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Reader Response

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

In reading your recent article, “Who’s To Blame For The NBA Lockout,” I was struck by the tone the author chose to take. It seemed unnecessarily dismissive of the rather serious issue of racial discontent within the player’s union that is threatening to derail the NBA Labor negotiations. I understand, and for the most part concur, with the assessment that the comment made by Bryant Gumbel on HBO’s “Real Sports” (The assertion that NBA Commissioner David Stern is a ‘Plantation Overseer’) was over-the-top and unfair to Mr. Stern, who is widely hailed as a progressive on racial issues, and who once served on the Board of Trustees of N.A.A.C.P. What was lost in the knee-jerk reaction to Mr. Gumbel’s accusation is the stark reality of the situation. The article points out that the majority of polling information done about the NBA Lockout demonstrates that there is anywhere from 3 to 5 times more support for the players in the Black community than there is among White fans. Somehow, we are expected to be surprised when all but one of the owners of NBA teams are white (Michael Jordan of the Charlotte Bobcats being the sole exception) and 86 % of the players in the National Basketball Association today are African-American. The fact that the Black community sides, in much greater numbers, with the players is not overly noteworthy. That is to be expected. Whatever these hastily thrown together polling numbers show, in no way should they mitigate the serious questions at the heart of this issue. Until there is a more representative sampling of minority owners in the NBA, these undercurrents of racial disharmony will always persist. The fact that Mr. Gumbel made a controversial comment that some might perceive as outlandish, should not draw attention away from the real issue: the glaring disparity between the skin color of the athletes on the court and the skin color of those in the ownership suites.

Matthew Anderson
Woodstock, GA

this can’t be good

Monday, November 28th, 2011


Eastern Conference Finals Observational Nuggets

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

—I can’t believe Disney would allow Stitch from Lilo and Stitch to utter a homophobic slur.
Joel Anthony, in reality, is a CGI NBA JAM character composed of Emeka Okafor‘s head atop Charlie Murphy’s body.
Joe Johnson‘s offensive game is more similar to Carlos Boozer‘s than it is to D-Wade or LeBron’s.
—These “Two and a Half Men” insults, are they directed at Bosh or Kyle Korver?
—Speaking of the Heat’s power forward, I would love to call him soft, but I don’t want to be accused of gayboshing.

MLB Allstar Selections

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

American League:
1B – Cabrera, Miguel
2B – Roberts, Brian
SS – Escobar, Yunel
3B – Kouzmanoff, Kevin
C – Jaso, John
DH – Dunn, Adam
OF – Fuld, Sam
OF – Gordon, Alex
OF – Ordonez, Magglio
Write-in – N/A
National League:
1B – Freeman, Freddie
2B – Emaus, Brad
SS – Ramirez, Hanley
3B – Jones, Chipper
C – McCann, Brian
OF – Heyward, Jason
OF – Morrison, Logan
OF – Rasmus, Colby

Hawks Destroy Hornets In Preseason Action 108-102

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

The Atlanta Hawks kicked off their preseason schedule with bang on Wednesday night at Philips Arena.  Usually I could careless about the preseason, but I am absolutely pumped about this year.   The Hawks made noise in the offseason by resigning veterans Mike Bibby, Marvin Williams,  and Zaza PachuliaRick Sund made an incredible move by trading anemic Speedy Claxton and Acie Law IV to the Golden State Warriors.  I love Acie Law IV, but hope he does poorly in a way to prove Woody is a good coach.  The Hawks acquired Jamal Crawford in this trade, which is an absolute steal.  Crawford could start on half the teams in the nba and he is a prolific scorer, who can take over a game at anytime.     Sund also did not mess up in the draft, when he selected Jeff Teague from Wake Forest University.  Teague was a great selection and will prove to be a serviceable backup to veteran Mike Bibby.  He has the potential to be a star in this league.  The Hawks also signed veterans Jason Collins and Joe Smith.  The Hawks have lacked veteran dept on their rosters in the past and this will result in more wins for the Hawks.  Al Horford was asked about if he liked more bigs being in camp and he said it was a relief to have more than 3 bigs in camp.  The Hawks now have Al Horford, ZA ZA Pachulia, Joe Smith, Jason Collins, and Randolph Morris as their bigs.

This is the best Hawks team probably since the Steve Smith and Mookie Blaylock days, which dates back to 98-99.  The Hawks have been the laughing stock of the NBA during this ten year period.  Last year marked the first winning season since the 98-99 season (strike shortened season).  Atlanta has the potential this year to challenge the big three of the eastern conference.  My prediction this year is the Hawks finish 51-31 and reach the Eastern Conference finals.   The Hawks are not the only team to strengthen their roster, but they will have a better season this year.  This team likes playing together and they will beat more teams this year.  On a side note you heard it here first the Cleveland Cavs will digress, with the Shaquille O’Neal acqusition.  If only Shaquille O’Neal could get Robin Lopez to join the Cleveland Cavs so that he could really ham it up.  This team will have a lot of wins in the regular season, but will lose in the playoffs.  Shaq, Lebron, Mo Williams, Anderson Varejao (New Robin Lopez), and of course Delonte West Hamming up!! The NBA is FANTASTIC!!

Random Reason Why The NBA Rules

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

I found this somewhere through someone who thought of this after the Okafor/Chandler trade, which I think is nice for the Hawks, as the better player is out of our division.

Stinger Mike Glenn News!!

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Best news I’ve heard in a while

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

From ESPN’s Marc Stein:

The Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors are closing in on a trade that would find a new home for Jamal Crawford.

NBA front-office sources say that the Warriors and Hawks will soon complete a deal sending Crawford to Atlanta for Acie Law and Speedy Claxton.

Warriors coach Don Nelson made no secret of the fact that Crawford wasn’t in his future plans. By shedding Crawford’s longer contract and by virtue of insurance payments that will cover some of the costs of Claxton, Golden State would secure a decent measure of payroll relief with the trade.

Less clear is what impact the move will have on Atlanta’s forthcoming negotiations with free agent-to-be Mike Bibby. Although Crawford is not a pure point guard, he’s a prolific scorer whose arrival could affect the sort of contract offer Bibby expected to command from the Hawks.

This guy’s just sick

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

stay tuned for stotts era draft coverage

Sometimes it’s nice to be a Hawks fan

Thursday, April 30th, 2009