Before commenting on the Los Angeles Clippers racist owner Donald Sterling, I want to address the current NBA and NHL championship playoffs and our Bay Area representative teams, who are engaged in heated battles with their SoCal counterparts.
In their continuing journey to bring hockey’s treasured Stanley Cup to the South Bay, NorCal’s icemen, the San Jose Sharks, were impressively cruising along in their first-round playoffs matchup with the LA Kings and, with a 3-0 game lead in the best-of-seven series, were on the verge of a satisfying sweep.
But the Kings have staved off elimination twice heading into last night’s sixth-game clash – results not known at presstime – which San Jose better have won or face the daunting task of a seventh and deciding showdown, which would be played with the impending doom of a colossal collapse.
I’m not saying that losing last night would signal San Jose’s stunning exit, because this is the Stanley Cup playoffs, when any team, no matter their seeding or regular-season play, can rise to the occasion and end up hoisting the championship cup.
Whatever last night’s outcome, I still feel the Sharks will survive this already tense pressure-cooker of a NorCal versus SoCal battle supreme.
As for pro hoops and the NBA playoffs, specifically the superior Western Conference, the supposedly overmatched Golden State Warriors played brilliantly in their fourth-game and series-evening triumph over the LA Clippers, who suddenly find themselves defending on and off the court because of their despicable owner.
With each team having two wins, the best-of-seven becomes a best-of-three game series now, and the Steph Curry led Warriors, playing without big, tough man Andrew Bogut in the middle, need to remain steadfast and strong on defense, and stay in their run and shoot offense to keep the rattled Clippers in chase mode.
Tonight’s fifth-game battle at LA’s Staples Center will have an enormous amount of attention and tension from the Sterling fall-out before and after the game.
But when the game begins, it’s all about the Warriors and Clippers’ black head coaches Mark Jackson and Doc Rivers, respectively, guiding their players through a nail-biting four quarters of high-level action, with the winner just one game away from advancing in the playoffs, and the other team going home.
Unfortunately for the Clipper players and coaches, their home is totally topsy turvey and will never be the same, though a better-be impending change of ownership could bring a rebirth to a franchise that’s been majorily disfunctional for decades under Sterling, who should be instantly ousted from the NBA.
Whatever it takes, force this disgusting man to sell the franchise – word has it that Magic Johnson, who was named by Sterling as an unacceptable black presence, and his ownership team that owns the LA Dodgers are interested – and the NBA hierarchy of commissioner, team owners and players union better act quickly.
They should have not turned their eyes away from Sterling, as they did for too many years.