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May 29, 2014

Exit, Donald Sterling. Enter, Steve Ballmer

  • $2B the amount ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is paying for the Los Angeles Clippers, taking it out of the hands of Donald Sterling. The result is that we’ll see a lot less racism and controversy and hopefully a few courtside scenes like these. Ballmer becomes the second former Microsoft exec to own a NBA team, after Paul Allen. source
23:18 // 2 months ago
May 23, 2014
11:55 // 3 months ago
May 13, 2014
Big Magic Johnson, what has he done? He’s got AIDS. Did he do any business? Did he help anybody in South LA? … What kind of guy goes to every city and has sex with every girl and catches AIDS? … I don’t think he’s a good example for the children of Los Angeles.

Donald Sterling, on Magic Johnson. In an exclusive interview with Anderson Cooper, he said Johnson “should be ashamed of himself” for having HIV. (via washingtonpost)

How to get people on your side: Criticize one of the most famous and philanthropic athletes of all time. Johnson’s post-NBA career decimates absolutely every stereotype about HIV—every stereotype that Sterling would be quick to throw on him based on his interview with AC.

Also, this response to the interview was pure class, Magic.

(via bookoisseur)

11:49 // 3 months ago
April 26, 2014
Magic Johnson’s take on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who was caught on tape chiding his girlfriend for hanging out with Johnson and posting a picture of the encounter on Instagram. Exact words: ”Yeah, it bothers me a lot that you want to promo, broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?”

Magic Johnson’s take on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who was caught on tape chiding his girlfriend for hanging out with Johnson and posting a picture of the encounter on Instagram. Exact words: ”Yeah, it bothers me a lot that you want to promo, broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?”

14:43 // 3 months ago
February 23, 2014
Since coming out as the first openly gay active player in NBA history, Jason Collins has earned praise and respect from many corners. (Though no fault of his own, it was also an announcement that led to the severe downgrading of the stock of one famous journalist.) But one thing he hasn’t done? He hasn’t actually played in an NBA game since he made the announcement. That’s about to change, after it was reported today that the Brooklyn Nets would sign the 35-year-old Collins.

Since coming out as the first openly gay active player in NBA history, Jason Collins has earned praise and respect from many corners. (Though no fault of his own, it was also an announcement that led to the severe downgrading of the stock of one famous journalist.) But one thing he hasn’t done? He hasn’t actually played in an NBA game since he made the announcement. That’s about to change, after it was reported today that the Brooklyn Nets would sign the 35-year-old Collins.

12:54 // 5 months ago
January 17, 2014
"So hey, I hear our team accepts Bitcoin now.” ”Who gives a crap? It’s just an attention-grabbing ploy to get people to go to our games. We’re currently 14-24, so we gotta do something to convince people to show up.”

"So hey, I hear our team accepts Bitcoin now.” ”Who gives a crap? It’s just an attention-grabbing ploy to get people to go to our games. We’re currently 14-24, so we gotta do something to convince people to show up.”

23:41 // 7 months ago
January 7, 2014

These two guys are still making millions of dollars from the ABA merger

  • $500M the amount two former American Basketball Association owners, Ozzie and Daniel Silna, stand to make from a deal with the the National Basketball Association to end an agreement with the league that dates back to the 1970s. At the time, the two businessmen owned the Spirits of St. Louis, a team that was not brought into the NBA post-merger. The men made an agreement to fold—as long as they got one-seventh of the TV rights from the four ABA teams merging into the NBA. Since then, the NBA has become a major sport—and the duo have made $300 million from the deal, with no end date in sight. They could turn down the NBA and continue to make millions each year—and even with the big upfront payment, they still stand to make more revenue from the league. source
9:16 // 7 months ago
January 5, 2014
newsweek:

Allen Iverson, NBA icon, struggles with life after basketball

A recluse whose character traits were really warning signs. He made $150 million in his playing career, and nearly all of it is gone—barring a $30 million trust from his Reebok endorsement days that he can’t touch until he’s 55. He’s 38.

newsweek:

Allen Iverson, NBA icon, struggles with life after basketball

A recluse whose character traits were really warning signs. He made $150 million in his playing career, and nearly all of it is gone—barring a $30 million trust from his Reebok endorsement days that he can’t touch until he’s 55. He’s 38.

19:42 // 7 months ago
June 24, 2013
Today in weird trades: Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers may have led his team to a ton of success over the past nine years, but as a rebuilding period lingered, it was clear he was raring to go. The L.A. Clippers were interested, even. One problem: Rivers was still under contract. Solution? He’s essentially getting traded for a draft pick, a rare move for a coach. The crazy part? They wanted to trade him along with star player Kevin Garnett, but that deal got nixed.

Today in weird trades: Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers may have led his team to a ton of success over the past nine years, but as a rebuilding period lingered, it was clear he was raring to go. The L.A. Clippers were interested, even. One problem: Rivers was still under contract. Solution? He’s essentially getting traded for a draft pick, a rare move for a coach. The crazy part? They wanted to trade him along with star player Kevin Garnett, but that deal got nixed.

9:47 // 1 year ago
June 17, 2013

Jay-Z is firmly in the Galaxy camp. The rapper, perhaps the most commercially-savvy musician out there these days, spent the evening on a series of NBA Finals commercials announcing a new album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” with the help of Samsung, which is paying the rapper $5 a pop for a million copies to be given away in advance through an Android app. (Sorry Apple users.) If you’re gonna sell out, sell out with more planning and better savvy than everyone else, so it doesn’t look like selling out.

1:56 // 1 year ago