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Reports: Clippers owner Donald Sterling is battling cancer


The NBA came down swiftly and severely on Clippers owner Donald Sterling, for racially insensitive remarks he was heard saying in a recorded private conversation.

The lifetime ban and hefty fine were only the beginning, as the league is also moving toward forcing Sterling out of his ownership stake entirely — something he is more than likely to fight, at least initially to a certain extent.

But Sterling reportedly has health concerns that are far more serious than the ultimate fate of his NBA franchise.

Both the the New York Post and have confirmed that Sterling is battling cancer. Here is the Post’s report (in a very NY Post tone) :

Disgraced racist Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is battling cancer — surprising those around him by beating the final buzzer for as long as he has, sources told The Post on Thursday.

“They thought he would die two years ago,” one source said of Sterling, who on Tuesday was banned for life from the NBA for his now-infamous recorded racist rant. …

Another source said Sterling, 80, was specifically suffering from prostate cancer.

The tone of the piece is unnecessarily spiteful, but with confirmation from other outlets the reporting seems to be solid.

We wouldn’t wish the scourge of cancer on anyone.

That doesn’t change the fact Sterling will have nothing more to do with the Clippers or the NBA. His health issues, while unfortunate, are completely separate from his history of making remarks and taking actions which have proven to be racist in nature. They may affect his willingness to go through a long, litigious battle with the league over the punishment that’s been meted out, but that much remains to be seen.

Dwight Howard played through torn MCL and meniscus in playoffs

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Dwight Howard hasn’t exactly been healthy in recent years. He missed half of last season with various injuries, including a two-month stretch from January to March after undergoing a knee procedure. On Thursday, he told a Houston radio station that the knee problems continued after that, and he had torn ligaments and cartilage during the Rockets’ Western Conference Finals series against the Warriors:

It’s a little alarming that we didn’t hear about this until now. Sometimes these injuries can heal without surgery, but Howard can become a free agent next summer, so you would think he would want to get any lingering issues addressed ahead of time. Considering his age (he’ll be 30 in December) and his injury history, this isn’t a great sign. A healthy Howard is the difference between the Rockets being a legitimate title contender and an als0-ran, so hopefully these problems are behind him and he can stay healthy this season.

Report: Trevor Booker suspended one game for Hibbert altercation

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On Tuesday night, Jazz big man Trevor Booker was ejected from a preseason game against the Lakers for taking a swing at Roy Hibbert during a scrap.

Now, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Booker will be suspended one game for the hit, meaning he’ll miss the Jazz’ October 28 season opener against the Pistons:

Considering he was already ejected, a one-game suspension seems about right.