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Here In Cleveland, You Gotta Respect The Scars

Right now, we are an entire region of people whose toes haven’t touched the ground since that final buzzer in Sunday’s game against the Golden State Warriors. “Everybody’s friendly, no matter where you go,” the air conditioner repairman told me yesterday as he stood in my kitchen writing out the receipt. “It’s like no one can stop smiling.”

June 23, 2016

Late Night Roundup: Getting Your Story Right On Iraq

Jon Stewart is glad that somebody is finally being held accountable for lying about the Iraq War.

February 10, 2015

Can Kobe Bryant Run A Union And Save The NBA?

Can the Black Mamba become an unlikely labor hero?

October 17, 2014

Appeals Court Denies Sterling Bid To Block Clippers Sale

Los Angeles (AFP) — A California appeals court rejected Donald Sterling’s last-ditch bid to scupper the sale of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer. Sterling had filed the petition on Tuesday, the day the National Basketball Association announced that Ballmer’s $2 billion purchase of the club had been finalized. […]

August 14, 2014

Is Andrew Wiggins The Next Big Thing In The NBA?

By Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) They were at the NBA rookie symposium recently, ready to pose for a photo shoot, when it just happened. An impromptu slam-dunk contest. Memphis’ Jarnell Stokes did a reverse. Meh. Then the Timberwolves’ Glenn Robinson III did a 360. Nice. Fellow Wolf Zach LaVine bounced it off the wall, […]

August 14, 2014

Byron Scott: Shaped By Showtime

By David Wharton, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — The rookie arrived at Los Angeles Lakers training camp with something to prove. His new teammates — veterans such as Magic Johnson and Michael Cooper — elbowed him around the basketball court. The rough treatment continued after practice. “We didn’t speak to him,” Johnson recalled. “We […]

August 11, 2014

U.S. Judge Approves Los Angeles Clippers Sale

Los Angeles (AFP) – A U.S. judge gave the go-ahead for the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer, ruling that embattled owner Donald Sterling could not block the move. The ruling by California Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas on Monday came after a three-week trial pitting […]

July 29, 2014

Lin Excited To Join Lakers

Los Angeles (AFP) — Jeremy Lin said Thursday he’s looking to establish himself with the Los Angeles Lakers, but he won’t be trying to recreate “Linsanity” on the West Coast. The point guard whose unexpected 2012 heroics for the New York Knicks made him a global phenomenon, was traded to Los Angeles by the Houston […]

July 25, 2014

Jameer Nelson Signs Two-Year Contract With Mavericks

By Eddie Sefko, The Dallas Morning News Newest Maverick Jameer Nelson wasn’t a bad three-point shooter last season. He hit 34.8 percent, which is OK. Except that, by his standards, it’s not. That’s what happens when you lack the proper sidekicks to help make your life easier. The free looks from the perimeter dried up […]

July 25, 2014

Closing Arguments Scheduled In Sterling Trust Case

Los Angeles (AFP) — Donald Sterling’s lawyers opted not to call Shelly Sterling as a witness in their court fight to block her sale of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers and abruptly rested their case. The move sets the stage for closing arguments on Monday in the case in which Donald Sterling is challenging his […]

July 24, 2014

Kawhi Leonard Withdraws From FIBA Basketball World Cup

San Antonio (AFP) — NBA finals MVP Kawhi Leonard says he is withdrawing his name from the pool of players being considered for Team USA at the FIBA World Cup. Leonard, who led the San Antonio Spurs to the championship last month, told the San Antonio Express-News that he needs a break after the long […]

July 17, 2014

LeBron James To Rejoin Cleveland Cavaliers

New York (AFP) – After leading the Miami Heat to two NBA titles, LeBron James is heading home to Ohio. The 29-year-old superstar playmaker announced Friday that he will rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers, the hometown club he spurned just four years ago. The dramatic move from the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player ended days of […]

July 11, 2014

Doctor Testifies Donald Sterling Has Alzheimer’s

Los Angeles (AFP) – Donald Sterling, who was a no-show in court for the first day of his trial, has been suffering from Alzheimer’s for at least three years, a witness told a judge on Monday. The proceedings are to determine if Sterling’s estranged wife Shelly has authority to sell the team, under pressure from […]

July 8, 2014

Spurs’ Fifth Title Is One For The Ageless

By Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times SAN ANTONIO — The healing began with about five minutes left in the third quarter, Manu Ginobili rising for a three-pointer that gave the San Antonio Spurs a lead simply too massive to overcome. As a barrage of Patty Mills three-pointers accentuated the rout Sunday night, the decibels rose […]

June 16, 2014

Spurs Hammer Heat To Take 2-1 NBA Series Lead

Miami (AFP) – Kawhi Leonard tallied a career-high 29 points as the San Antonio Spurs thrashed the Miami Heat 111-92 in game three of the NBA finals. Tim Duncan finished with 14 points and six rebounds Tuesday while Danny Green scored 15 points for the Spurs, who jumped out to a 25-point lead in the […]

June 11, 2014

Reports: Sterling Pursues Lawsuit, Pulls Out Of Clippers Sale

Los Angeles (AFP) – Donald Sterling, the embattled owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, has decided to fight to keep the NBA team and pull out of a $2 billion sale deal, according to reports. Sterling, whose racist comments prompted NBA commissioner Adam Silver to ban him for life, had announced last week through his […]

June 10, 2014

Sterling Backs Clippers Sale, Won’t Pursue Lawsuit

Los Angeles (AFP) – Banned owner Donald Sterling backs the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer, and will drop his lawsuit against the NBA, his lawyer said. Attorney Maxwell Blecher confirmed to AFP on Wednesday that Sterling planned to drop the lawsuit seeking $1 billion in […]

June 5, 2014

Embattled Sterling Sued By Woman For Discrimination

Los Angeles (AFP) – Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is facing new accusations of racism and claims of sexual harassment in a lawsuit filed by a woman once employed as his personal assistant. The complaint filed on Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court alleges that Sterling fired Maiko May King as his personal […]

June 4, 2014

Knicks’ President Jackson Fined For Fisher Fishing

New York (AFP) – New York Knicks president Phil Jackson was handed a $25,000 fine by the NBA for breaking the league’s rules against tampering with another team’s personnel. During a press conference last week, Jackson publicly expressed interest in veteran Oklahoma City guard Derek Fisher as a candidate to fill the Knicks’ coaching position […]

June 3, 2014

Two Points

May 1, 2014

Sterling And The Issue Of Power

WASHINGTON — Donald Sterling, the now banned-for-life owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, accomplished something that might be seen as a political miracle: The racist ranting that led the National Basketball Association to oust Sterling brought President Obama and Senator Ted Cruz together. “We just have to be clear and steady in denouncing it,” Obama […]

May 1, 2014

Decisive Punishment For Donald Sterling Draws Praise From NBA Community

By Steve Popper, The Record (Hackensack, NJ) NEW YORK — Just days after an audio recording surfaced with Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling speaking in racially charged language, the NBA moved swiftly and forcefully in handing down its punishment: a lifetime ban, a $2.5 million fine and an urging for the Board of Governors to […]

April 30, 2014

On Race, Meet Dumb And Dumberer

Oh, my Lord, where to begin? You already know what this column is about. You know even though we are barely three sentences in. You knew before you saw the headline. There are days in the opinion business when one story makes itself inevitable and unavoidable, one story sucks up all the air in the […]

April 30, 2014

NBA Players, City Leaders Cheer Sanctions Against Donald Sterling

By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — City leaders and current and former NBA players on Tuesday hailed the basketball league’s decision to ban Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life and fine him $2.5 million for racial comments caught on tape and made public late last week. “Today, we feel like justice […]

April 29, 2014

NBA Bans Clippers Owner Donald Sterling For Life

By Janis Carr and Dan Woike, The Orange County Register NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced Tuesday that he has banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life. He was also fined $2.5 million. Silver also said he will urge the NBA’s board of governors to force Sterling to sell the Clippers. An audio tape of […]

April 29, 2014