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Hawks owner to sell after 'offensive' email

ESPN.com on the second NBA owner this year to lose his team due to doing some racist stuff:

Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson is selling his controlling interest in the team, NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced Sunday.

In July, Levenson self-reported an email he wrote to the team’s co-owners and general manager Danny Ferry in August 2012 that he called “inappropriate and offensive.” The league commenced an independent investigation after being made aware of the comments.

Levenson writes in a statement that the racially offensive comments came as he pondered ways to bridge Atlanta’s racial sports divide and increase fan attendance at Hawks’ games.

"In trying to address those issues, I wrote an e-mail two years ago that was inappropriate and offensive," he said. "I trivialized our fans by making clichéd assumptions about their interests (i.e. hip hop vs. country, white vs. black cheerleaders, etc.) and by stereotyping their perceptions of one another (i.e. that white fans might be afraid of our black fans). By focusing on race, I also sent the unintentional and hurtful message that our white fans are more valuable than our black fans."

I guess this one is going a lot more smoothly than the Donald Sterling fiasco though.

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Michele Roberts, N.B.A. Union’s New Leader, Confronts Gender Barriers

Andrew Keh writing for The New York Times about Michele Roberts, who was recently elected executive director of the NBA players’ union, the National Basketball Players Association:

She said she was all too aware that if she was selected, she would represent several hundred male athletes in the N.B.A.; she would deal with league officials and agents who were nearly all men; she would negotiate with team owners who were almost all men; and she would stand before reporters who were predominantly men.

She did not flinch. “My past,” she told the room, “is littered with the bones of men who were foolish enough to think I was someone they could sleep on.”

Holy shit.

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Seattle investor Chris Hansen revealed as donor to petitioners against Sacramento Kings arena

Dale Kasler and Tony Bizjak reporting for The Sacramento Bee:

When his dream of buying the Sacramento Kings was shattered three months ago, Seattle investor Chris Hansen was gracious in defeat and offered Sacramento congratulations for keeping the team.

On Friday, he was unmasked as the mystery donor behind the signature-gathering effort to force a public vote on the Kings’ proposed downtown arena - an effort that could derail the arena and jeopardize the team’s future in Sacramento once again.

This plot might have worked in a film or television show, but in real life we have these things called financial disclosure laws.

Hopefully Hansen enjoys never being an NBA owner, because he’s sure not going to be given a team now.

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Here’s a thing that totally happened a couple of days ago, photographed by Jason Mojica for VICE Media via the Associated Press and pasted by me from NBC News’s PhotoBlog:

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and former NBA star Dennis Rodman watch North Korean and U.S. players in an exhibition basketball game at an arena in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Thursday. Rodman arrived in Pyongyang on Monday with three members of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team to shoot an episode on North Korea for a new weekly HBO series.

Truly basketball is the great equalizer.

Here’s a thing that totally happened a couple of days ago, photographed by Jason Mojica for VICE Media via the Associated Press and pasted by me from NBC News’s PhotoBlog:

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and former NBA star Dennis Rodman watch North Korean and U.S. players in an exhibition basketball game at an arena in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Thursday. Rodman arrived in Pyongyang on Monday with three members of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team to shoot an episode on North Korea for a new weekly HBO series.

Truly basketball is the great equalizer.

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I’ve been seeing this spot for Kids Foot Locker with Chris Bosh and Ray Allen frequently in the past few days. There isn’t anything I desperately want to mock about this ad; it fits into this weird trend in modern advertising toward awkward commercials without any actual jokes, like Blake Griffin’s Kia ads, but I don’t find it offensive.

… except for the absolutely bizarre CGI on the kid’s mouth at 0:18.

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chitwoodandhobbs:

The Glide
This picture of Clyde Drexler at the 1987 Slam Dunk Contest nearly takes my breath away — the lighting, those 80s Blazers unis, the form, the sideline gaze, those kicks. Holy whoa.

From the beginning, Clyde Drexler had a distinctive aura and a regal presence about him. He was so natural that he made everything on the court look easy. He showed up with plenty of game, but it was of a different kind: smooth, sublime, and seductive — like jazz set into motion, with faint echoes of Connie Hawkins, Elgin Baylor, and Julius Erving.— Jim Nantz, who coined the nickname Clyde “The Glide” Drexler 

/via @si_vault, of course

This man is fucking flying.
Science be damned, that is flight.

chitwoodandhobbs:

The Glide

This picture of Clyde Drexler at the 1987 Slam Dunk Contest nearly takes my breath away — the lighting, those 80s Blazers unis, the form, the sideline gaze, those kicks. Holy whoa.

From the beginning, Clyde Drexler had a distinctive aura and a regal presence about him. He was so natural that he made everything on the court look easy. He showed up with plenty of game, but it was of a different kind: smooth, sublime, and seductive — like jazz set into motion, with faint echoes of Connie Hawkins, Elgin Baylor, and Julius Erving.

— Jim Nantz, who coined the nickname Clyde “The Glide” Drexler 

/via @si_vault, of course

This man is fucking flying.

Science be damned, that is flight.

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Compton hoop star's act of generosity

Feel-good story as reported by the Los Angeles Wave:

The event — a foul-shooting contest for top academic students at Compton High School — was created with a simple premise: Organizers wanted to show the kids at Compton how to create community spirit with college scholarship money as the incentive.

Allan Geui won in front of a packed house.

Three months after winning the $40,000 top prize, Allan Guei donated all of his winnings to the seven other finalists.

Guei, a star player on the basketball team who is headed to Cal State Northridge on a full scholarship, said he felt the others could use the college cash more than he could. He wanted to give his classmates a chance to make their academic dreams come true, too.

“I’ve already been blessed so much and I know we’re living with a bad economy, so I know this money can really help my classmates,” he said in a release from the school. “It was the right decision.”

Education is the most important and most noble thing we can do as a society. This warms my heart.

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A Gay Former N.B.A. Player Responds to Kobe Bryant

Last month Kobe Bryant called a ref a “fucking fag” on the court. (No censors out here in Internetland.) The NBA did the right thing and gave him a technical foul and a $100K fine. Kobe responded with a non-apology apology and stated he would fight the fine. John Amaechi, the first openly gay former NBA player, responded with an op-ed in the New York Times:

A young man from a Los Angeles public school e-mailed me. You are his idol. He is playing up, on the varsity team, he has your posters all over his room, and he hopes one day to play in college and then in the N.B.A. with you. He used to fall asleep with images of passing you the ball to sink a game-winning shot. He watched every game you played this season on television, but this week he feels less safe and less positive about himself because he stared adoringly into your face as you said the word that haunts him in school every single day.

Well said. The term “fag” is incredibly offensive and should not be bandied about so casually. (There’s little difference between what Kobe did and a white player (hypothetically) calling a black referee a nigger.)