It was a sign of how big the controversy surrounding the racist statements of Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling had gotten — President Barack Obama was asked about it during a press conference in Malaysia with that country’s prime minister. Because what else is going on in that part of the world of importance?
Wednesday at the daily press briefing at the White House, press secretary Jay Carney was asked about Obama’s reaction to Adam Silver giving Sterling a lifetime ban, reports the Associated Press.
President Barack Obama is supporting the NBA’s lifetime ban against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling… Carney said Wednesday that Obama believes the league did the right thing in response to Sterling’s racist comments.
What else was he going to say?
First off, Silver did the right thing in this case.
Second, this is one of those rare news items where everyone is on the same page — nobody rational is backing Sterling, thinking he is in the right here. We might question why it took the NBA so long to out or how exactly they can oust him as an owner, but nobody is in his corner. It’s an easy call for any politician.
Warriors center Anderson Varejao will miss the Rio Olympics due to a back injury.
Where will Team Brazil turn now?
Likely to Bulls center Cristiano Felicio.
Marc Stein of ESPN:
Felicio came on strong late last season. He puts his 6-foot-10, 275-pound frame to good use protecting the paint and rebounding. He showed potential as passer and mid-range shooter, too.
At age 24, he’s a candidate to break out in the Olympics.
If he’s not ready, Brazil can turn to a steady veteran at center, Nene.
Blake Griffin broke his hand punching Clippers equipment manager Matias Testi in January.
Make that former Clippers equipment manager Matias Testi.
The L.A. Clippers equipment staffer who was punched in the face by Blake Griffin during a fight in Toronto earlier this year is off the team — and will NOT be back for the ’16/’17 season … TMZ Sports has learned.
We spoke with a rep for the Clippers who confirmed Matias Testi “no longer works for the team.”
The report that Kevin Durant told Russell Westbrook he’d re-sign with the Thunder before choosing the Warriors?
Royce Young of ESPN:
I misspoke in saying that Durant specifically told Westbrook he was coming back.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Center Anderson Varejao will miss the Olympics for host Brazil because of a herniated disc in his lower back.
The Golden State Warriors announced the injury Wednesday and say that Varejao should be ready for the start of training camp but will not be healthy enough to play in the Olympics. Varejao recently experienced back pain while training with the Brazilian National Team and returned to California to be examined by Dr. Robert Watkins earlier this week.
Varejao averaged 2.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in 22 games after signing with the Warriors on Feb. 22. He re-signed with the team earlier this month.