Bleacher Report proves my point

In my piece, NBA Players talk but are they saying what really needs to be said?, one of the points I stressed was the use of the proper words and terms. Negligence in this area does not identify the goal but will also leaves the door open for other groups or entities to come in redefine the terms for their benefit and hijack the energy to achieve their ends. This is why I stressed using the term “anti-black racism” rather than nebulous phrases such as “racial inequality” or “systemic injustice”…

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NBA Players talk but are they saying what really needs to be said?

In my last of common sense sports talk, I took the NBA to task for their blatantly insincerity as it relates to the fight against anti-black racism. In this edition I must deal with the players and what they are saying, what they aren’t saying and perhaps what they should not be saying. A lot of NBA players have talking on some societal issues like never before and some have spoken passionately, others from a fear-based perspective, and yet some have said a lot and yet nothing at the same…

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Hornets radio broadcaster broken off after using N-word in tweet

The Charlotte Hornets are in the market for a new radio broadcaster. Thursday the announced that John Focke had broadcasted his last game with the club. Focke had been suspended earlier in the month after using a racial slur in a now-deleted tweet about Monday’s playoff game between the Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets, only he didn’t say “Nuggets.” He would apologize in a subsequent tweet, however with device now offering predictive text and auto correct, it is more than a fair assumption that the N-word is something that he…

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The NBA is full of bunk

The Milwaukee Bucks took a stand last Wednesday that brought the NBA season to a screeching halt …for a whooping 24 hours. Prior to tip-off of game 5 of their opening round playoff series against the Orlando Magic, the Bucks decided their quest for a championship seemed trivial, for about a day as Jacob Blake lay in the hospital fighting for his life after being shot seven times in the back by a Kenosha, Wisconsin race masquerading as enforcement.  In that moment, it actually did not come as that much…

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Brooklyn Nets to pursue Gregg Popovich

Yes go back and re-read that title, you saw that right. The Brooklyn Nets, who had their season ended Sunday, are now reportedly going after Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Popovich has shown no indication that he intends to leave San Antonio, even if the Nets , on paper, have a better roster and he has coached both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving though their times with USA Basketball. At this point, POP leaving seems highly unlikely but stranger things have happened.

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NBA reports no positive coronavirus test amongst players

From Mike Chiari of bleacher report : The NBA and NBPA announced Wednesday no players tested positive for COVID-19 for the second consecutive round of testing inside the NBA bubble near Orlando, Florida.  In a joint statement the two organizations reported none of the 344 players tested since July 20 yielded a positive result: The lack of positives is a sign that the bubble approach is working in terms of preventing the contraction and spread of COVID-19, and it suggests that all systems are go for the season restart Thursday when the New Orleans…

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Zion Williamson back at NBA campus

Zion Williamson has retuned to the NBA campus in Orlando. The Pelicans made the announcement Friday evening that their rookie phenom was back after leaving earlier to deal with a family matter. Williamson himself had this to say in a statement: “My family and I appreciate the love and respect that everyone showed us while we dealt with a private family matter. I‘m excited to rejoin my team in Orlando and look forward to getting back on the court with my teammates after quarantine.” In his absence, Zion was tested…

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Lou Williams leaves NBA campus

According to The Los Angeles Times’ Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Clippers sixth man Lou Williams has left the NBA campus on Friday. Multiple reports have cited personal reasons as the cause of the sudden departure , but Greif adds that Williams is expected to return to campus soon. Williams is not the only Clipper player absent from the NBA campus. Montrezl Harrell left last week to deal with an emergency family matter, starting lead guard Patrick Beverly left Orlando Tuesday due to a personal matter. The Clippers will play their…

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Marcus Smart reminds everyone that Breonna Taylor’s murderers are still free

The names Brett Hankison, Myles Cosgrove, Jonathan Mattingly and Joshua Jaynes may not be familiar to you but they should be for those are the race soldiers that murdered Breonna Taylor. If you have somehow managed to miss this story, on March 13 Louisville, Kentucky used a battering ram to enter Taylor’s apartment on a no-knock warrant. The commotion caused by the intruders roused Taylor and her boyfriend Kenneth Walker. Mr. Walker did what any person would do when gun-toting strangers break into your home and attempted to defend both…

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Orlando Magic to lay off 31 employees

Friday was the last day of work for 31 Orlando magic employees who unfortunately were laid off. The amount of the layoffs represents 10% percent of the overall staff and took place due to a “dramatic loss of revenue” caused by the COVID-19, according to reporting from The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Josh Robbins. Magic CEO Alex Martins confirmed the layoffs in a statement: “Our business, as well as many others like us, are significantly impacted due to COVID-19. We have had to make some very difficult business decisions in…

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