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?

2012 NBA Playoffs Schedule

2012 Playoffs Schedule

WESTERN CONFERENCE – FIRST ROUND *courtesy of NBA.COM*

San Antonio vs. Utah

Game 1 – Sun. April 29, Utah at San Antonio, 1 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 2 – Wed. May 2, Utah at San Antonio, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 3 – Sat. May 5, San Antonio at Utah, 10 p.m., TNT
Game 4 – Mon. May 7, San Antonio at Utah, TBD
Game 5 * Wed. May 9, Utah at San Antonio, TBD
Game 6 * Fri. May 11, San Antonio at Utah, TBD
Game 7 * Sun. May 13, Utah at San Antonio, TBD
SERIES HUB

Oklahoma City vs. Dallas

Game 1 – Sat. April 28, Dallas at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 2 – Mon. April 30, Dallas at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m., TNT
Game 3 – Thu. May 3, Oklahoma City at Dallas, 9:30 p.m., TNT
Game 4 – Sat. May 5, Oklahoma City at Dallas, 7:30 p.m., TNT/R
Game 5 * Mon. May 7, Dallas at Oklahoma City, TBD
Game 6 * Thu. May 10, Oklahoma City at Dallas, TBD
Game 7 * Sat. May 12, Dallas at Oklahoma City ,TBD, TNT
SERIES HUB

L.A. Lakers vs. Denver

Game 1 – Sun. April 29, Denver at L.A. Lakers, 3:30 p.m., ABC/R
Game 2 – Tue. May 1, Denver at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m., TNT
Game 3 – Fri May 4, L.A. Lakers at Denver, 10:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 4 – Sun. May 6, L.A. Lakers at Denver, 9:30 p.m., TNT
Game 5 * Tue. May 8, Denver at L.A. Lakers, TBD
Game 6 * Thu. May 10, L.A. Lakers at Denver, TBD
Game 7 * Sat. May 12, Denver at L.A. Lakers, TBD, TNT
SERIES HUB

Memphis vs. L.A. Clippers

Game 1 – Sun. April 29, L.A. Clippers at Memphis, 9:30 p.m., TNT
Game 2 – Wed. May 2, L.A. Clippers at Memphis, 9:30 p.m., TNT
Game 3 – Sat. May 5, Memphis at L.A. Clippers, 4:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 4 – Mon. May 7, Memphis at L.A. Clippers, TBD
Game 5 * Wed. May 9, L.A. Clippers at Memphis, TBD
Game 6 * Fri. May 11, Memphis at L.A. Clippers, TBD
Game 7 * Sun. May 13, L.A. Clippers at Memphis, TBD
SERIES HUB

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EASTERN CONFERENCE – FIRST ROUND

Chicago vs. Philadelphia

Game 1 – Sat. April 28, Philadelphia at Chicago, 1 p.m., TNT
Game 2 – Tue. May 1, Philadelphia at Chicago, 8 p.m., TNT
Game 3 – Fri. May 4, Chicago at Philadelphia, 8 p.m., ESPN
Game 4 – Sun. May 6, Chicago at Philadelphia, 1 p.m., ABC
Game 5 * Tue. May 8, Philadelphia at Chicago, TBD
Game 6 * Thu. May 10, Chicago at Philadelphia, TBD
Game 7 * Sat. May 12, Philadelphia at Chicago, TBD, TNT
SERIES HUB

Miami vs. New York

Game 1 – Sat. April 28, New York at Miami, 3:30 p.m., ABC/R
Game 2 – Mon. April 30, New York at Miami, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 3 – Thu. May 3, Miami at New York, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 4 – Sun. May 6, Miami at New York, 3:30 p.m., ABC/R
Game 5 * Wed. May 9, New York at Miami, TBD
Game 6 * Fri. May 11, Miami at New York, TBD
Game 7 * Sun. May 13, New York at Miami, TBD
SERIES HUB

Indiana vs. Orlando

Game 1 – Sat. April 28, Orlando at Indiana, 7 p.m., ESPN
Game 2 – Mon. April 30, Orlando at Indiana, 7:30 p.m., NBA TV
Game 3 – Wed. May 2, Indiana at Orlando, 7:30 p.m., NBA TV
Game 4 – Sat. May 5, Indiana at Orlando, 2 p.m., ESPN
Game 5 * Tue. May 8, Orlando at Indiana, TBD
Game 6 * Fri. May 11, Indiana at Orlando, TBD
Game 7 * Sun. May 13, Orlando at Indiana, TBD
SERIES HUB

Boston vs. Atlanta

Game 1 – Sun. April 29, Boston at Atlanta, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 2 – Tue. May 1, Boston at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m., NBA TV
Game 3 – Fri. May 4, Atlanta at Boston, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2
Game 4 – Sun May 6, Atlanta at Boston, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 5 * Tue. May 8, Boston at Atlanta, TBD
Game 6 * Thu. May 10, Atlanta at Boston, TBD
Game 7 * Sat. May 12, Boston at Atlanta, TBD, TNT
SERIES HUB

DAAAAMMMMMMN

 

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.

Update NBA Lockout: Owners, Players Focus On Fixing System Issues

LA Times reports — The fatigue wore on their faces, but it hardly masked their enthusiasm.

NBA Commissioner David Stern smiled as he struggled recalling what day it was after wrapping up a 15-hour negotiating meeting early Thursday morning.

NBA Players Assn. executive director Billy Hunter smiled as he joked that players union vice president Maurice Evans should answer questions for him.

NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver smiled when Stern needled him for “allowing all hell to break loose” when he missed last week’s contentious meeting because of flu symptoms.

National Basketball Players Assn. President Derek Fisher smiled when he acknowledged what he called a “slim” possibility both sides could salvage a full, albeit delayed 82-game season should they reach a deal by this weekend.

The reason for such a sudden mood change less than a week after talks broke off points to one simple reason: After reaching a stalemate on how to divide the basketball-related income, both sides instead talked about system issues. Neither side would quantify the exact progress. Stern still acknowledged the likelihood the league will scrap the games played in the last two weeks of the season. And he said, “There’s no deal on anything, unless there’s a deal on everything.” 

But the talks proved at least productive enough for another meeting to take place in New York at 2 p.m. EDT, with some optimism that Thursday’s meeting will bring both sides closer to a deal.

That a 15-hour-long meeting resulting in only undefined progress on system issues would bear such optimism surely reflects on slowly the lockout has proceeded. But it also shows owners and players recognize that they were better served focusing on that area rather than on the basketball-related income.

After all, that issue caused last week’s talks to end abruptly. The players union dropped their percentage from 53% to 52.5%, and even considered a bandwidth between 50%-53% depending on how much revenue the league accumulates. But Silver and San Antonio Spurs owner Peter Holt accused the players union of refusing to continue discussions unless they met their basketball-related income demands. Likewise, Hunter and Fisher accused the owners refusing to budge on a 50-50 split.

“If we had any hope of trying to recapture the lost games, we had to get back in and talk,” Hunter told reporters. “So we parked the [basketball-related income] and talked about the system.”

It’s possible meetings will go sour as soon as both sides return to that issue. But for now, the strategy shift at least has ensured more meetings, more agreements and more possibilities of brokering a deal.

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