Firstly, congratulations all around on an exciting fulfilling season. I am not too disappointed in the first round elimination. What a valiant effort going down to the wire with, IMO, now the clear frontrunner to win the West, without Bogut or Ezeli. Like, literally, we were a stop and a score from winning Game 7 on the road without Bogut. It can't always be a straight linear progression for an improving franchise; things happen. We let the basketball world know that Golden State is a serious team that is here (amongst the powerhouses) to stay. It would be great if we had played a series in Texas or OKC, then I could have made the trip from Miami. No, seriously, I will always be a Dubs fan first and a Heat fan second, despite living here since 2006 which was the first of the Heat's 3 Championships so far (Haslem and Wade should retire if they win this year, is Wade planning to walk with a cane from his 30s on or what?). So I do not want to congratulate the Clippers because they are some cheatin ass ho n****s, but yeah they are looking like the biggest remaining threat to the Heat at this point, so no shame in barely losing to a team that has it together to the extent that they do.
Now speaking of cheatin ass ho n****s, Chris Paul confirmed his ho-ness with his response to 'just love them from afar- gate', appealing to Kevin Johnson who is not technically part of the league at all. Chris Paul knew, everyone who has been around the league knew that Donald Sterling is a miser, and misers born before WWII and who have been rich for decades, well, show me one such man who is not racist. The commissioner did not fool me with his soapbox outrage, especially since he accepted the fact that 'Sterling was successful in that litigation' that had been filed in the past, but lo and behold, in this new era of absolutely no privacy, now Sterling is unfit to be an NBA owner because of things he said in private. In private. In private. To a trophy ho. How dare that young woman ruin her sugar daddy's livelihood like that. That's worse in my opinion, even as a black man that most would consider militant, what she did by publicizing this recording. Like Mark Cuban said, it's a slippery, slippery slope. Of course the comments were offensive, but he did not actually say specific insults, just basically that black culture is unbecoming. I listened to the entire recording multiple times. Now as for what Baron said about his tenure and how he was treated, Baron is from the heart of LA. I have spent significant time in Compton, Watts, Willowbrook, the Crenshaw district, etc., and how could he get along with Sterling when they had nothing in common, unless Baron was a kissup. Of course Sterling was jealous, and it came out because he had the leverage in their relationship. But Baron is too real to fix it by being a kissup (ala Chris Paul).
Which brings me to Mark Jackson and his realness getting him fired. "Develop a synergy with management" means you have no freedom as a coach.
To be cont in part 2