Knicks Morning News (2014.04.28)

  • [New York Times] Obama Denounces Reported Comments by NBA Team Owner as ‘Racist’ (Mon, 28 Apr 2014 07:44:36 GMT)

    President Barack Obama said on Sunday that comments reported to have been made by the owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers basketball team were “incredibly offensive racist statements.”

  • [New York Times] Clippers Players Stage Protest After Owner’s Alleged Racist Comments (Mon, 28 Apr 2014 07:29:40 GMT)

    Los Angeles Clippers players staged a protest at a playoff game on Sunday against racist comments allegedly made by team owner Donald Sterling, turning their warm-up jerseys inside-out to hide the team name before a loss to the Golden State Warriors.

  • [New York Times] Blazers Up 3-1 With 123-120 OT Win Over Rockets (Mon, 28 Apr 2014 06:47:42 GMT)

    There was some shouting going on in the Trail Blazers’ locker room after they fell behind by 10 points at halftime to the Rockets.

  • [New York Times] Raptors’ Kyle Lowry Unfazed by Injury or Height Disadvantage (Mon, 28 Apr 2014 05:31:06 GMT)

    The Toronto point guard scored 22 points — including the final field goal, over Kevin Garnett — in a victory over the Nets that evened the teams’ playoff series at two games each.

  • [New York Times] Raptors 87, Nets 79: Nets Fizzle Late, Allowing Raptors to Tie Series (Mon, 28 Apr 2014 03:59:28 GMT)

    With a chance to take a commanding series lead over the Raptors on their home court, the Nets instead wilted down the stretch and gifted Game 4 to Toronto.

  • [New York Times] Sports of The Times: Given Cause to Make a Stand, the Clippers Settle for a Gesture (Mon, 28 Apr 2014 03:47:08 GMT)

    Before their first playoff game since their franchise’s owner, Donald Sterling, was reported to have uttered racist remarks, the Los Angeles Clippers reversed their practice jerseys.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Wizards Coast to Win as Nene Sits (Mon, 28 Apr 2014 03:41:24 GMT)

    Washington played without the suspended forward Nene but raced to another early lead and beat visiting Chicago to take a three-games-to-one lead in their Eastern Conference series.

  • [New York Times] Michael Heisley, Who Rebuilt N.B.A.’s Grizzlies, Dies at 77 (Mon, 28 Apr 2014 03:23:26 GMT)

    Mr. Heisley, a co-founder and chairman of the Heico Companies, bought the floundering Vancouver Grizzlies in 2000 and soon moved them to Memphis.

  • [New York Times] Raptors Even Series With Nets, Win 87-79 (Mon, 28 Apr 2014 03:11:47 GMT)

    The most pressure-packed moments of playoff basketball, when the legs get heavy and the palms sweaty, seem to suit those young Toronto Raptors just fine.

  • [New York Times] Donald Sterling Has a Public Record of Bad Behavior (Mon, 28 Apr 2014 01:30:11 GMT)

    Donald Sterling’s behavior is a matter of public record, having generated lawsuits and extensive commentary.

  • [New York Times] Kerr Says He Spoke With Knicks’ Jackson on Weekend (Mon, 28 Apr 2014 01:23:40 GMT)

    Steve Kerr said Sunday he spoke with Phil Jackson twice over the weekend and that they will continue discussing the possibility of him becoming coach of the New York Knicks.

  • [New York Times] Amid Uproar, Clippers Silently Display Solidarity (Mon, 28 Apr 2014 01:07:23 GMT)

    Amid a controversy surrounding racist remarks attributed to Donald Sterling, the Clippers’ owner, the players made a statement by wearing their shirts inside out before facing the Warriors.

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: Sterling Scandal Presents Opportunity to N.B.A. Players Union (Mon, 28 Apr 2014 01:07:02 GMT)

    The racist comments possibly made by Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, could give the union a chance to expand its role in how the N.B.A. conducts its affairs.

  • [New York Daily News] Kerr meets with Jackson to discuss Knicks coaching job (Mon, 28 Apr 2014 04:38:21 GMT)

    Top candidate Steve Kerr met with Phil Jackson for dinner in Manhattan on Friday, and he’s officially in play for the Knicks’ head coaching vacancy.

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    2 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2014.04.28)”

    1. Um, yes. I pretty much agree that the NBA cannot permit a racist to own a team. I also think that this issue if more profound than Clay Bennett fracking and hijacking Seattle’s franchise or any other despicable business behavior by any other owner (sadly, in any business there’s a large share of people in command who are frigging crazy assholes). Racism is something that has to be assessed with ruthlessness, obviously after a due process, obviously by the present law, as Kevin Johnson said yesterday.

      There’s just one thing that buggers me (and should be investigated more closely, but not by the NBA). I don’t know if you heard the Sterling audio. I did and to me, it seemed a very strange display of racism. It seemed like he wasn’t all that convinced of what he was saying, as if racism was really a part of business for him. He didn’t say “you filthy w***e, you n****-banging b*tch”, he just said that she didn’t have to broadcast her black friends, that she could see them in private but not in public. What? I know many racist are hyprocrites, just as many male homophobes have been found to like ’em young boys, but this seemed like a PR issue, as if Sterling was affiliated with a KKK-based business group, or something like that. He didn’t seem personally offended by black people, he sounded like someone who risks losing something if is found mixing himself with black people.

      Very very strange.

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