Over the weekend, a recording surfaced of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racist comments about African Americans. Since then, the NBA, its players, coaches, owners, and fans have called on new commissioner Adam Silver to punish Sterling.
In a news conference this afternoon, Silver announced Sterling’s punishment: A lifetime ban and a $2.5 million dollar fine.
“The views expressed by Mr. Sterling are deeply offensive and harmful,” Silver said. “That they came from an NBA owner only heightens the damage and my personal outrage.”
Effectively immediately, Sterling cannot attend NBA games or practices and is barred from making any business decisions involving the team. The fine will be donated to organizations dedicated to anti-discrimination and tolerance efforts that will be jointly selected by the NBA and the Players Association.
Michael Jordan is arguably the greatest basketball player ever. LeBron James is making a run at that title. And in the first round of the 2014 NBA playoffs, Air Jordan and King James were on a collision course: the Jordan-owned Charlotte Bobcats faced LeBron's Miami Heat in the first round.
The series wasn't even close. The Heat defeated the Cats last night, 109-98, to sweep Charlotte out of the postseason. But fans at Time Warner Cable Arena got a nice consolation prize when Jordan and LeBron shared a moment together after the end of the game.
A few days ago, Kevin Durant made an insane three-pointer, was fouled, and hit a free to help send Game 2 of the Thunder's series against the Grizzlies into OT. (OKC ultimately lost, but Durant's play was still huge.)
Well. Durant's teammate Russell Westbrook stole some of his, um, thunder last night, hitting his own four-point play under really tough conditions.
With 29 seconds to go in Game 3, Memphis led, 85-81, as Westbrook entered the Grizzlies zone. He made a move above the arc, dribbled to the center of the court, and went up for a desperation three. He was fouled as he let the ball go, fell to the court, and SWISH!
Why are the playoffs so exciting? Because anything can happen, for one. And it's a chance for a sport's best players to show off what makes them so great. Which is exactly what Kevin Durant did last night.
In Game 2 of the Thunder's opening round series against the Grizzlies, OKC found itself down five, 98-93, with 13 seconds left on the clock. The Thunder drive into the Memphis zone and Russell Westbrook kicks it out to Durant, who set up shop in the left corner. And then:
Late last week, the NBA posted a video of what it says are the 10 best dunks of the 20113-14 season. There are some monster jams on this last — and a few head-scratchers.
The NBA playoffs are here! We’re talking all or nothing basketball from now until June, when one team will raise that golden championship trophy. Can the Miami Heat three-peat? Or will the stumbling Indiana Pacers recover in the playoffs to wreck Miami’s plans for back-to-back-to-back titles? Who will emerge from the West, the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, or Los Angeles Clippers?
So many questions to answer before the confetti is thrown! Before the first tipoffs this weekend, SI Kids breaks down the first round postseason matchups.
As Washington jockeys for playoff positioning in the East, the Wizards got a big win over the lowly Bucks on Saturday, 104-91. But the team's postseason push took a deserved backseat to a new rookie on the roster: Amaris Jackson.
Amaris is a 10-year-old Wizards fan — and she's fighting a rare form of kidney cancer. She's gone through two months of chemotherapy and surgery, and has another operation scheduled this week to remove a lung tumor. But before the procedure, Amaris had the experience of a lifetime thanks to the Wizards and the Make-a-Wish Foundation.