Donald Sterling shows just how bad owners can be

Harris Decker

Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs - Game OneI’ve been sitting on this Donald Sterling story for the last few days. I wasn’t sure if and how it affected the Knicks. After all, Sterling has no connection to New York, and while his comments were absolutely disgraceful, there are only a few outcomes here. I don’t see any of them having league-wide repercussions.

What triggered me to actually write this was a fan letter I received from Rico, stating that he believes the result of this will be players and coaches bailing out of Los Angeles. If that were the case, there is an All-Star point guard out west that everyone knows would fit perfectly on the Knicks.

This won’t be the case. Commissioner Adam Silver has quite the mess on his hands. He stated earlier in the week that he would not make a quick decision and will look into the incident in detail. What does that actually mean? A voice recognition specialist should be able to determine if that actually was Sterling in a matter of minutes and the rest is as clear as this recording:

Silver could end up taking steps similar to what Major League Baseball did with the Dodgers. The NBA would take control and then essentially force him to sell. It would make Sterling even richer, but get him out of basketball.

Clippers players have already said that they won’t boycott this afternoon’s playoff game. The players won’t be going anywhere after the season. They are under contract and unless certain players force trades, the roster won’t be broken up over this incident. It’s the owner who will likely find himself outside of Los Angeles.

Another thing that this mess has pointed out is just how bad owners could be. In the case of Sterling, we have old school racism at its best. James Dolan is an annoying, controlling owner but let’s face it, in comparison, he’s quite a catch. Owners can range from the cheap to the boisterous to the dispassionate. We can now add racist to that list. Let’s all hope that Sterling is no longer in control of the Clippers come 2014-15.




226 comments
darealeric
darealeric

And Larry Johnson shows how dumb and ignorant players are...you want to create an "all black" league? Be my guest. Let Isiah bankrupt it after a year.

lindro88
lindro88

This is the best thing to happen to Jim Dolan since the '94 cup.

rgm891
rgm891

Tie it up Raptors.  Legooooo

glad the clippers lost.. they shouldn't have even been playing


Thats what separates people like Martin Luther King, Sandro and JFK from the rest of humanity......


-HopeForTheBetter

rgm891
rgm891

If the Clipper lose first round.  Cp3 and others will force their way out of LA.  

lobcity1
lobcity1

Im glad this is the topic today bc all of this plays a role in our everyday life. In plays a role in Basketball and the Knicks whether we like it or not. A lot has been happening lately and many evil worshippers are being exposed. The NBA is a monopoly and a part of "the group" sterling is talking about. Most of the wealthy sell their souls for money and power, which is why you see the Illuminati as the elites with most of the control of the world.

rico
rico

Hey Harris, I emailed you because as this drama became the top story in the entire country the  knicks blog was left with stale meanderings about a Ray Felton Report Card.  I made the connection that this will shake things up on the Clips as it likely will one way or the other. I tongue and cheeked "This could mean Doc and CP3 to the Knicks" so maybe you'd make the connection that the reverberations will effect the entire  NBA.


For one you can figure that the Clips will no longer be on Melo's "court me" list (as he says he wants the dwight howard treatment). If the Sterling BS didn't happen one could deduce that outside of chicago and houston, the LA, the Clips and his pal Cp3 would be a perfect fit for him. Not anymore.


So while you're off "sitting on a story", (yeah right?), hundreds of people here are talking about i here. 


The president of the US is talking about it, USA today, had it as a top story, CNN went wall to wall with it.  We expect the blog-masters here to be on point.  


Here's hoping Sterling gets his due, and that the Knicks bloggers (not the commenters) wake up.


Thanks for finally posting comments

melo7
melo7

The reason the knicks sucked so bad this year besides bad coaching and terrible pg play was the lack of 2 way players especially in the front court

knickster
knickster

Guys, let's be honest: some parts of that conversation were absolutely hilarious. Like when he says he doesn't feel like "going to Europe" or when he says she should act like a "delicate white or Hispanic lady"... I was cracking up...

lobcity1
lobcity1

I would like to know which of Sterlings peers and colleagues he was referring to when he was telling his girl how "everybody else" sees it and when sterling says he is "living in a culture, and I have to live within the culture. So that's the way it is" What culture is this?

I would not put on a Clippers uniform. This is crazy.

blackwood1
blackwood1

Censorship on this blog is crazy by those who run it, not a swear word not an insult in my last post & they have it trapped in pending limbo. Freedom of speech but only if it supports a narrative SMH.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

Golden state looks like they're gonna run away from the clips....ready for cp3s next excuse on why he lost in the first round.

glad the wiz won.and without nene that doesnt bode well for da bulls

lol @ throwing the warmup jersey on the floor mid court... 


... now the water boy has to travel all the way mid court to pick them up


-HopeForTheBetter

I like what Mel Brown said...


unless you hurt these guys economically it won't make a difference


the NBA, Adam Silver and the real powers that be, will just reach a decision that will mask the problem but not actually solve it or make a significant impact


And thats why I would have loved for the players to take a stand


-HopeForTheBetter

rico
rico

@darealeric I think Larry just did what president Obama mentioned…""When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don't really have to do anything, you just let them talk. That's what happened here," the President said.


Now Larry Johnson has joined the party. Sad



knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@Victor Triguero  I just think they simply lost the game. They shouldn't have played anyway.

nyart
nyart

Lol its hard to believe that its not even close...I take Dolan over him all day

rico
rico

@rgm891  I'm betting Magic ends up getting the franchise, and they stay in LA, 

only now Melo will want to join them under Magic

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@akamarb  

The Cincinnati Reds had a similar situation with owner Marge Schott. The NBA probably can bar Sterling from running the team, as MLB did that with Schott.

Harris Decker
Harris Decker

@rico  Hey we're no CNN or Barack Obama, let alone "blog-masters." I appreciate the support either way though.

dagawd
dagawd

@knickster  The 15mins is much better Tmz will soon release an hour of Audio

Mel Brown
Mel Brown

@akamarb  That probably won't happen but HE NEEDS to demand a trade.  That would be the end of the sterling ownership.

knickster
knickster

@akamarb I did notice certain similarities, but did not want o stir controversy, AK...lol...

dagawd
dagawd

@blackwood1  It happens just got to find a different word that sums up what you're trying to say

brookdon
brookdon

lol agreed. That was a weak form of protest.

dagawd
dagawd

 Well trained slaves Buddy, they know who control them, they won't say it cause they took the oath

dagawd
dagawd

First of there are only 3 races/ethnicity European African Asian or you're mix with those, Simple things people don't know, people think where they are born is what they are, that's why the divide and conquer plan worked out great, I know this is hard for the simple to comprehend

rico
rico

You're the lead writer Harris,

Don't be shy about leading bro.

knickster
knickster

Will check it out. This reminds me of the Mel Gibson tape...

rico
rico

@knickster @OLDKNICK @Mel Brown @solar_lion  Maybe the concept of race is something we should retire? It seems like another man-made classifications used to divide.  The sooner we keep making multi-race-color kids then there is no more race arguments.  ( I guess) 



jeandd323
jeandd323

@dagawd  wrong ... u forgot the Red men : the american Indians. 

solar_lion
solar_lion

@dagawd Genetic research into the halpotype gene group demonstrates that Asians and Amerindians have nothing in common. I got nothing in common with Jeremy Lin. I'm an American Original.

Mel Brown
Mel Brown

an ethnic group is a derivative of a mix of one of three races and transfomed over time and climatology.

Mel Brown
Mel Brown

@jeandd323 @Mel Brown  No problem.  Anytime.  

P.s:  A lot of what I presented is not in the context of "traditional"  western history.   There is what's on the surface and then there is what has been covered up.  


Have a good evening.

jeandd323
jeandd323

@Mel Brown @jeandd323  I said "Come on - be real" because your statement is out of the mainstream of modern western history. At least, I have never heard  something similar in all my readings. Obviously, I respect your intellect; otherwise I would not have spent some much going back and forth with you. 


It was pleasing discussion to me and as such  I was having  a good time in the  back and forth discussion where each one was trying their best to make their point. 


If my "come on - be real discussion" sounded insulting to you, I did not mean to be insulting. I apologize for that. 


It was an enjoyable discussion while it lasted ... no hard feelings !

Mel Brown
Mel Brown

@jeandd323 @Mel Brown  1. I didn't mean to offend you.  However, I was being very honest in suggesting you to research further.  


2.  I stand behind the fact that if you believe that the Spanish invasion is responsible for the "discovery" of the americas then you have not educated yourself enough on that subject. 


This is not saying you are not an intelligent individual.   


3.  If I was a weak minded individual I can easily take your comment, "come on....be real"  as highly offensive.  However, I know you just haven't studied in depth.  


No offense.

jeandd323
jeandd323

@Mel Brown @jeandd323  I thought we were having an intellectual conversation. As a matter of fact, I contemplated complimenting you for the civil nature of the discussions.  It is a huge disappointment  to me that you resorted to "making demeaning statements". That is where the discussion ends. 


Thanks for some nice exchanges. I might have learned a few things from you as I am sure you have learned a bit from me.


Trust me, my education level is where it should be. 

Mel Brown
Mel Brown

@jeandd323 @Mel Brown  How can you discover a place in which there are already people living there with established cultures and way of life?  Really??

Mel Brown
Mel Brown

@jeandd323 @Mel Brown  You need to become more educated.   If you believe that the spanish entourage "discovered"  the americas you are deficient in historical knowledge.  

jeandd323
jeandd323

@Mel Brown  I did not have to buy the book. This what I got on Lopez de Gomara on cursory search :

Francisco López de Gómara (c. 1511 - c. 1566) was a Spanish historian who worked in Seville, particularly noted for his works in which he described the early 16th century expedition undertaken by Hernán Cortésin the Spanish conquest of the New World. Although Gómara himself did not accompany Cortés, and had in fact never been to the Americas, he had firsthand access to Cortés and others of the returning conquistadores as the sources of his account. However other contemporaries, among them most notably Bernal Díaz del Castillo, criticised his work as being full of inaccuracies, and one which unjustifiably sanitised the events and aggrandised Cortés' role. As such, the reliability of his works may be called into question ...




Mel Brown
Mel Brown

@jeandd323  First look at the definition of "discover"-  To find or unveal something that others have not.


The first set of people to discover the americas were NOT spanish invaders.   


It dates back to the Mongolians that crossed the bering straights and the Guinea Africans that sailed the equatorial and south equitorial current. (canary current and guinea current)


Africans were the first people to circum-navigate the earth.

jeandd323
jeandd323

@Mel Brown  The discussion was not about when the africans came to the new world. It was about whether there are more than 3 races in the world.


Can I ask you a simple question - haha


Who discover America and when?



Mel Brown
Mel Brown

@jeandd323 @Mel Brown  That would be ideal....however, I've given you resources to dispel this notion that you believe in regarding-


""I said the africans did not come to the new world until the 15th century AD. Batholemew de las casas who was a priest and wrote extensively about the spaniards treatment of the Arawak recomended to them to bring the africans to the new world to work the gold mines .. that was in the 15th century."


That my friend is absolutely false.  Just check the references.  

jeandd323
jeandd323

@Mel Brown  We probably should do this over a glass of wines - hahah


You are mixing apples and oranges.


I said the aztecs and the mayans were in there at the same time.


That is 1 point.


I said the africans did not come to the new world until the 15th century AD. Batholemew de las casas who was a priest and wrote extensively about the spaniards treatment of the Arawak recomended to them to bring the africans to the new world to work the gold mines .. that was in the 15th century.


These are 2 different points my friend. 


If you can point me out to where it is historically stated that the africans were here in 800 BC, I would gladly go and buy the book and read it. One can always learn something new - right. 


Mel Brown
Mel Brown

@jeandd323 @Mel Brown  that all depends on the sources you rely on.  Anthropologists say otherwise. 


Who is Johann blumenbach??  What is his title?  What are his merits?


Lopez de Gomara, Historia de Mexico, Anvers 1554

jeandd323
jeandd323

@Mel Brown  Johann Blumenbach's  divided the human species into five races in 1779 :

My point is always the same. Wherever you go and whatever referecnes you use, there are more than 3 races. That is my point. 

Mel Brown
Mel Brown

@jeandd323  you thought wrong,  the olmecs and african exchange dates back to 800 BC.   The spaniards didn't reach the americas till AD.


First source, Ivan Van sertima,  


The human species published in 1905:  black populations have been found in America in small isolated tribes. Such as the Charruas of Brazil, the black cariibees, the jamassi of Florida.  


Herbert Baker, Second source

harold lawrence, African Explorers in the New world.


Alexander Von Wuthenau, Unexpected faces ancient america.

jeandd323
jeandd323

@Mel Brown @jeandd323  well not true - Mayans and Olmecs were there about the same time :


Olmec: 1500 - 300 BCE 

Maya: 1500 BCE 

Toltec: 900 BCE 

Aztec: 100 BCE 

Again, the discussion was about the major races in the world.


I do not know where you have the Africans in the americas in 1500 bc.  I thought Bartholomew de las Casas recommended to the Spaniards to bring them as replacement for the Arawaks  who were dying by the 1000s in Cuba and Hispaniola.


References for you  - Howard Zin ( People History of the United States)

Mel Brown
Mel Brown

@jeandd323 @Mel Brown  Ashley Montague carries no weight in the anthropological world.  There is a huge void....North African black (first cataract), West African black....


You got your information from the internet.  Anyone can post information on the internet.  


Site books, research docs, then we can talk.

jeandd323
jeandd323

@Mel Brown  I said many subraces - not many more races ...


A quick  perusal of google reveals the following :

These are 
1) Mongoloid (Asian and American Indian) 
2) Caucasoid (European) 
3) Australoid (Australian and oceanic) 
4) Black  (east African black) 
5) Capoid (south African black) 

The remaining peoples are mixtures or "mongrels" of the different races above. This theory was originally proposed by Ashley Montague and has been disputed for years, but has still withstood the test of time to a large extent.


Mel Brown
Mel Brown

@jeandd323  The olmecs pre-dated the Mayans as far back as 800 BC.  They had a devopled civilization prior to the medieval Mexico of the Mayas.  The African presence during this time is evident in terra-cotta portraits, and golden pectorals that give evidence to the sharing of cultural developments and civilization.

Mel Brown
Mel Brown

@jeandd323 @Mel Brown @dagawd  Of course there are many more ethnic groups.. just like there were many indian tribes that existed before the Mayans, etc...


Many more races than negroid, caucasoid, and mongloid??  Not true.  

jeandd323
jeandd323

@Mel Brown @jeandd323 @dagawd  who ? enlighten us ... The point I was making to my friend Dagawd is that there are many more races and subraces than Black, white and yellow. I just pick the red men as a casing examples. I do not mean to lecture anyone. You can check it out yourself.

jeandd323
jeandd323

@dagawd  The mayans, the aztecs and the incas had a very advanced civilization in the americas hundred of years before the europeans and other nations  ever set the foot here.  check it out !

dagawd
dagawd

@jeandd323 And where do u think they came from, who do they look like....

solar_lion
solar_lion

@Mel Brown @solar_lion@dagawdAgain we consider ourselves first peoples and different from other ethnic/racial groups. It is a position we've always taken. Some people want to claim similarities. There are a slew of cultural differences that separate us. Nevertheless we are all human beings. I am merely restating the position I take as a person of an indigenous ethnic group.

Mel Brown
Mel Brown

@solar_lion @dagawd  Mongolians and Africans spawned the Amerindians.   


The travels that initiated via the Bering Straights initiated this population....

solar_lion
solar_lion

@dagawd @Mel BrownI agree. But quite frankly I escape that ignorance. I can name the ethnic group of my people an know the language of my people. I AINT SPANISH.

dagawd
dagawd

@Mel Brown We can go on and on about this, lets get back to Basketball, How bout those Knicks, LoL

Mel Brown
Mel Brown

@dagawd @Mel Brown  those countries weren't civilized until the Moors taught them civilization and built the first metropolitan city...cordova.  



dagawd
dagawd

@Mel Brown Many don't know this they think those countries always had civilization in them, I always got to correct people when they say they're spanish then i say so u were born in Spain? no Dummy you're hispanic which are mixes of races and u were coloniz by the spanish

dagawd
dagawd

@Mel Brown  When they started traveling the world and discovering central south america and the islands in the carribbean they took many of those ethnicity to those countries, every country has white black asian or mixed with those