Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling hasn’t really made it much of a secret he’s been in a stiff competition with Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria for being the worst owner in professional sports. His reputation for being a penny-pincher and, to put it bluntly, a jerk has been widely regarded.
What seems to have escaped everyone, though, is that Sterling doesn’t have the best record with race relations, either, which is an odd quality to have being the owner of a team in a sport such as basketball. Just ask former general manager Elgin Baylor, who sued Sterling after he was fired back in 2009 for employment discrimination.
It seems like it’s been ages ago since Dan Gilbert stood up and laid any kind of verbal smackdown. True, he will be forever remembered as the guy who wrote a rant letter using Comic Sans. But we also thought he would be remembered from being the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, a team that stared adversity in the face and overcame it.
That’s hasn’t really been the case.
I don’t live in Cuyahoga County anymore.
Now, when it comes to the issue of the renewal of the sin tax that has been in place to build Quicken Loans Arena, Progessive Field and FirstEnergy Stadium, I kind of don’t have a horse in this race. After all, I don’t smoke and if I wanted to buy alcohol, I wouldn’t have to travel to Cuyahoga County to get it.
At the same time, how many people in Cuyahoga County regularly visit any of those three venues? Judging by attendance at Cavs and Indians games, not many. And in all three cases, most of those visitors are people like me who live outside the county.
OK, the following is probably going to sound massively biased and more like a propaganda piece, but what else do you expect from a guy who got two degrees from there?
It’s been a rough few months for Cleveland sports fans. The Browns have no direction, and, as it turns out, neither do the Cavaliers. Plus, the Indians aren’t doing anything of consequence until at least April, though we are actually looking forward to spring training for the first time in a long time.
So, with all that misery raining down on Cleveland, what’s a fan to do?
Here’s your answer: What about Cleveland State basketball?
The 2013-14 NBA season is upon us, and to nobody’s surprise, the league has drawn all attention to the defending champions, the Miami Heat. Meanwhile, the rest of the NBA languishes in their spotlight.
Nobody should be surprised by this. Throughout commissioner David Stern’s tenure, the idea of parity within the league is a completely laughable concept. A new collective bargaining agreement is supposed to put an end to the so-called superteam concept that started with the Heat and spread to the other big-market teams, with varying results.
Meanwhile, as smaller-market squads, the most prominent being the Indiana Pacers, are knocking on the door. Yet, it continues to seem like there will be no window of opportunity for them or any other team like them, which includes, among others, the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The toxicity of Dwight Howard doesn’t really seem to have worn off.
On Tuesday, Howard told the Orlando Sentinel that he was actually upset that his No. 12 was being worn by a Magic player. Apparently, it didn’t matter who it was, and it also didn’t matter that the player wearing it, Tobias Harris, reportedly wore the number in honor of a friend who died of leukemia.
It seems as if Howard truly wanted the Magic to never use his old number again. That wasn’t going to happen, and to think that it was can be considered egotistical on a level that, well, can only be seen in the NBA today.
The Cavaliers have already had a nice start to their preseason with a 99-87 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. As usual, start point guard Kyrie Irving had a good debut, with 14 points and three assists in limited action.
But, of course, since this is a contract year for Irving, and Cavs fans have been burned before, we’re already starting to hear the concerns that he will seek life elsewhere.
We’ve heard all the arguments before. Cleveland’s not a destination market. Kyrie wants the lights of the city.