How did Michele Roberts convince NBA players to elect her as executive director of the players’ union? According to this weekend’s New York Times profile, she directly addressed the huge, gendered elephant in the room:
"I bet you can tell I’m a woman," she said, "and I suspect the rest of the world can, too."
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.”
Those are strong words, ones that no doubt went a long way toward earning her 94 percent of votes cast.
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PAUL GEORGE BROKE HIS LEG OMG
Cleveland possiby trading Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love puts pressure on the team to win now.
As the roster currently stands, nobody really thinks Cleveland has a shot at beating anyone in the west. There’s no pressure because people understand that the young guys need to come along. It’s basically a free year to grow and learn with reasonable expectations.
Trading for Love wipes all of that out. Its championship or bust for a team with an overhauled roster and a rookie coach.
That’s not the wave.
A lot of sports fans on twitter are clowning Miami for signing Granger, but I like Danny a lot as a player.
He lost his job on the Pacers because he got injured, and in that timeframe of being injured Paul George emerged as a star and took his spot. When Granger got healthy there just wasn’t room for him anymore chemistry wise.
Then he went to the Clippers mid-season and never really fit in.
Dude can play. I think he can flourish on the heat. He’s definitely an upgrade from Chalmers/Beasley etc
Dwyane Wade Has Been Lazy And Indifferent On Defense
It’s relatively easy to look at the stat sheet and discern that Dwyane Wade had an off night offensively in Miami’s Game 4 loss against the Spurs Thursday – just 10 points on 3-of-13 shooting – but he he was even worse on defense. This video does a tremendous job breaking down just how bad Wade was in the first three games.. It encapsulates the entire Finals thus far and shows Wade jogging back down the floor on several occasions, triple-teaming the ball while his man rolls free, and being too late to adjust.
Game Of Zones Episode 2
lol @ the phil jackson part
Day 1: Multiple NBA teams reportedly interested in hiring proven Hall of fame coach Larry Brown.
Day 2: Lakers interview Larry Brown, reportedly close to signing deal.
Day 3: ESPN reports that Phil Jackson interested in hiring grocery bag of manure as new Knicks head coach.
Day 4: Lakers now interested in grocery bag of feces.
Day 5: Phil Jackson confirms he’s in fact very interested in sack of shit as new Knicks coach.
Day 6: Several teams scrambling, offering contracts to container of diarrhea without even interviewing.
Day 7: Golden State Warriors offer 5 year 50 million dollar contract and part ownership to bag of manure.
Day 8: Atlanta Hawks burn Lenny Wilkins effigy at midcourt in hopes of convincing the Gods to sway bag of manure to sign with them.
Day 9: Bag of manure decides to accept offer from Los Angeles Lakers.
**Start from beginning, repeat day 1**
I’d love to play meaningful minutes. It’s just that my body is at a point where it takes a process for me to get physically ready to play and a process for me to recover. It’s just not worth going through all of that to play a minute or two in a blowout.
Greg Oden, Teaching Greg Oden How To Be A Benchwarmer
The plan was set, the product of a 30-minute players meeting.
The Warriors were going to go through pre-game warm-ups and take part in the national anthem and starting line-up introductions. They were going to take the floor for the jump ball, dapping up the Clippers players as is customary before games.
Then once the ball was in the air, they were just going to walk off. All 15 of them.
“It would have been our only chance to make a statement in front of the biggest audience that we weren’t going to accept anything but the maximum punishment,” Curry said. “We would deal with the consequences later but we were not going to play.”
The message was intentionally bold and controversial, point guard Stephen Curry said. And if they had their way, the Clippers would have joined them in exiting the court.
We missed out on the most gangster shit ever
Anonymous said: I'm somewhat disappointed that the Clippers players only took a marginal stance on the situation even after more of the conversation came out.
I think that was moreso because of Doc Rivers.
Doc is a highly respected coach and leader, and I think the Clipper team trusts his judgement and direction. The younger guys may be more radical and gung ho about boycotting but Doc Rivers is more conservative. Doc didn’t even like the fact that they turned their jerseys inside out.
One of the huge dynamics of sports is how the athletes fall in line and follow the coaches wishes. They’ve been going to battle under his orders all year, and in this time of disorder and confusion I think they’ve deferred to Doc Rivers out of comfort and routine.