Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Mike D'Antoni Resigns From Lakers

I can't even be objective about this post to tell you the truth, as a Lakers' fan, I am so happy right now. After coaching the Los Angeles Lakers through their worst season in franchise history, coach Mike D'Antoni resigned from his post.

Not many other coaches would have survived the season under the immense slander he received from the Lakers' fan base. He didn't have much ammunition from the armory, as Kobe Bryant missed most of the season with injury to highlight the MASH unit that masqueraded as a professional basketball team. He was constantly at odds with the best player, Pau Gasol, and his defensive schemes were comical at best.

I tip my hat to coach Mike D'Antoni for doing the right thing by stepping down. Now, the coaching search begins. Who is next? Byron Scott? John Calipari? The NBA will be waiting for the announcement.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Donald Sterling: Just a Reminder, So What Should Be Done?

To the informed fans of the NBA, Donald Sterling's character had been well known for many years, so his latest display, thanks to TMZ, shouldn't come as a shock and elicit outrage. It should have been a simple reminder.

I ask those that are calling for his head:

Those are just a few of the reasons why very few free agents or coaches wanted to be employed by this organization in the past, and part of the reason that they were trash. It wasn't until David Stern vetoed the Lakers' trade for Chris Paul - he wanted to play in Los Angeles badly - adding him to the Clippers mix to help rising star Blake Griffin decide to be the first top shelf player to ACTUALLY WANT to sign a long term deal with the team. The rest is history. The team's performance on the court ushered the Sterling disdain into the background and made people forget about all of the bad he had done.

My Proposed Solution

Unfortunately forcing Donald Sterling to sell the Clippers while their value is at an all-time high will only benefit him.  What I propose is for the NBA to issue a death penalty on the Clippers. Take away the Clippers draft picks for the next five years and allowing any of their current players that are under contract to leave the team and make the Clippers pay their wages. Then remove the Clippers from any nationally-broadcasted games. This way, it will hurt Donald Sterling's pockets.

What do you think should be done about this?