NBA playoff update. And of course, Donald Sterling

By Anthony Powers

Here’s the problem with Donald Sterling. Not his statement. The man. And the social culture that spawned nurtured and accommodated him. Not to mention enriched when it should’ve prosecuted him.
Here we are smack dab in the middle of what might just be the greatest NBA first round playoff we’ve ever seen. And suddenly a very peculiar NBA chicken has come home to roast. They hid him away in the Clipper slums so he was stowed away in his own irrelevancy. But then they’re given Chris Paul?! By the NBA? And he’s not forced to sell?
Mind you…it’s not as if it is, as the Media portrays it, a lone isolated statement, somehow not reflecting what he actually thinks, in fact he didn’t say it, or maybe he didn’t say it, because maybe the tape was altered, or maybe it wasn’t, but anyway the statements do not reflect his beliefs or how he feels, you know the statements he does not acknowledge saying, and by the way if anyone is offended by the statements, especially you Magic Johnson, he’s sorry. I mean he has a history. An actual track record.
What is most striking to me is that absolutely no one is paying any attention to what seems to be EVERY BLACK PLAYER whoever worked on that NBA plantation. They are not surprised. They are not astonished in the least. For them, this is merely par for the course. Although I admit that I was amused at Baron Davis chiming in, claiming Sterling had called him “a bastard” and “the devil”. Baron Davis apparently was such an actual bastard that Massa Sterling couldn’t even get to his racial shit. Sterling apparently had far deeper issues with Mr. Davis than that he was a nigger.
That said, the fact remains that were it not for the fact that he messed around with the wrong woman, and how many of us have not suffered that, and of course why would any woman mess with that if she weren’t the wrong woman, the NBA would’ve sailed blissfully along, with Chris Paul, Blake Griffith, DeAndre Jordan, and my man bringing the funk Jamal Crawford, making this degenerate human being (and racist) even more wealthy. After all, that is their sole role on his plantation. I’m definitely going to have to reread…….40 million dollar slaves….a little more seriously. The NBA, which celebrates itself for its social progressiveness, would’ve have been business as increasingly lucrative usual as Sterling continued to be elevated once again by the NBA’s doing, to one of its marque franchises.
Anyway, welcome to the twenty first century, post-racial America, the age of Obama, where increasingly all is not as it seems.
For example, new commish Adam Silver seems to be positively heroic. Given that being a middle aged Black man with a brain I tend to expect the worse out of White folks in these situations, especially those who enrich themselves on the labor and skills of Black athletes they paternalistically own, I confess I was very pleasantly surprised by Silver and the NBA owners coming down hard in doing the right thing. I expected the typical slap on the wrist: a fine, a
suspension, and much pretense of giving a damn. Instead we get a life-time ban, a max fine, and an expressed determination to push Sterling out. Nice job!
But upon further review we see the Frederick Douglass history lesion being exhibited in bold relief: power cedes nothing without struggle. Or maybe the 21st century decline of the U.S. version: power cedes nothing without a PR fiasco costing actual and potential money after locking the players out and punking a disorganized and thoroughly cowed NBPA into giving up lots of money and putting a hard cap on what players can earn thus drastically increasing the value of franchises from millions to billions on the eve of media rights negotiations that will generate billions more while turning the players into year around sharecrop—- um—employees.
And so it is that recorded statements….not driving out of his apartment property its Black and Latino residents, including an elderly lady resident who paid her rent faithfully for decades and caused no problems, only to see Massa Sterling stop accepting her rent and then having her evicted, the actions against her only ceasing when she had a stroke and died…mission accomplished…no not that, but some embarrassing statements so niggardly they caused sponsors to pull out and players to threaten work stoppage during the most exciting first playoff round in NBA history.
Anyway…nice job Mr. Silver. You did what needed to be done. Now we can put the creepy ass cracker (my personal tribute to Trayvon et al) out of our minds and go back to sleep. Bring on the second round!!!
Random post mortem on the greatest round 1 since Hitman vs. Hagler:
I picked Raptors over Nets. Oh well, almost a genius. DeRozan got a little Kobe dog in him. He should’ve gotten that last shot.
Heat over Bobcats. Too bad big Al got hurt. Could’ve been interesting. He was a post-up clinic all year.
Wiz over Bulls. Too big too strong too good too many talented players. Yes having way more talented players helps in the playoffs when everybody cares and plays hard every game. No place for bottom feeders. Felt bad for Noah…who knew he could carry a team. Too bad he and his bum knee ended up being Nene road kill.
Pacers over Hawks. How in the hell could that team take any playoff team seven games. Of course that was the team that held the Pacers in a regular season game to 23 first half freaking points. I just can’t let it go. As much as I enjoyed Indy’s playoff run in the good old days last year when they were the big bad Pacers, I’m having a hard time caring about them now. By the way, I knew they were going to have trouble…maybe not epic Hindenburg type trouble… but trouble when Lance Random Stephenson began to be mentioned as an all-star.
Spurs over Mavs. The dependable Camry that is the Spurs traveling basketball clinic outlasts that wonderful jalopy that Rick Carlyle the voodoo chile kept running thanks to that Dirk horsepower engine. Welcome to the Hall of Fame Mr. Carter. How great could he have been if he had been coached like this earlier in his career?
Clips over Golden State. How could the Lord have allowed the devil (Sterling…see above) to lose to Pastor Jackson (RIP)?
OKC over Griz. The OKC chemistry experiment continues. Perkins is still dead. Westbrook is the greatest unstable element type player (see Jackson, Stephen et al) ever. KD is a genetically altered baller. Thanks commish for greasing the skids for OKC by suspending Randolph. The Emperor Stern legacy lives!!!! Long live the Emperor!!!
Portland over Houston. Don’t you wish they could play this all over again in the second round? Should we start calling him James Harem…no D? Ditto Chanler? Don’t blame Dwight. I can’t believe I just wrote that. Damian Lillard is a grown ass man. Ditto Aldridge.
Second round picks:
Heat over Nets in six. Lopez would’ve helped a lot in this one. Heat hasn’t been totally the same sine last season’s winning historic winning streak. But they have enough to take out Nets. Nets should make it interesting though.
Wiz over Pacers. If Ariza becomes Big Game Ariza, Indy’s sole matchup advantage over Wiz is Lance ADD Stephenson. As much as I enjoy him doing Lance Stephenson things…this is not good. Wiz in 5.
Spurs over Portland. Portland has no shot against the playoff hardened Spurs traveling basketball clinic. Damian/Lamarcus should get them one. In 5.
Clips over OKC. I actually have no idea in this one. But Griffin/ Jordan is a special ops force unlike anything I’ve ever seen. The CP3 matchup could bring out the worst in Westbrook. They have long annoying bodies to through at Durant. And Perkins in still dead. Ubuntu wins over Saint Durant in seven. If this happens I will question the Lord once again.

 

 

 

Here’s the problem with Donald Sterling. Not his statement. The man. And the social culture that spawned nurtured and accommodated him. Not to mention enriched when it should’ve prosecuted him.
Here we are smack dab in the middle of what might just be the greatest NBA first round playoff we’ve ever seen. And suddenly a very peculiar NBA chicken has come home to roast. They hid him away in the Clipper slums so he was stowed away in his own irrelevancy. But then they’re given Chris Paul?! By the NBA? And he’s not forced to sell?
Mind you…it’s not as if it is, as the Media portrays it, a lone isolated statement, somehow not reflecting what he actually thinks, in fact he didn’t say it, or maybe he didn’t say it, because maybe the tape was altered, or maybe it wasn’t, but anyway the statements do not reflect his beliefs or how he feels, you know the statements he does not acknowledge saying, and by the way if anyone is offended by the statements, especially you Magic Johnson, he’s sorry. I mean he has a history. An actual track record.
What is most striking to me is that absolutely no one is paying any attention to what seems to be EVERY BLACK PLAYER whoever worked on that NBA plantation. They are not surprised. They are not astonished in the least. For them, this is merely par for the course. Although I admit that I was amused at Baron Davis chiming in, claiming Sterling had called him “a bastard” and “the devil”. Baron Davis apparently was such an actual bastard that Massa Sterling couldn’t even get to his racial shit. Sterling apparently had far deeper issues with Mr. Davis than that he was a nigger.
That said, the fact remains that were it not for the fact that he messed around with the wrong woman, and how many of us have not suffered that, and of course why would any woman mess with that if she weren’t the wrong woman, the NBA would’ve sailed blissfully along, with Chris Paul, Blake Griffith, DeAndre Jordan, and my man bringing the funk Jamal Crawford, making this degenerate human being (and racist) even more wealthy. After all, that is their sole role on his plantation. I’m definitely going to have to reread…….30 billion dollar slaves….a little more seriously. The NBA, which celebrates itself for its social progressiveness, would’ve have been business as increasingly lucrative usual as Sterling continued to be elevated once again by the NBA’s doing, to one of its marque franchises.
Anyway, welcome to the twenty first century, post-racial America, the age of Obama, where increasingly all is not as it seems.
For example, new commish Adam Silver seems to be positively heroic. Given that being a middle aged Black man with a brain I tend to expect the worse out of White folks in these situations, especially those who enrich themselves on the labor and skills of Black athletes they paternalistically own, I confess I was very pleasantly surprised by Silver and the NBA owners coming down hard in doing the right thing. I expected the typical slap on the wrist: a fine, a
suspension, and much pretense of giving a damn. Instead we get a life-time ban, a max fine, and an expressed determination to push Sterling out. Nice job!
But upon further review we see the Frederick Douglass history lesion being exhibited in bold relief: power cedes nothing without struggle. Or maybe the 21st century decline of the U.S. version: power cedes nothing without a PR fiasco costing actual and potential money after locking the players out and punking a disorganized and thoroughly cowed NBPA into giving up lots of money and putting a hard cap on what players can earn thus drastically increasing the value of franchises from millions to billions on the eve of media rights negotiations that will generate billions more while turning the players into year around sharecrop—- um—employees.
And so it is that recorded statements….not driving out of his apartment property its Black and Latino residents, including an elderly lady resident who paid her rent faithfully for decades and caused no problems, only to see Massa Sterling stop accepting her rent and then having her evicted, the actions against her only ceasing when she had a stroke and died…mission accomplished…no not that, but some embarrassing statements so niggardly they caused sponsors to pull out and players to threaten work stoppage during the most exciting first playoff round in NBA history.
Anyway…nice job Mr. Silver. You did what needed to be done. Now we can put the creepy ass cracker (my personal tribute to Trayvon et al) out of our minds and go back to sleep. Bring on the second round!!!
Random post mortem on the greatest round 1 since Hitman vs. Hagler:
I picked Raptors over Nets. Oh well, almost a genius. DeRozan got a little Kobe dog in him. He should’ve gotten that last shot.
Heat over Bobcats. Too bad big Al got hurt. Could’ve been interesting. He was a post-up clinic all year.
Wiz over Bulls. Too big too strong too good too many talented players. Yes having way more talented players helps in the playoffs when everybody cares and plays hard every game. No place for bottom feeders. Felt bad for Noah…who knew he could carry a team. Too bad he and his bum knee ended up being Nene road kill.
Pacers over Hawks. How in the hell could that team take any playoff team seven games. Of course that was the team that held the Pacers in a regular season game to 23 first half freaking points. I just can’t let it go. As much as I enjoyed Indy’s playoff run in the good old days last year when they were the big bad Pacers, I’m having a hard time caring about them now. By the way, I knew they were going to have trouble…maybe not epic Hindenburg type trouble… but trouble when Lance Random Stephenson began to be mentioned as an all-star.
Spurs over Mavs. The dependable Camry that is the Spurs traveling basketball clinic outlasts that wonderful jalopy that Rick Carlyle the voodoo chile kept running thanks to that Dirk horsepower engine. Welcome to the Hall of Fame Mr. Carter. How great could he have been if he had been coached like this earlier in his career?
Clips over Golden State. How could the Lord have allowed the devil (Sterling…see above) to lose to Pastor Jackson (RIP)?
OKC over Griz. The OKC chemistry experiment continues. Perkins is still dead. Westbrook is the greatest unstable element type player (see Jackson, Stephen et al) ever. KD is a genetically altered baller. Thanks commish for greasing the skids for OKC by suspending Randolph. The Emperor Stern legacy lives!!!! Long live the Emperor!!!
Portland over Houston. Don’t you wish they could play this all over again in the second round? Should we start calling him James Harem…no D? Ditto Chanler? Don’t blame Dwight. I can’t believe I just wrote that. Damian Lillard is a grown ass man. Ditto Aldridge.
Second round picks:
Heat over Nets in six. Lopez would’ve helped a lot in this one. Heat hasn’t been totally the same sine last season’s winning historic winning streak. But they have enough to take out Nets. Nets should make it interesting though.
Wiz over Pacers. If Ariza becomes Big Game Ariza, Indy’s sole matchup advantage over Wiz is Lance ADD Stephenson. As much as I enjoy him doing Lance Stephenson things…this is not good. Wiz in 5.
Spurs over Portland. Portland has no shot against the playoff hardened Spurs traveling basketball clinic. Damian/Lamarcus should get them one. In 5.
Clips over OKC. I actually have no idea in this one. But Griffin/ Jordan is a special ops force unlike anything I’ve ever seen. The CP3 matchup could bring out the worst in Westbrook. They have long annoying bodies to through at Durant. And Perkins in still dead. Ubuntu wins over Saint Durant in seven. If this happens I will question the Lord once again.

 

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