Charles Barkley rips Magic Johnson for celebrating Mike D’Antoni resignation

Magic JohnsonWhen Magic Johnson sent a celebratory tweet after Mike D’Antoni announced he is resigning from his position as Los Angeles Lakers head coach on Wednesday, most of us felt the same way. D’Antoni wasn’t exactly put in a position to succeed, so it was kind of cruel for Magic to dance on his grave like that. Charles Barkley alluded to that on “Inside the NBA” Wednesday night.

“Magic Johnson’s bigger than that. Magic Johnson’s bigger than that,” Barkley said, via For the Win. “Listen, Mike D’Antoni is a good coach. They didn’t give him a lot to work with. But Magic Johnson, he’s bigger than that.”

Magic has been unhappy with the state of the Lakers for quite some time now. He has expressed disappointment with Jim Buss, blamed D’Antoni and blamed the players. But it’s not D’Antoni’s fault that Kobe Bryant has suffered two serious injuries that ended back-to-back seasons. Barkley pointed that out while talking to co-host Ernie Johnson.

“The Lakers weren’t going to win with Phil Jackson, either, Ernie,” Barkley added. They don’t have good players. … We know Phil Jackson’s arguably the greatest coach ever. The Lakers don’t have players, Ernie. They’re not a good team. Kobe Bryant is one of the 10 greatest players ever. He’s never going to be what he was. They don’t have good players. I’m not sure if Phil Jackson really wanted that job. The Lakers stink, and they’re going to stink.”

I agree. D’Antoni obviously hasn’t utilized Pau Gasol to the best of his abilities, but you can’t make chicken salad out of chicken s—. Magic didn’t need to kick him while he was down.

Magic Johnson dances on the Mike D’Antoni grave

Magic JohnsonKick a man while he’s down, why don’t you, Magic Johnson.

It was no secret that Magic was not happy with the Lakers. He’s expressed his disappointment with Jim Buss, Mike D’Antoni, and the franchise as a whole over the past few years.

But when the Lakers announced Wednesday that D’Antoni resigned as head coach, nobody celebrated harder than Magic, who sent this tweet:


Jameis Winston reportedly given citation for stealing crab legs

Jameis WinstonJameis Winston was reportedly issued a citation on Tuesday for trying to steal crab legs from a Publix supermarket in Florida. According to Tomahawk Nation, Tallahassee Police cited Winston for shoplifting and he was not arrested.

“He got an adult civil citation,” a Tallahassee Police source told the SB Nation site. “If he completes the sanctions it will never show up on his record. They commonly give them to juveniles on first criminal offenses. They are now doing it for minor misdemeanors for adults to lower crime rate”

Arrested or not, this obviously isn’t good for the star quarterback’s image. We all know about the sexual assault accusations that were hurled against Winston last year.

Earlier this month, the New York Times released a lengthy report detailing how incompetent the Tallahassee Police Department was in investigating the Winston case. We also learned that a second woman “sought counseling” at one point after an alleged sexual encounter with Winston.

Crab legs from a supermarket? Come on, man. Given the fact that the NCAA just passed a rule that allows student athletes to enjoy unlimited snacks and meals, this makes even less sense. Winston really needs to get it together.

Donald Sterling banned from NBA for life; league will try to force him out

Donald SterlingDonald Sterling has been banned from the NBA for life.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced on Tuesday that Sterling will no longer be allowed to attend any events pertaining to the NBA or the Los Angeles Clippers. He has also been fined $2.5 million, which is the maximum amount allowed by the league.

Perhaps more importantly, Silver also announced that the process of trying to force Sterling out of the NBA altogether will begin “immediately.” The league’s owners have the power to remove Sterling from his position as owner of the Clippers with 75% of the vote. Silver said he will urge the Board of Governors to force the sale of the team and “do everything in my power” to assure that happens.

Silver said that Sterling confirmed to him that it was indeed his voice on the audio recordings.

A previous report from TMZ indicated that Sterling would be suspended indefinitely and fined $5 million.

Report: Doc Rivers will ‘never return’ to coach under Donald Sterling

Doc-Rivers-cries-return-to-BostonDoc Rivers has kept his future plans vague since the Donald Sterling audio recording first surfaced last week. Considering Rivers probably has no idea what he is going to decide when the Los Angeles Clippers’ season comes to an end, that makes sense. But according to one report, he has already decided he will not return to LA next season if Sterling is still in charge.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, sources told Yahoo Sports that Rivers “will never return as president and coach under Sterling” next year. And if Rivers leaves town, that will likely start a trickle-down effect where several top players demand to be let out of their contracts or traded. Simply put, the worst is yet to come.

On Tuesday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver will announce the league’s findings and what the future holds for Sterling and the Clippers franchise. Wojnarowski says Silver has been studying a “nuclear option” which would allow him to summon a vote of league owners to force Sterling out.

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Clippers players may make ‘bigger statement’ against Donald Sterling for Game 5

donald-sterlingThe Los Angeles Clippers chose not to make excuses after they were overpowered by the Golden State Warriors on Sunday, but they certainly looked like a distracted team. With the series now tied 2-2, you have to wonder if Doc Rivers’ team will be more or less focused for Game 5 at home on Tuesday night.

Game 4 was obviously about more than just basketball. The Clippers showed that when they ceremoniously piled their warmup jackets at center court and turned their warmup shirts inside out before the game. The players also wore black armbands and socks to send an obvious message. According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the message could be even louder during Game 5.

The Clippers players are contemplating making a bigger statement during Game 5 of the series against the Warriors on Tuesday in Los Angeles, a source told Yahoo Sports. The source said the players needed more time to decide what they wanted to do and would prefer a stronger statement on their home floor at Staples Center.

Matt Barnes and Jamal Crawford are said to have organized the protest before Game 4. By the time Tuesday night rolls around, each player in the Clippers locker room will have had more time to think about how much of a bigot their owner is. Winning a basketball game may not be their top priority, and you can certainly understand why.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk

Shelly Sterling preparing to divorce husband Donald?

Donald Shelly Sterling

Shelly and Donald Sterling were married in 1957, though they have been estranged for years. But it sounds like Shelly may be prepared to finally divorce Donald.

TMZ reports that Shelly hired prominent divorce attorney Laura Wasser several months ago to prepare the gold digger lawsuit against Donald’s girlfriend V. Stiviano. Wasser is the same lawyer who filed divorce papers on behalf of Kim Kardashian and Vanessa Bryant. TMZ says a divorce seems imminent.

Though the two have been estranged for years and don’t sit together when attending Clippers games, the final straw for Shelly supposedly came last year when their 31-year-old son, Scott, died of a drug overdose. She apparently felt like he was more concerned with Stiviano than grieving with the family.

Additionally, Shelly put out a statement that differs from what she told Lisa Salters at the Clippers-Warriors playoff game Sunday.

“Our family is devastated by the racist comments made by my estranged husband. My children and I do not share these despicable views or prejudices.”

In comments to Salters earlier in the day, Shelly said she was not sure if it was her husband’s voice on the audio recordings. I guess she’s sure now.