The NBA Lottery went off without a hitch except for the top three players to be chosen, who were doubtless horrified to learn that their choices will likely be either Cleveland, Milwaukee or Philadelphia. But to tell you how important the lottery actually was this year, Steve Kerr, the new coach of the Golden State Warriors, was leaving the studios of CSN Bay Area with Warrior P.R. brainpan Raymond Ridder when the lottery came on one of the 100-some-odd newsroom monitors. Ridder asked Kerr if he wanted to stay and watch, and Kerr, showing early signs of knowing his onions, said, “Nah, let’s go.”
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So they did go, proving yet again that every minute spent on the lottery is worth 35 minutes of crushing traffic. Even in Cleveland, or as NHL fans who watch their lottery end up with the same team always getting the first pick call it, “The Edmonton Of The South.”
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Speaking of which, this was Johnny Manziel on Twitter: “Cavs and @22Wiggins?” As in Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins. Give the lad this much, he’s investing himself in the whole Cuyahoga Experience.
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Sadly, the Indiana Pacers did not win Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final, and for this sole reason: Watching NBA “experts” pull off their own heads at the notion of the dysfunctional Pacers being up 2-0 over the very functional LeBron James would have been way more entertaining than the first two games.
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The news from early Tuesday was that Allen (TX) High School’s $60 million football stadium was still uninhabitable because of design flaws. Surprisingly the school superintendent decided this even though Allen is 31-1 over the last two years, and in Texas a choice between public safety and home field advantage is no choice at all.
But there are rumors that Allen will move its franchise to Tennessee – specifically near Austin Peay University, where if the shoddy concourses won’t get you, the 40-foot sinkholes will.
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In an otherwise not-news-worthy day (Minnesota gets Super Bowl LII-I-I-I-Can’t-Feel-My-Extremities, and no expanded playoffs this year), the NFL’s Ginger Avenger, Roger Goodell said Tuesday at the NFL owners’ spring meeting in Atlanta that his NBA counterpart, Adam Silver, was “being decisive, made the right statements and is doing the right things” in the Donald Sterling sue-a-thon.
Then he left the podium and muttered to an aide, “God, I wish I had a Sterling or two I could bully instead of the billionaire maniacs I got.”
At least if he had any sense of inner dignity he would have.
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Speaking of TCTKOG (The Crapstorm That Keeps On Giving), Colonel Don was told indirectly by Silver that there would be no delay in his June 3 show-cause-or-get-lost owners meeting, meaning that the next move is Sterling’s, and it will surely be said by throwing a few more lawyers on the bonfire.
Of course, Silver reminded us all of the real end-game here. Despite claiming that Sterling has violated both various by-laws in its constitution and several morality and ethics contracts, Silver did note that, and I quote, “We have an obligation to the Sterlings to ensure we sell it for the highest possible price. There’s no doubt it’s a highly valuable asset.”
Yeah, they’re really throwing the old pamphlet at Donny and Shelly: “Get out, and take this $1.3 billion with you, you bad people you.”
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The new lawsuit from eight ex-NFL stars including Hall of Famer Richard Dent, star quarterback Jim McMahon and former 49er and Raider Jeremy Newberry alleges that the NFL shoveled painkillers at them by the trowelful to keep them playing, and even in one case using their names without permission to buy painkillers that they could then give to other players.
In other words, it’s everything we always knew without the paperwork now has paperwork. And the league . . . well, it’s really proud of Adam Silver.
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Miguel Olivo, the one-time major league catcher trying to relocate his career, got into a scuffle with infielder Alex Guerrero on Tuesday and apparently bit off part of Guerrero’s ear. The trick is that Olivo and Guerrero are teammates on the Albuquerque Isotopes, the Dodgers’ AAA affiliate, and they were arguing about . . . oh, who the hell cares what they were arguing about? HE BIT OFF PART OF HIS TEAMMATE’S EAR!
Now this may remind you of something from your past, but let’s remind you that Mike Tyson didn’t bite off his trainer Ritchie Giachetti’s ear back in 1997. He bit Evander Holyfield’s ear, and Holyfield, unlike Guerrero, was not Tyson’s teammate in the ring.
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When Your Owner Hates You But Not Quite Enough To Fire You: The men who run West Ham United announced Tuesday that they plan to retain manager Sam Allardyce, but promised in the same release that they expect that “the team provides more entertainment next season.”
As a job-saving mechanism, Allardyce agreed to “recruit a new attacking coach to complement the existing coaching set-up” as well as allow the board (the owners) to have “greater involvement” in the signing of players.
In other words, we’re sorry, Mr. Lacob. We thought you meddled, when it turns out you were just maintaining industry standards.
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And finally, Raiders owner Mark Davis dropped yet another one of his subtle hints about his stadium issue by noting Minnesota’s successful Super Bowl LII bid, telling NFL.com’s Ian Rapaport, “(it’s a) message that the league recognizes the (public) effort. A great message.” He also said Davis claimed that the Raiders can come up with $400 million to build a stadium in the Bay Area, but without at least as much financial help, he will “look at options.”
Okay, then. Maybe he can move the team to Buffalo when the Bills move to Los Angeles.
Ray Ratto is a columnist for CSNBayArea.com