Thursday, April 19, 2018
Sports

NBA shares responsibility for Donald Sterling

Craziest owner

From criticizing Magic Johnson to lobbing more racial insults, Clippers owner Donald Sterling continued to fly over the cliff in an interview with Anderson Cooper. Makes me think one of two things are happening here. Either Sterling, as his wife claims, is starting to suffer from dementia, or this is the way he has always been. And if it's the latter, you're telling me that no one in the NBA, including former commissioner David Stern and the other NBA owners, had a clue? A guy doesn't wake up at 80 and decide to become a louse. Yes, Sterling is a bad guy, but the NBA has some culpability here, too, for looking the other way for so many years.

Biggest test

Odd how so many say they have no problem with a gay NFL player, but then lose their minds when that player kisses his boyfriend on television. When Michael Sam kissed his boyfriend after being drafted Saturday, the reaction was mixed. I don't know how you can claim to have no problem with a gay player and then criticize that player for showing affection toward a loved one in such an emotional moment. As far as we think we've come on such matters, it's clear that many are okay with the concept of gay athletes, but they are clearly not okay with the reality of it. Sam's reaction and ESPN's coverage of it, as it turned out, was a test. And many failed.

Tweet of the day

The Washington Post's Cindy Boren tweets: "It occurs to me that Shelly Sterling may be misinterpreting Clippers fans who, she says, tell her, 'You go, girl.' ''

Interesting tidbits

Never too early for a 2015 mock NFL draft. Sports Illustrated has the Bucs taking FSU QB Jameis Winston (right) seventh overall. I can't decide if that would be good or bad. … The best sports show on TV will continue. Pardon the Interruption's Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon signed long-term extensions Tuesday. … Because of huge TV ratings and coverage, look for the NFL draft to stay in May and, eventually, move out of New York to other cities with tickets being sold to the event.

Best event

There is nothing in sports better than a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Tonight, the Canadiens and Bruins will meet in a Game 7 for the ninth time — the most in North American sports history. The Maple Leafs and Red Wings and the NBA's Celtics and 76ers have met in six Game 7s.

Three things that popped into my head

1. I'm not sure Cleveland — with the lousy winter weather and the tough division with fierce defenses — is the best fit for QB Johnny Manziel. Know what would have been a better fit? Tampa Bay.

2. One thing I've learned from watching the NHL playoffs: The Penguins' Sidney Crosby is the best player in the NHL … and its biggest complainer. When Boston's Shawn Thornton squirted Montreal's P.K. Subban in the face with water, it was classless and shameful. When the Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist did the same to Crosby, it was deserving. And funny.

3. One thing I've learned from watching the NBA playoffs: the Heat's Erik Spoelstra, and not San Antonio's Gregg Popovich, is the most underrated coach in the NBA. Not the best, but the most underrated. Pop is still the best.

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