What happens in NBA locker rooms?
LeBron James cleaning up after his teammates, apparently.
Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com:
The three-time champion, four-time MVP took not just his own laundry bag to the locker room attendants, but picked up off the floor an additional five or six laundry sacks that were strewn about The Q locker room by teammates who had left.
“Hopefully I only have to say something once,” James said, promising to address the laundry littering with the Cavs. “Can’t leave the locker room like that.”
James has always been a stickler for respecting locker room attendants, so the behavior he showed Saturday night is no surprise.
I’m pretty surprised. LeBron might demand a culture of locker room order, but a player picking up his teammates’ laundry is out of the norm I’ve seen. A star player doing it is even less heard of.
Even if LeBron were grandstanding in front of reporters, good for him for setting an example of respecting the team’s less-powerful support staff.
You’ve seen Zach LaVine put his hops and coordination to good use to dunk.
Here, the Timberwolves guard finds another way to capitalize on his skills.
Zach Harper of CBSSports.com:
Donald Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women.
Including in tonight’s debate, he has tried to spin that as locker room banter.
Current and former NBA players – who spend a lot of time in locker rooms – aren’t having it.
Sean Kilpatrick, via The New York Times:
Sean Kilpatrick, a guard with the Nets, said Mr. Trump’s comments strayed well beyond locker room talk.
“That’s too much,” Mr. Kilpatrick said. “Especially for what he’s trying to run for now. You don’t want America judging you on something like that.”
Both NBA owners and players are reportedly optimistic about agreeing to a revised Collective Bargaining Agreement before the Dec. 15 deadline to opt out of the current deal (effective July 1).
But don’t take anonymous sources’ word for it.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver makes a similar implication.
Silver, via Fran Blinebury of NBA.com:
In terms of our present bargaining discussions with the players, I’d say they’re going very well and there’s been a great sense and spirit of cooperation across the table and desire to move forward
I remain optimistic that we’re going to get something done relatively soon.
I don’t know precisely how close the sides are in CBA talks. But I believe they wouldn’t have allowed news of their optimism to leak if they weren’t legitimately confident they’ll get a deal done. I especially believe Silver wouldn’t have used the words “very well” and “relatively soon” if he weren’t confident about a deal.
It’d just be so detrimental to raise false hope.
But there are benefits to assuring fans that a work stoppage is not in the cards – if a work stoppage is not in the cards.
I’m taking Silver at his word and preparing for a 2017-18 season that starts on time, including the free agency that precedes game play.
Mark Cuban once called Donald Trump “probably the best thing to happen to politics in a long, long time” and praised the presidential candidate for saying whatever is on his mind, even if it’s wrong.
Apparently, Cuban isn’t OK with Trump saying whatever is on his mind.
Trump bragging about his ability to sexually assault women was a bridge too far for the Mavericks owner.
Cuban was the only NBA owner outspoken about not necessarily severing ties with Donald Sterling. But it’s a stain on the reputation of anyone who continues to work at a Trump-owned business?
Newsflash: Plenty of people knowingly work for despicable employers, because that’s the best job they can get. Not everyone is positioned just to quit and risk unemployment to take a stand.