Celtics Release 2014-’15 Schedule

The Boston Celtics released their schedule for the 2014-’15 season on Wednesday.  The Celtics will play only one nationally televised game on January 14th at home against the Atlanta Hawks. This means the Celtics are not a premier team in the NBA.

Their lone star (Rajon Rondo) is in the final year of his contract. Their roster is filled with either players who have been disappointments (Jeff Green, Evan Turner, and Tyler Zeller) and rookies like Marcus Smart and James Young.

The Celtics schedule in November looks to be daunting. They have to travel to Houston (Rockets), Dallas (Mavericks), and Chicago Bulls. The only game where they could be favored is on the road against the Philadelphia 76ers. Then they have a six-game road trip through the Western Conference from January 19th through January 28th.

Here are some notable games for Celtics fans to look forward to.

-October 29th – The Celtics open the season versus the Brooklyn Nets at the Garden. Kevin Garnett could be back with the Nets. This might be Garnett’s final season in the NBA.

– November will be filled with home dates against the elite teams in the NBA. On November 12th, the Celtics will square off against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Two nights later, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will visit Boston. Then on November 28th, the Bulls make their first appearance at TD Garden. On the last night of November, the Celtics will face the defending champion San Antonio Spurs.

– Paul Pierce, Kris Humphries, and the Washington Wizards play in Boston on December 7th in their only visit to Boston.

– The Celtics will not play on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day. Boston sports fans will have a doubleheader with the Bruins and Celtics both playing at home on Black Friday (annual ritual except in the case of lockout) and New Year’s Eve. The Celtics will host the Bulls on Black Friday and they will see the Sacramento Kings on New Year’s Eve.

– In January, the Celtics begin their journey on the West Coast against Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers come to Boston on March 29th.

– The All-Star break is lengthy this year as the Celtics will be off from February 11th until the 20th. The Celtics last game before the All-Star break and trade deadline (February 19th) is against the Hawks at home. This could be Rondo’s final game with the Celtics among other veterans like Brandon Bass, Green, etc.

– Featured rookies: Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves will be in Boston on December 19th. The Milwaukee Bucks led by Jabari Parker play in Boston on April 3rd.

– The Celtics’ two meetings against the Los Angeles Lakers will be on December 5th (in Boston) and February 22nd (in Los Angeles).

This season appears to be another frustrating trek in the win-loss column. Though,there could be some interesting developments in the 2014-’15 season such as whether the Celtics will move Rondo and the development of Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk, Jared Sullinger, Smart, and Young. Next summer, the Celtics will have money coming off their books, but Kevin Love is not walking through that door.

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Selling Los Angeles Clippers Now Lets Other Possible Racist NBA Owners Hide

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers  has been approved by the NBA just days before the June 3 meeting of the NBA’s Board of Governors. Donald Sterling has been the object of ridicule over his racist comments the last few weeks, but he has continued to claim he has the support of his friends.

Are the friends he is referring to the owners of other professional teams? Sterling has been a documented racist for at least the last 10 years, and in that time no other NBA owners have been eager to oust Sterling from the fraternity of NBA owners until he was recorded, letting his true feelings about minorities come to the surface.

Sterling would still be running the Clippers business as usual if not for that recording, and judging from the last 33 years, it is doubtful any owner would have spoken up against him. People are entitled to feel the way they feel about any group of people, but nobody should be allowed to make billions exploiting the people they hate the most.

Sterling has been painted as a mentally ill old man who is not truly aware of what is going on around him. That is an easy way to discredit a man who had no problem running his franchise one month ago.

Owners interact with each other in many different capacities, and it is very hard to keep all racist beliefs and behaviors private at all times. Sterling was not merely tolerated as a racist for 33 years, so how deep does the rabbit hole go? It would be a public relations nightmare for any owner that would not vote to have Sterling sell his team, but the timing of the sell raises some red flags.

The Board of Governors is still scheduled to meet, but it is completely different now that it will no longer be deciding on if it should strip Sterling of his team for personal beliefs that were unknowingly recorded. If there are other owners with a plantation style of thinking, then the timing of the sale is very convenient to say the least.

Shelly Sterling spent decades married to a racist, and because of the deep bond and intimacy that marriage entails people recognize her as a racist also. It is extremely difficult to spend your life with a person that feels as strongly about minorities as Donald Sterling does without sharing some of those views.

A similar principle applies to the owners that worked with him for the last 33 years. Mark Cuban tried to bring light to the fact that we all have our own prejudices. However, most people are not in a position of power that allows them to profit off the people they despise the most.

The public wants to know if there are other owners that fancy themselves plantation owners giving “poor black boys from the South” everything they have. Unfortunately, now we may never know.

 

Los Angeles Clippers Sell For $2 Billion; Time To Move On From Donald Sterling

After all kinds of chatter over the past couple of weeks, the news many people have been waiting for is finally here — the Los Angeles Clippers have sold.

Ding dong, the Donald Sterling era is dead.

Now that the team has sold, can we finally move on from Sterling? He’s been in the news constantly since his racist remarks were made public and now that there’s no reason for him to be in the news — everyone should make a point to never mention him again.

There’s no place in today’s world for people like Donald Sterling. He doesn’t care about anyone but himself and now he can spend all the time he wants with other ugly people like V. Stiviano. Take your billions, Mr. Sterling, and get the heck out of the public eye…

As for the Clippers, what a great day this has to be for the team and the rest of the organization. No longer is there an evil boss in charge. It’s a new era for a team that’s on the rise in a big way.

Players no longer have to think about working for a piece of crap, and fans don’t have to worry about the possibility of the players boycotting next season. Everybody wins.

If you hear someone talking about Donald Sterling from this point on — tell them to stop. That jerk doesn’t deserve any more attention.

NBA Bans Donald Sterling For Life

The sports world is already talking about Donald Sterling. Just three days after racist comments from the Los Angeles Clippers owner were released to the world via TMZ, he would have to face the music.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced Tuesday that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been suspended for life from the Los Angeles Clippers and the NBA. He may not attend games, practices, or Clippers facilities. He may also not attend Board of Governors meetings. Sterling is fined an amount of $2.5 million, which will be donated to organizations promoting anti-discrimination. Silver will urge the Board of Governors to force a sale of the team.

This whole incident has been a great first test for Commissioner Adam Silver. Just a couple months into his tenure he’s been pushed in a big way. We’ve never really seen anything quite like this before in any sports league. It was a unique and terrible situation that had to be dealt with in a serious manner.

Sterling has no place in the NBA or really any place as a public figure. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but his thoughts on African Americans don’t belong in the game of basketball. It’s time for Sterling to take his billions and ride off into the California sunset. Get out, no one wants you around and don’t let the door hit you in the backside on your way out.

As for the Clippers, they’ll try to get themselves together for tonight’s crucial game five. You know this ordeal has been a distraction on some level and I just hope the players can band together in the playoffs and not let Sterling bring them down.

If the Clippers can weather the storm in this opening round series I like their chances moving forward. But a game five defeat would be very bad, especially with one more trip to the Bay Area looming.

Either way, at least the franchise can start to move on from Sterling.

What should the NBA do about Donald Sterling?

Donald Sterling has cemented his place as one of the biggest scumbags in sports history. He already didn’t have the greatest of reputations before the leaking of his horribly racist comments — and now his reputation will be in the trash where it belongs.

Unfortunately he’s drug Magic Johnson into this whole ordeal as well. Not only did he just generally blast African Americans, he named names. He named names in a city that loves Magic Johnson.”It bothers me a lot that you (his girlfriend) want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?” “Don’t put him (Magic) on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don’t bring him to my games,” Sterling said in an audio recording obtained by TMZ.

Who does Sterling think he is? What world does he live in?

This guy should be checked over for mental problems. Comments like those just lead you to believe that there’s something seriously wrong with him. If he really is racist, delusional and ‘sane’ at the same time — that’s scary.

You have to feel bad for the Los Angeles Clippers. The team has to be associated with this guy during the midst of its playoff run. The players will say it’s not a distraction, but we all know it is. It’s hard to imagine African American players just being able to shrug off nasty comments like that.
To be an employee of a filthy individual like Sterling can’t feel great.

We’ll now wait for the scumbag owner’s PR guy to issue a statement. His comments were probably ‘taken out of context’ and he’ll claim that he was set up.

No one will buy it.

It’s Finally Time for Celtics to Dump Paul Pierce, KG and Start Full Rebuild

With Doc Rivers finally headed to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for a first-round pick, per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Boston Celtics must now prepare to ship out Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce so they can begin the rebuilding process in earnest.

Moving Pierce elsewhere is easy and totally within general manager Danny Ainge’s control. Boston can buy out its franchise icon for just $5 million, so long as it does so before July 1. That move would save the Celtics more than $10 million off of next year’s salary cap, moving the team comfortably beneath the luxury tax line.

Before any buyout occurs, though, the Celtics are likely to entertain trade offers for Pierce. One rumor from Bob Finnan of The News-Herald had the Cleveland Cavaliers offering a pair of second-round picks in exchange for the veteran small forward.

Whether by trade or by buyout, it seems that Pierce will be moving on from the Celtics in the very near future.

Garnett’s situation is much more complicated. Originally included in what was technically termed a separate deal with the Clippers for center DeAndre Jordan, Garnett was supposed to have followed Rivers to Los Angeles.

 

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Per Wojnarowski, KG reportedly would have agreed to waive his no-trade clause only if he could join his coach with the Clippers.

But the NBA stepped in, making it known that it wouldn’t allow the Celtics and Clippers to essentially agree to two deals that were separate in name only. That intrusion from the NBA office appeared to have killed negotiations between the two teams, but the Clippers simply redirected their focus exclusively onto Rivers, apparently abandoning the half of the deal that included Garnett.

And now that the Clips have their new coach, it would stand to reason that they’d resume pursuit of a trade for Garnett. But there’s a problem.

According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the NBA has made it crystal clear that any subsequent moves to send KG to the Clippers will be extremely difficult to pull off.

It’s theoretically possible that the Clippers and Celtics could work out a modified version of the deal that might appease the league, but it certainly doesn’t sound like the NBA is willing to allow any trade that sends Garnett to the Clippers.

Stubbornness, thy name is Stern.

The league showed a surprising willingness to nix a trade it didn’t like when the Los Angeles Lakers and the New Orleans Hornets had agreed on a deal to send Chris Paul to Hollywood, so this kind of dictatorial move is hardly surprising.

 

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That deal-killing behavior from the league turned out to be a boon for the Clippers, who ultimately ended up with Paul. Now it seems the league is evening the score.

As for the Celtics, the timing is certainly right for a new start. Since 2007, Boston has operated on a year-to-year basis, hoping to hold on for one more run with its veteran core. But now that Rivers is headed to the opposite coast, there’s little reason to suspect that the same strategy will be of use going forward.

Garnett won’t want anything to do with a rebuilding effort, especially with Rivers (and probably Pierce) long gone. If the league won’t allow the Celtics to move him to the Clippers, KG will have to reassess whether there are any other destinations he’d consider waiving his no-trade clause to visit.

And if none of those seem appealing, retirement could become a very real possibility.

 

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The Celtics had a great run over the past six seasons, but nothing lasts forever. It’s time for a new chapter in Boston.