Posts Tagged ‘David Stern’

wbcNBABy now the whole world knows that NBA player, Jason Collins, has come out of the closet. His announcement has been met with mostly positive comments. It has appeared that America has turned a very important corner in tolerance and acceptance. Of course, you knew it couldn’t last long.

Enter the Westboro Baptist Church. You know them, they’re the “God Hates Fags” people. And they really do not like Jason Collins or the NBA, for that matter.

They have decided that since the NBA is now rampant with homosexuals the are going to protest the playoff games of the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets and The Chicago Bulls vs. New Jersey Nets. Here is their tweet announcing a new sign made especially for the NBA:

I’m not sure why they have to pick on poor Kevin Durant but I guess they really don’t need a reason. It should be pointed out that this “church” is basically made up of the family of the Reverend Fred Phelps (no relation to Michael Phelps). So it is kind of hard to take them seriously. But they do seem to get a hell of a lot of media coverage. I guess I’m guilty of enabling them, too.

They may hate Jason Collins, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and David Stern but there is one sports personality they like; Chris Broussard:

This is probably not the endorsement that Broussard wanted but I guess you have to take what you can get.

Oklahoma City and Chicago better get ready for an onslaught of literally 8-10 protesters descending on the arenas.

NBA players have STILL not learned that they can’t call refs or fans “fags.” And I’m not sure they ever will. (And yes, I’m actually using the word fag. I don’t censor. I think it’s important to use the words we’re talking about. I’ve done it before and I will continue to do it.)

This latest incident came to light when deadspin.com published tweets allegedly from Amare Stoudemire to a fan where he drops an F-Bomb on the fan.

Reportedly, the NBA is looking into this matter and I fully expect Amare to be fined just like Kobe Bryant and Jokim Noah were when they used the same slur.

I know a lot of people out there don’t think it’s a big deal for someone to use the word fag in a derogatory fashion. But it is a big deal. The NBA has a whole campaign that is against using homophobic slurs. And if it’s a big deal to the NBA you better believe David Stern is going to make sure it’s a big deal to the players.

So how did all this start?

Apparently the Knicks fan was trolling Amare and sent him this tweet; “you better come back a lot stronger and quicker to make up for this past season mannnnnn deadasss!!!” Now when it comes to nasty tweets sent to pro athletes, that’s pretty tame. Los Angeles Lakers’ Steve Blake and his family got death threats after he missed a game winning shot against the Oklahoma City Thunder in this year’s playoffs. Now that’s harsh.

So, it’s surprising to me that Amare would respond the way he did. I’m sure he received worse tweets when he put his hand through a piece of glass and sliced his hand open during the series versus the Miami Heat.

Maybe he was just having a bad day. Who knows? But he, and all other players, have to know that the NBA will not tolerate this kind of language.

To his credit, Amare did apologize. But it may be too little, too late. It’s going to be interesting to see how the league responds.

After the Los Angeles Lakers got eliminated from this season’s NBA playoffs by the Oklahoma City Thunder many fans, and media, were calling for Coach Mike Brown’s head. That’s nothing new, they have wanted him to be fired all season.

But I’m here to tell you that he deserves another chance. You can’t just get rid of him. Yet.

And here’s why:

1. He’s the new guy. Mike Brown came in with a whole new system this season. Jim Buss made sure that all traces of The Triangle offense were gone. Brown had to bring in a whole mew system and the players weren’t too receptive. They even tried a mutiny and tried to bring The Triangle back. When the Mike Brown System was given a chance it worked. Every time the Lakers went inside to Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum first, good things happened.

2. The Lockout. Mike Brown didn’t have a chance to introduce his system properly because of the lockout. He had to teach it to the players on the fly. Its like trying to change the tires on a NASCAR car while it’s still running on the track. With a proper training camp Brown will be able to teach his system the right way.

3. David Stern. If the trade of Gasol and Lamar Odom for Chris Paul and others had gone through the Lakers would be in he Western Conference Finals instead of being home. That non-trade sent the whole Lakers season into chaos. Just think about what might have been.

4. The Players. The Laker players never really bought in to Mike Brown’s system. Kobe Bryant was very cool to Brown early in the season. Andrew Bynum acted like a petulant little child most of the season and Gasol moped through the playoffs. Brown is going to have to win the players over if he wants to succeed. I think he can do it.

5. Kobe Bryant. I know this is a touchy subject because everybody flies off the handle whenever I criticize Kobe but he set the tone for the whole season when he refused to call Brown after he was hired. Kobe is the leader of this team and the other players will follow him. If Kobe makes nice with Brown, so will everyone else.

So there you have it, Mike Brown deserves another chance for all the above reasons. If the Lakers don’t win a title next year, then you can fire him.