The legacy of “Republicans buy sneakers, too” – even if Michael Jordan never actually said it – lives on.
Jordan, now the Charlotte Bobcats owner, is again avoiding controversy. This time, it’s Donald Sterling’s alleged racism.
Times have changed since Jordan’s heyday. The NBA’s biggest stars, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, both spoke out against Sterling today.
Jordan is not required to give his opinion on the issue, though if NBA owners have at all been told not to comment, that didn’t stop the Heat’s Micky Arison or the Spurs’ Peter Holt. Jordan could have done the same.
He chose not to.
That doesn’t mean he condones what Sterling allegedly said, and he could always offer his opinion later.
But it says something that Jordan initially declined comment when LeBron and Kobe did not. How NBA superstars handle controversy has changed, and it will be interesting to see how the league responds to that shift.
The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:
In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.
LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:
Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.