Oh Donald!!! How Could You Be So Ignorant?

Los Angeles Clippers owner Sterling puts his hand over his face in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los AngelesThis story just gets better. So now V. Stiviano (“V”)  is writing a book! More than ever, I’m truly convinced that Donald Sterling (“Sterling”) was set up. V is currently being sued by Sterling’s estranged wife for over $1 million (lawsuit). Sterling’s wife claims V seduced/convinced Sterling into buying her lavish gifts bought with community funds. Could this be the reason she leaked the tape? Did she need money to pay Sterling’s wife back?

PLEASE DO NOT GET ME WRONG! I’m NOT defending the man by any means but that phone conversation was definitely scripted. V was definitely fishing for answers & set him up with the way she was questioning him. She is laughing all the way to the bank, it was too easy. I feel that she needs to be held accountable for her actions just as much as Sterling should.

Yes, Sterling is a racist MFKR but he isn’t the first white man to hate black or brown folks. What sickens me most is that ALL OF THE SUDDEN racism has been trending on every damn social media site/news station due to Sterling…how about we focus on the bigger picture…RACISM HAS AND ALWAYS WILL BE AN ISSUE!

Let’s be honest for a moment. If it was a black/brown person that said I HATE WHITE PEOPLE this wouldn’t be such a big deal…this country is ass backwards. What is most upsetting is that this society makes it OK for people to hate “the white man”! There is no skeptical about that shit, but let a white man say he hates US & all hell breaks loose!

Prime example the owner, CHIVAS USA, fired two coaches because they weren’t Latino. They were fired for being white & not speaking Spanish. I don’t recall a HUGE skeptical over this lawsuit (it was a buzz for about 5 mins), do you? My point exactly! Check out the article…it’s completely insane! In my opinion LATINOS are some of the most racist people in the world, yea I said that SHIT! I can say it because I am Latina & I am raising a half black child. My OWN people look at me with disgust when they see me with my son, as if I stole candy from their kids or something.

It is extremely saddening that Sterling has such strong hate towards the Black & Hispanic/Latino races due to the Jewish history. The HOLOCAUST was the mass murder or genocide of approximately six million Jews during World War II, a program of systematic state-sponsored murder by Nazi Germany, led by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party, throughout the German Reich and German-occupied territories.

Of the nine million Jews who had resided in Europe before the Holocaust, approximately two-thirds were killed. Over one million Jewish children were killed in the Holocaust, as were approximately two million Jewish women and three million Jewish men. A network of over 40,000 facilities in Germany and German-occupied territory were used to concentrate, hold, and kill Jews and other victims.

Again I am NOT defending Sterling whatsoever, so let’s not misconstrue my words…I am simply voicing my opinion. As a Latina, I am offended by Sterling’s words but we have been hated/discriminated against forever. It’s an uphill battle for colored folks on a daily basis, especially Black & Hispanic/Latinos because we are constantly stereo-typed. Then again so are white people, they are looked at as slave traders, unethical, dirty white trash, bigots etc…I can admit I have said a racial slur such as “Fuck that white bitch” or “I hate white bitches”…I know damn well you have too (maybe not those exact words, but you know what I mean)! Does this make me a racist no, it just makes me imperfect.

I do NOT harness any hatred in my heart toward any individual, simply because we are ALL children of GOD. If GOD can forgive heinous acts of man, why can’t we as a country? We can’t we build each other instead of knocking each other down?

LA Clippers FINALLY Get Chris Paul!!!

LA Times reports — The Clippers pulled off the biggest trade in franchise history, acquiring New Orleans Hornets four-time All-Star point guard Chris Paul in a blockbuster deal that took many twists and turns before coming to fruition Wednesday.

The Clippers sent guard Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman and his expiring $12.7-million contract to the Hornets, along with second-year forward Al-Farouq Aminu and the 2012 unprotected first-round draft pick the Clippers acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2005.

The Clippers also get two 2015 second-round draft picks from the Hornets.

After a Lakers deal for Paul was killed twice by the NBA last week, much had been made about the Clippers’ unwillingness to put Gordon in the deal, about the NBA hijacking the process from New Orleans General Manager Dell Demps and about the league’s high asking price.

The Clippers balked at a deal last week and pulled out of negotiations again Monday morning after another round of talks with the NBA on Sunday night.

The NBA initiated talks again with the Clippers on Tuesday afternoon, and those seemed to go nowhere as well.

Each time, the reports were that the NBA wanted Gordon and the first-round pick — which is expected to be very high — and that the Clippers viewed that as too much. In the end, the Clippers sent both to the Hornets.

But the Clippers didn’t trade second-year point guard Eric Bledsoe, whose name also had been mentioned in the talks.

The Clippers said they will have a news conference Thursday with Paul, Coach Vinny Del Negro and Neil Olshey, the team’s vice president of basketball operations, at the team’s training facility in Playa Vista. The deal already has sent reverberations throughout the NBA.

“I think that the Clippers are finally relevant,” former Phoenix Suns general manager Steve Kerr, an NBA analyst for TNT, said Wednesday night in a telephone interview on NBA TV. “Man, it looks like the Clippers are actually poised to kind of take over that town. [Paul] is the guy that’s going to take them to the next step.”

Paul, 26, due to earn $16.3 million this season, informed the Clippers that he will pick up his option for the 2012-13 season at $17.7 million.

That means he will play alongside Clippers All-Star Blake Griffin for at least two seasons. The hope inside the Clippers’ front office is that Paul will want to sign a long-term extension.

“The Clippers are going to be nice,” Shaquille O’Neal, the former Laker who now works as a studio analyst for TNT, said in a phone interview Wednesday.

“They’ve got Chris Paul, Caron [Butler], my man Blake Griffin. They’ve got the potential to do some damage in the playoffs, especially with the shortened 66-game season. I can’t wait to watch them play.”

The addition of Paul gives the Clippers a crowded backcourt of point guards. They have Mo Williams, whom they acquired last season for Baron Davis.

New Jersey Nets Are Chasing Dwight Howard

The New Jersey Nets have entered into serious talks with the Orlando Magic on a multi-team trade scenario that would bring Dwight Howard to the Nets, according to sources close to the process.

Sources told ESPN.com that the most active proposal discussed by the teams would make Portland Trail Blazers swingman Gerald Wallace and Nets center Brook Lopez two of the main pieces Orlando would receive in exchange for Howard.

As part of such a trade, which could be expanded to include a fourth team, sources say Orlando also would shed the long-term contracts of Hedo Turkoglu and Chris Duhon — both would be absorbed by the Nets — while also potentially receiving future draft considerations.

Other players would have to be added to the deal to make the salary-cap math work, but sources said Portland would receive multiple first-round picks as part of the exchange for surrendering Wallace and facilitating the trade.

Yet it remains to be seen if the Brooklyn-bound Nets can convince the Magic to indeed go through with trading Howard before the season starts. Earlier this week, one source familiar with the Magic’s thinking insisted to ESPN.com that they were not yet prepared to trade Howard, clinging to the hope that he can be talked into staying.

Howard himself is known for changing his views on the matter on a near-daily basis, torn by his desire to move to a more glamorous market such as Brooklyn or Los Angeles, and the prospect of staying with the team that drafted him and delivering the championship to Orlando that Shaquille O’Neal could not.

One source said the Nets were moving “aggressively” in their pursuit of Howard after Nene — New Jersey’s top free-agent target — agreed to terms Tuesday night on a five-year, $67 million deal to return to the Denver Nuggets.

The Nets also know they likely have to fend off the Lakers, who have long been linked with a possible trade for Howard with an offer built around young center Andrew Bynum.

But there also is a sense around the league that the Lakers’ re-emergence in the Chris Paul sweepstakes could signify the Lakers’ belief the Nets are in the lead for Howard.

It’s believed that a deal for Howard ultimately will force the Nets to not only release forward Travis Outlaw through the amnesty clause, provided by the league’s new collective bargaining agreement, but also to renounce the rights to free-agent power forward Kris Humphries.

The question remains: How fast is Orlando willing to move when it comes to surrendering Howard, who can become a free agent in July 2012 along with Paul and Nets star guard Deron Williams.

New Magic CEO Alex Martins met with Howard Monday at Amway Center. Afterward, Howard sounded as if he’d softened on the possibility of staying in Orlando — as long as there are some changes.

“I love this city, there is no place I’d rather be but Orlando,” Howard said. “I just want to make sure we have the right things here so we can win a championship. I’m all about change. If you’re willing to change and you’re willing to do what it takes to win then, you know, you got me.”

Martins, promoted to CEO just last week after the surprising resignation of Bob Vander Weide, has insisted publicly that the franchise believes it can keep Howard and convince him to extend his contract. But the Nets have been targeting Howard for months, convinced that re-signing Williams can be assured next summer if they can complete an in-season deal for Howard.

“I’m an optimist,” Martins said Monday. “I am confident that we can work with Dwight and convince him to stay here long term.”

Days earlier, Orlando announced that it would allow Howard to speak with the Lakers, Nets and Dallas Mavericks about a trade. On Tuesday, ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard reported that the Lakers, Nets, Mavericks and Magic are the only four teams Howard is willing to commit to long-term.

Marc Stein and Chad Ford cover the NBA for ESPN.com. Information from ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst was used in this report.

Clippers Are Close To Closing A Deal For Chris Paul With Hornets

LA Times reports — The Clippers and the New Orleans Hornets were working vigorously Sunday night to consummate a blockbuster deal that would send All-Star point guard Chris Paul to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers’ cross-town rivals, said two people with knowledge of the situation who were not authorized to speak on the matter.

The deal hasn’t been completed, but both sides were in the closing stages of the negotiations.

The Clippers would send the Hornets center Chris Kaman, backup second-year guard Eric Bledsoe, second-year forward Al-Farouq Aminu and the No. 1 draft pick they got from the Minnesota Timberwolves that is unprotected in the 2012 draft, considered to be one of the best in recent years.

Clippers owner Donald Sterling and the NBA have to sign off on the deal. A package from the Lakers for Paul was turned down by the league.The NBA will probably review the Clippers deal Monday. What may actually help the Clippers get the deal done are the young players involved and a potential top-flight draft pick.

When the Clippers and Hornets talked about a deal involving Paul last week, New Orleans had expressed interest in Eric Gordon. However, the Clippers didn’t want to part with the 6-foot-3 guard who turns 23 on Christmas Day, because they consider him one of the NBA’s top-five shooting guards.

He is not part of the deal that is currently being discussed. Bledsoe just turned 22, but he will be out until late January recovering from surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee.

Aminu is 21 and Kaman is 29, but he’s also in the final year of a contract that pays him $12.7 million, which makes him appealing. The Clippers are aware that Paul, who will earn $16 million this season, can opt out of his contract this summer that pays him $17 million for the 2012-13 season.

The Clippers would love for Paul to sign an extension with them so they don’t have him for just one season. If he doesn’t agree to the extension, they hope he will pick up his option for next season. Paul was involved in a trade to send him to the Lakers for Lamar Odom that involved three teams that was ultimately blocked by the NBA on Thursday.

It was a deal that would have sent Pau Gasol to the Houston Rockets, who in turn would have sent three players and a draft pick to the Hornets. But the NBA killed that deal Thursday, opening the door for the Clippers to step back in.

Paul had called the NBA players’ union and threatened legal action against the league for stopping the deal. Paul is considered one of the top point guards in the NBA and the idea of putting him together with Clippers All-Star Blake Griffin would be hard for the Clippers to pass up.

Paul has averaged 18.7 points and 9.9 assists a game over his six-year career. Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro was asked about Paul earlier Sunday at the team’s first of two practice sessions. Del Negro never mentioned Paul’s name and didn’t talk about what it might take to get the All-Star guard to the Clippers

“We’re always looking to improve our team and if there’s an opportunity there, we’re going to sit down and we’re going to listen,” Del Negro said after Sunday’s practice. “But I’m pleased with the guys that we have here now. We’ll make our adjustments as we see fit. If there are opportunities, we’re going to take a look at them.”

Jordan offer — The Clippers finally got the offer sheet Sunday afternoon that restricted free-agent center DeAndre Jordan signed with the Golden State Warriors for four years and $43 million. The Clippers, who plan on matching the offer sheet or risk losing the 6-foot-11 Jordan, have three days to make a decision.

Pau Gasol Is Ready To Get Back To Work!!!

You already know, being from LA I have to represent for the LAKERS!!!

LA Times reports — Pau Gasol, who struggled in the Lakers’ disappointing playoff run last season, says ‘this team is eager to come back and prove itself.’ <<<< chea BABY, that’s right we taking it this YEAR!!! 

Pau Gasol met with Lakers coaches at the team’s training facility Wednesday, a precursor to the expected vote on the new collective bargaining agreement Thursday and the start of training camp Friday.

Ready, set, go?

Given how things unraveled for the Lakers last season in the playoffs, there remained a possibility that their All-Star forward would have to start fresh with another team.

“I guess after the way the season ended last year, it’s kind of expected,” Gasol said of hearing his name in trade rumors. “I’m looking forward to getting back on the floor and playing hard, playing my best, and I’m sure after that my name won’t be brought up.”

No one symbolized the Lakers’ playoff struggles more than Gasol, whose productivity dipped significantly during a postseason run that ended well short of the NBA Finals. Gasol said he reflected on his play during a more rewarding summer that included a title in the European Championships with Spain’s national team.

“You analyze what happened during, before and after and you take your conclusions and try to learn from all that,” Gasol said of his performance in the playoffs, when he averaged 13.1 points and shot 42%. “So you’re ready for that and hopefully from your individual point of view you’re able to be and perform at a different level.”

Even if the Lakers were unable to attract superstars Dwight Howard or Chris Paul via trade and their roster remained largely intact from last season, Gasol said, “We’re completely fine with that and we’ll go to war with the team that we end up having.”

The Lakers probably will not have Andrew Bynum for the first five games of the season pending the outcome of an appeal the center has filed in an attempt to reduce his league-imposed suspension for committing a flagrant foul on Dallas guard Jose Barea in the final game of last season’s Western Conference semifinals.

Bynum has not been told by the NBA whether his suspension might be reduced during a season that will be 19.5% shorter than usual. It’s been low on the priority list for obvious reasons, with the players and owners still hammering out the labor deal.

Bynum, who averaged 11.3 points and 9.4 rebounds last season, is scheduled to return to game action Jan. 1 at Denver.

Shouldering an extra workload when Bynum is sidelined is nothing new for Gasol, whose minutes experienced an uptick during the first 24 games of last season while Bynum was rehabbing a knee injury.

Of course, the Lakers didn’t have to open that season with back-to-back-to-back games. “It’s a tough way to start,” Gasol conceded, “but it’s going to set the tone. It will be a good test for us to see how we’re able to start and how is the team going to do from the get-go.”

Gasol said he had not seen the proposal for the labor deal that players were scheduled to vote on Thursday. “Everybody just takes for granted that everything is cool and we move forward, which everybody wants,” Gasol said, “but it’s funny there’s no specific information about it.”

Gasol indicated he didn’t think there was a chance the proposed agreement would be struck down, saying, “At this point everybody’s just ready to move on and accept really pretty much what’s on the table.”

The same could be true of the Lakers’ core, if it remains together. “I think this team is eager to come back and prove itself,” Gasol said. “It’s not like I spoke to every teammate, but that’s my sense.”

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