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Date archive for: April 2014

Mike D’Antoni Resigns as Lakers Head Coach – The Dream is Dead

The dream that was #ExtendDAntoni is no more as the Lakers announced today that Mike D’Antoni would be stepping down as head coach.

Although there is no timetable set, the search for a new head coach will begin immediately.

Lakers fans everywhere rejoiced at the news of the Moustachioed Mofolio, as he was affectionately known to me, but no one was as elated as one of the most famous Lakers figures in town, Magic Johnson:

What a week Magic has had – from being embroiled in a nationally covered scandal that led to the demise of an NBA owner, to receiving an apology directly from the commissioner of the NBA, to unofficially throwing his hate into the ring of suitors for a potential Clippers buyout, and now this.

I guess we should all be a little thankful that the Lakers organization “graciously” waited until the day after the Clippers had their time in the sun to make this announcement. Already it feels like the whole Donald Sterling thing happened in ancient times – THAT is the cachet of the Lakers brand.

Adam Silver Drops the Hammer on Donald Sterling

“Effectively immediately, I am banning Mr. Sterling for life.”

– Adam Silver

After a tumultuous weekend of emotions stemming from talons of bigotry, Adam Silver, successor to David Stern as NBA Commissioner, stepped up to the podium and delivered the words we so desperately needed to hear.

Words that hopefully will be followed by actions, but words nonetheless that allowed us to breathe a sigh of relief instead of a gasp of disappointment as we are so accustomed to doing when it comes to matters of social justice.

Being a pessimist by nature, especially when it comes to such sensitive issues that have economic ramifications, I expected Silver to levy a punishment not commensurate with the level of hatred expressed on the tapes released by TMZ, attributed to one Donald Sterling.

Instead, what I heard was something akin to Daenerys Targaryen’s “I will answer injustice with justice.”

Thus begin the healing process for the Clippers players who were unfortunately trapped at the eye of the hurricane, as well as the entire sporting community at large.

The results of the NBA’s investigation into the purported Donald Sterling tapes came back positive in the most reprehensible of ways. Adam Silver called the views “offensive and harmful” and apologized for the remainder of the horrendous commentary stemming from one of the NBA’s own.

As a result of these findings, Sterling was fined the maximum amount of money allowed by the NBA constitution – $2.5 million. Donald Sterling was also barred from participating in any team or league activity, and banned for life from Clippers related activities.

Commissioner Silver will move forward with the nuclear option of removing Sterling as an owner of an NBA franchise – a move that requires at least two-thirds support from the remaining 29 owners and one that Silver expects to be successfully executed.

Complete press conference video:

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