Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Starting Five, 4/30/2014

Posted on Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 9:24 AM

It's "Get a Dang NUVO Day." This week? Indy's young comedians. Check it out by grabbing a copy here.

Now to business:

click to enlarge How long will it say "Los Angeles"?
  • How long will it say "Los Angeles"?

Yesterday's big development on the Punish the Creepy Old Racist front, as you've no doubt heard, was the announcement by NBA Commish Adam Silver that Clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned from the league for life and fined 2.5 million bucks (the maximum allowed under the NBA's constitution). Silver also indicated that the league would force the sale of the Clippers - apparently, he needs three-quarters of the owners to back him up.  

If you're just joining us: This was the result of a phone conversation leaked by Sterling's much-younger-than-Sterling girlfriend. 

The development had some less-than-informed folks on social media squawking about the "thought police" and the "death of the First Amendment," apparently unaware that freedom of speech doesn't protect the speaker from the consequences of his or her blather. Wise anchor Stan Lehr from WIBC summed things up.

Hold the calls please. First Amendment still there. Donald Sterling can say whatever he wants. NBA doesn't have to listen. Class Dismissed. - Stan Lehr (@WIBC_StanLehr) April 29, 2014

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar weighed in with this incredibly thoughtful piece for TIME magazine, and, along with making a series of stellar points, begged the correct question: why now? Why not years ago, when commentators like Bomani Jones were pointing out just how vile Sterling was?

click to enlarge Bomani Jones
  • Bomani Jones

In The Ed.Blog's humble opinion, the answer is pretty simple: there's a new sheriff in town, and his name ain't Stern. Adam Silver understands how firestorms act when they're fueled by Twitter, and he knew he had to act swiftly and decisively before this garbage stained his league in a manner that might've taken years to scrub clean.

Odds are good that Sterling won't go quietly - this guy's been litigious as hell, and he'll drag the league to court and try to spin the proceedings out indefinitely. That's why the NBA should listen to the owner of the Rockets and allow players to jump the Clipper ship at will as long as Sterling's name is on the deed; then Silver and company can bleed value from this franchise. If Sterling's pig-headed enough, Fort Wayne might be able to afford an NBA squad again. (Okay, that's a stretch.) The Pacers showed their unity with the Clippers by mimicking the Clipper website.

click to enlarge Sterling.
  • Sterling.

And finally -  SRIRACHA COCKTAILS? Sign me up.

click to enlarge The Elixir of Life
  • The Elixir of Life


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