Donald Sterling suspended for life from NBA; Dolan issues statement on matter

Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life from the NBA, Commissioner Adam Silver announced. Sterling was also fined $2.5 million.

Silver said he will urge the NBA’s Board of Governors to try and force a sale of the team. >> For the full Sterling story, read it on ZagsBlog

“I have been in touch with the NBA and fully support Commissioner Silver’s decision,” Executive Chairman of The Madison Square Garden Company James Dolan said in a statement. “I applaud Adam for acting quickly and decisively in appropriately addressing these disgusting and offensive comments. This kind of behavior has no place in basketball, or anywhere else, and we as a league must stand together in condemning this ignorance.”




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po_diddley
po_diddley

So some of you are calling these first round games "the best first round games in the history of the NBA"?  What the eff are you smoking?  


Denver beating Seattle?


'99 NYK/MIA trumps them all though :)

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

MAYWEATHER ON STERLING:


"Donald Sterling, he's been getting a lot of negative press, and my thing is this -- I don't have nothing negative to say about this guy," Mayweather said. "He's always treated me with the utmost respect. He has always invited me to games. Always. Has always told me, 'Floyd, I want you to sit right next to me and my wife.' I don't know about the [alleged] mistress. But I'm talking about him and the wife."

ENGLBERT_HUMPERDINK
ENGLBERT_HUMPERDINK

Report on ESPN that Ocar De La Hoya and/or Floyd Mayweather want to purchase the clippers

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

If Melo goes to the Bulls, why does everyone think they're winning a ring next year? Derrick Rose hasn't played basketball in damn near two years. Even when he came back, he looked like a shell of himself...low shooting percentage ( because he doesn't have a consistent jumper/game relies on athleticism) and he looked scared mentally. I think he's going to need a year before we can even decide if Rose is "back".

There would be no Gibson on that team. It would be Melo, Noah, and Rose (I know his name is exciting but it is going to take time for him to get back to what he was if at all). The rest will be min contracts. Butler might be able to stick around.

Bulls wouldn't win with Melo next year. He'd be waiting on 2015 like he would be if he stayed with the Knicks. If Rose doesn't get back to his old self, then Melo would have wasted the rest of his career. A team that got put out 3-1 is all of a sudden a contender bc a guy who has had two knee surgeries on both knees in a span of a year from non contact injuries and hasn't played in two years is coming back. The Bulls played better after he got injured again. Rose says, " the bulls are back"...sound familiar?

po_diddley
po_diddley

@illmatix  Rose's days as being in the conversation for MVP are done.  He will still be serviceable, but surgeries on both knees for a player that relies on explosiveness is no bueno. 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@illmatixLMAO! Welcome to the ISO Club!  Melo's not the only one running them! 

But Biggie says the numbers won't work so that means they probably will.  Biggie is sorta right abotu there are certain cap hold on players that counts against the cap next year.  Yet the cap is suppose to go up by 5M too as you state.  check out this link Biggie gave me. hopefully, it's not a sham.

http://data.shamsports.com/content/pages/data/salaries/bulls.jsp


It's was even more funny during the LBJ sweepstakes!  I hope you remembered that!  It's all fun nonetheless! 


VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@SheSaidSpikeWho  What I see is that he'd be a in similar situation to when he first came to the Knicks.

If this hypothetical scenario comes to pass, I think Melo would concede a S&T, which would force the Bulls to give up the farm for Melo. 

Obviously the Bulls have a top tier coach, promising players, and a superstar in Rose (even though some say he's a lost cause, I believe it's far from over). It's a very enticing and appealing option.

At the same time, Melo made a big deal to leave Denver and his failure in NY is somthing that will stay with him once/if he bounces. 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@SheSaidSpikeWho Why no Gibson?   The Bulls with Melo and a near healthy Rose would be instant favorites to win a ring next year and dethrone the Heat in the East.

There are no guarantees for anything in the playoffs but even without Rose, the Bulls are a major threat with a scorer like Melo. 



SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

If Rose looks like what he looked like when he came back, they won't win anything. Like I said, rose hasn't played in two yrs! He will need half the season to get in shape and the other half to feel "confident with his muscle memory".

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

Can't afford to keep Gibson and sign Melo. He'd have to go.

Lee Lewin
Lee Lewin

@xmenreturn @SheSaidSpikeWho  No gibson because they will have to trade him in order to get far enough under the cap in order to offer Melo close to Max. They first have to amnesty boozer(given) and then trade Dunleavy too. Then they would be at 36 million for 6 players and with cap holds put them at 39/40 million before offering melo the deal.


If they don't trade Gibson, they are at 47 million before cap holds and can no way shape or form offer Melo anywhere near a max deal. 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@knicksgirl35 LOL He can't get no assurance next year for help unless Phil takes a risk next year and trade STATues early to build around Melo.  

Not happening! lol

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

All this time I was wondering if this was Kiyan! Lol

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@kingofny LOL Yes, it would. I'm a good looking big fellow and I would be passed around like akamarb! lol 

But I like watching the fights on my big flat screen at home.  I would need to hook that up to my computer.  

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@kingofny Yep! Thanks!  What time the authorities pick me up for jail? lol

Seriously thanks! I'll check it out. l

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@knicksgirl35 Yep and I will be a man with another 65+ dollars in my pocket this weekend too!

Mayweather has some timing to come out with this now.

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@xmenreturn @knicksgirl35  You must be a man of integrity. I wouldn't spend good money to watch someone who doesn't see the wrong in Sterling either.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@SheSaidSpikeWho @VerySilentJay  MVP Rose? Yeah...tough one.

But many are saying he's lost his explosiveness and what not.

In my experience and from what I saw, Rose didn't miss a beat (atheltically), after the injury.

A torn meniscus isn't known for affecting a player's athleticism.


What is concerning is the dude's lack of will power to get back to teh floor. Torn meniscus can even be treated by physical therapy. Some doctors even recommend that. It's longer but it avoids the dangers of suegery.

Rose seems to either be scared or way too psychological weak to return when his team needed him. We already saw that least season.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Lee Lewin Ok man! So Melo  says he wants a ring but he will not even be remotely smart of creative to get with the best team he can to achieve that? 

Then the dude doesn't really want a ring and why should be build around him? 

Even LBJ thought creatively to leave his hometown team to go to a place where he could contend right away and possibly take less money.

For Melo to not waste another prime year of his career, he better think outside the box too or he'll just be in it for the money.

Lee Lewin
Lee Lewin

@xmenreturn @Lee Lewin  Dude, you are clueless. Since no superstar in the history of sports has done this or even though of this, its safe to say this isn't happening. And if i dive deep into the CBA, i'm sure there are some rules there not allowing this.


Why do you keep thinking of 1 year deals. Just stop. He's not going to the bulls unless they are left with noah, rose, and a few min salary players. And that's if they get rid of Gibson for no salary in return. 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Lee Lewin  He can get insurance for 1 year until he signs the longer term contract in 2015. 

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

Even if Melo takes less, they still have to get rid of both.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Lee Lewin You mean Melo can't sign a 1 year deal with the Bulls and then sign another contract in year 2?

Lee Lewin
Lee Lewin

@xmenreturn @Lee Lewin  xmen, like biggie szid, they can't make it up..the CBA allows for only certain increases per year over the life of the deal. This isn't like the NFL or MLB where you can backload a deal or offer a signing bonus upfront to offset a lower cap hit. 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@BiggieTKB YIKES! It's about making risky moves to bring about instant success like Isiah did.

If we were to win instantly no one would care how we did it! 

That's the pt dude.  Does Phil tries to take crazy risks for this or does he take his time and build the time in a methodical way starting in 2015+ and etc. 

Isiah took a chance on talented but risky players in Marbury, Curry and Francis!

It's about the results!

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@xmenreturn  you continue to have no grasp on the rules or reality.


you cant "make it up" in 2015.. 


your credibility is below zero.


god forbid phil makes moves that brings "instant success" .. the horror of that.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Lee Lewin I hear ya and Biggie stated this as well.  I think they can convince Melo to take less for 1 year and then have him make that up in 2015+.   The difference between us and the Bulls is that they have the core guys for him to contend next year and he doesn't have to change what he does best. 

It's all fun and we shall see for sure!  

I just want PHil to build this team right and not rush into risk moves for instant success!  We have too many holes to fill now. 

Lee Lewin
Lee Lewin

@xmenreturn  they have to get rid of both in order to get Melo unless of course there is a sign and Trade, but that would have Both gibson, Butler and draft picks comign back too. I don't see that happening. 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@knicksgirl35 They are a major threat because they would now have a scorer than teams would need to pay attention too. 

That has always been the bulls issue  even when they had Rose. They lacked enough scoring to get past the best teams.  

Noah is maybe the best passing center in the game now. With Melo, they would be lethal! Just imo!  

They need to keep Gibson though and get rid of Boozer. He sucks!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@BiggieTKB Back out?  I'm a Knicks Fan,  I could care if I'm wrong so as long as our Knicks win!  

I'm just expressing what I feel about the Phil and Melo situation! 

However it plays out, I'll still be rooting for my Knicks like I do my Jets and Mets!  

Winning sure isn't mandatory being a fan of these teams!  

 I will judge PHil like I do any other GM, FO or coach.   He wins for us, he's a God! He loses and make bad deals, he's in the company of Layden, Isiah, Walsh and GG!

Phil brings HOPE not guarantees!


xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@knicksgirl35 From you mouth to God's ears!  Many of us are banking on Phil being smart and doing it his way and not rush things. 

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@xmenreturn  so that's how you back out?  if and when Phil signs Melo your line is Melo will never win so you can be a serial hater for five years?


wow.. good luck with that.

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@xmenreturn @knicksgirl35  I'll tell ya. He's too smart to make rash moves. He thinks outside the box and has laser light focus when it comes to winning. Two great qualities to have if you're an NBA President.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@knicksgirl35 LOL I'm truly hoping that's not to be the case but if Phil tries to build around Melo now and trade STATues early to find help for Melo next year just to get him to stay, that could be an Isiah type move. 

I'm praying Phil is too smart for that!  

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@knicksgirl35 I hear ya and if he tries to do an Isiah and build around Melo next year instead of waiting for 2015+, we are in big trouble. 

Phil is not on the sidelines folks!We may have a rookie coach there and they are not the same.