above picture was done by the biggest Cavs fan at CFAAP.com and colored by AJS…and the same goes for the one below, which came as a result of my playing around with the first pic and might even have turned out better.)

I think Stern should walk into the meetings this weekend and just slide that across the table. Provided Gilbert Arenas isn’t there, that’s what I think he should do.

And…want one for the Road?

Here’s an interesting Kyrie-tidbit published Saturday from new Cavs beat writer Tom Reed:

Irving has played just 11 games since last October in part due to a right foot injury — which doctors tell him won’t completely heal for another three months.

And, while he feels “150 percent” and is training with no restrictions, the NBA’s top overall pick in June is a player without a game. The league lockout has him parked at Duke, taking four courses this semester and working out twice a day.

Silver lining of the lockout right there. It sounds like Kyrie’s done a good job of letting his foot heal completely by taking a few months off post-draft (at the Cavs request), and I kind of don’t mind that he’s not yet dealing with the pressure to overdue it early on an injury that may be better off with more rest.

If the league’s first game is in January, I’m not sure that anyone benefits more than KI.