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The Sterling Affair

Monday, April 28th, 2014

by B. Austin

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If people caught the conversations inside “the locker room of War Room Sports”, we would be banned, jailed, lynched, hung at the stake, and neutered.  My point being, as human beings we all can be insensitive in our conversations about other human beings.  Our prejudices can and do at times rear their ugly heads.  However, a consistent pattern of behavior towards others with certain malicious undertones indicates something more than prejudice or general ignorance.  Donald Sterling is the personification of something a little more heinous, and a line of thinking that has gone unchecked for far too long.

Through my travels on the world wide Web and interactions with the “internets”, there are a couple points I am putting out there in conversations regarding “The Donald Sterling Affair”: 1) We as black people ARE irate, as we should be, but we should remember it is not illegal to be racist.  It is not illegal to express racist beliefs.  Power behind any belief in this country comes from economic viability, exposure to to a mass audience, and support from that audience.  We have all supported Donald Sterling.  How you might ask?  By and large, passive inaction.  He has a history of this behavior that has gone unchecked and ignored.  He was already awarded an NAACP image award and was going to win a lifetime achievement award next month.  Due diligence was not done by us, or even more frightening,  was ignored as insignificant.  2) This point I will state facts and ask a question.  Donald Sterling purchased the Clippers for roughly $15 million.  They are presently worth $770MM.  When an owner or ownership team is selected and awarded a team by the league and the committee of other owners, VAST amounts of due diligence is done because that owner now represents the other owners and a larger global brand, with an audience of billions.  Even 30 years ago, due diligence was fairly stringent with David Stern.  Do you think the owners and NBA administration were not aware?  What is their culpability in this?  3) America turns a blind and cowardly eye to her current pathologies born from her past transgressions and trauma.  This perpetuates cowardice and weak character because we don’t inject responsibility, accountability,  and acknowledgement into our discussions about race, where we are, where we’ve been, and what is going on now.  4) Black people (and others); stop chastising and criticizing these players for not risking their financial livelihood by boycotting.  The vacuum in Black leadership can be blamed for their lack of “lay it on the line, John Carlos-like” actions.  They took adequate steps and may continue to protest.  At the end of the day, on any pro sports team, you play for the money, the love of the game, your teammates, your coach, and the fans…not ownership.  To expect them to risk $62 million (or any percentage of that salary number) is unfair.  If they did boycott, it would have been noble, honorable, and a beautiful thing, but not necessarily smart, as it would give Sterling an “out” of “non-performance” in any later legal proceedings or arbitration in an attempt to relieve him of ownership.  5) America; stop being so shocked and surprised at these racist feelings and circumstances rearing their ugly heads. We have not come that far and quite honestly we may have regressed due to societal and cultural declines in recent years.  Not to mention these are older white men who control and operate the socio-economic engines.  They grew up in the 40s, 50s, 60s.  They are direct descendants and/or participants in Jim Crow’s sons’ and grandsons’ views.  6) What is a 20-something woman of Black and Mexican decent doing dating Donald Sterling?  Does this remind you of the slave master’s relationship with Black female slaves?  He can hate pieces of you but exploit the things he wants?  7) Ultimately the true response and changing of the societal tides lie with the people, the fans. The players, the owners, etc are major stakeholders but nowhere near as powerful as the fan.  In today’s society where the culture of immediacy and sensationalism is prevalent,  how long will this remain an issue that the people are committed to?  WHAT WILL YOU DO?  NOT ANYONE ELSE.  Fight their power, become better people, and this goes away in generations and centuries.

Click here to watch the War Room Sports roundtable discussion on “The Sterling Affair”.


B. Austin of The War Room, for War Room Sports

NBA Commissioner David Stern Announces Retirement Date

Friday, October 26th, 2012

by Ron Glover




Yesterday NBA commissioner David Stern announced that he will be stepping down from the position effective February 1, 2014.  What is the one thing that you will remember “the commish” for?  Will it be for making the NBA the world’s second most popular sport behind soccer?  Or for instituting a dress code which some felt carried a racial undertone?  Maybe it was for bringing a sport that is predominantly African-American to the forefront of American sports.  There are a few other things that Stern will be remembered for, I just gave a few.

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Ron Glover of “The Starting Five”, for War Room Sports


Hey Commissioner Stern, Show Me the Car Fax!

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

By LeRoy McConnell III

The NBA draft on television has been a fixture in many households since its inception in 1985.  The big fish in the draft that year was Georgetown Hoyas center, Patrick Ewing.  The New York Knicks was a struggling franchise at the time with a 14% chance of winning the first ever NBA draft lottery.  We all know what transpired next.  The Knicks became relevant!  However, their was speculation all over the the league that the NBA’s sticky fingers had something to do with the Knicks getting the first pick of the draft.  Back then, the league used envelopes as their lottery system.

In 1990, the league decided to change its format to a lottery system because franchises were losing games on purpose to receive the higher draft pick.  The lottery system consists of 14 numbered ping-pong balls that would be drawn to determine who would win the lottery by non-playoff teams.

Through the years we watch this silly drama during the halftime show of an important playoff game and it always crosses my mind when the number two pick is revealed.  “How in the world did this team get the first pick of the draft?” 

Conspiracy #1 Orlando Magic

1992 Orlando Magic, an expansion team lands Shaquille O’Neal.  I won’t question that, the house that Mickey Mouse built needs to thrive down there in Orlando.  The Magic won 41 games in Shaq’s first year in the league.   The next draft, Orlando had less than a 2% chance of getting the first pick, and they used MAGIC to get it again!  Back-to-back years.  Commissioner Stern, something fishy is going on.

Conspiracy #2 San Antonio Spurs

Between the years of 1989-1996, the San Antonio Spurs averaged 54 wins a year.  Never finished lower than second in their division.  In 1997, David Robinson hurt his back and broke his foot.  The Spurs won 20 games that year and landed the Player of the Year, Tim Duncan with a 14% chance.  The Boston Celtics had two chances of getting Duncan.  They ended up with Chauncey Billups and Ron Mercer.  The San Antonio Spurs have won four NBA Championships with Tim Duncan leading the way.  Boston had two opportunities to get the first pick of the draft and failed both times.  Commissioner Stern!  Really!

Conspiracy #3 Cleveland Cavaliers exhibit A & B

The 2003 Cleveland Cavaliers were tied with the Memphis Grizzlies for the worst record in the NBA.  Memphis had to give up their pick to the Detroit Pistons that year.  This draft is probably one of the greatest drafts in some time.  The prize was a can’t miss LeBron James.  All you heard was LeBron will go to Cleveland, even before the lottery system took place.  When the pick was revealed, Cleveland won and received the first pick.  All I could say is “IMAGINE THAT!”

We all remember when LeBron “took his talents to South Beach”, it was WOE IS ME!  The city of Cleveland thought the sky was falling.  Fans making threats against LeBron, even the Cavaliers owner was threatening this man for leaving.  June comes, the lottery happens, and what do you know, Cleveland gets the first pick again and draft the Rookie of The Year, Kyrie Irving.  Commissioner Stern, this is becoming a habit!

Conspiracy #4 Chicago Bulls

Deja Vu!  The Chicago Bulls in 2008 was the ninth worst team in the NBA with a 1.7% chance of landing the first pick.  The Bulls mysteriously won the pick and drafted the hometown kid Derrick Rose.  He also won the Rookie of the Year and the 2011 Most Valuable Player.

Conspiracy #5 New Orleans Hornets

First off, I don’t know who owns this team…is it David Stern or Tom Benson? The Hornets have been a lame duck team the past few seasons.  Instead of “SAVE FERRIS”, the NBA wants to save the New Orleans Hornets from losing their franchise.  David Stern, vetoed a blockbuster deal that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers.  LA may still be playing in the playoffs today if it wasn’t for the Commissioner.  The New Orleans Saints owner, Tom Benson, came in and purchased the team, ensuring the community that the Hornets will stay in New Orleans.  After last Wednesday night, the Hornets got a great parting gift by landing the number one pick with the opportunity to draft Anthony Davis in this summer’s draft.  History has shown that the number one pick will make drastic improvements for the organization.  Anyone feel sorry for MJ and the Bobcats?  I can’t believe Commissioner Stern wouldn’t help his old foe Mike, then again it seems he had a vested interest in New Orleans.  There will be plenty of time to help #23,  like next year!

To the Commish

We are well into the twenty-first century and I don’t understand why all the secrecy.  This is a society where privacy does not exist.  The NBA has been pulling this lottery stunt for years.  We the fans, demand the right to see the lottery LIVE.  I don’t know what is more covered up, the NBA Lottery or the mystery death of Jack the Ripper!  So, Commish lets cut to the chase, “SHOW ME THE CAR FAX”!

LeRoy McConnell III of “A Fan’s Point of View”, for War Room Sports

Lakers finally get the player they wanted.. Kind of….

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

The Lakers have signed Gerald Green as well as Josh McRoberts….Unless David Stern doesn’t like this move *Sarcasm*

For those who don’t know who Josh McRoberts is take a look at this..

Jimmy Williams

Mavericks Fans Still Carry Scars From The Past

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

By Jason Parker

Dallas Mavericks (L-R) Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Jason Kidd, Shawn Marion, Tyson Chandler

Like a jilted lover, long-suffering MFFL’s (Mavs Fans For Life) still find it hard to put their trust in this team.  Count this writer, a native “Dallas-ite”, among the jaded.  Despite promising signs of change, the ghosts of the past still haunt those who back the “Boys in Blue”. 

Dirk shoots over LaMarcus Aldridge in Round 1 of the 2011 NBA Playoffs

After a colossal choke job in game four of the first round against Portland had us all thinking, here we go again; the same old Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry – the only holdovers from the 2006 team that spit the bit when a championship was imminent – assured their fans that this Dallas team was made of tougher stuff than those of the past.  This brought about a collective “surrrrre” from all within earshot of this seemingly hollow rhetoric.  We heard similar promises after the number-one-seeded Mavericks suffered a historic first-round flameout against the Warriors in ’07, and again in ’08 after being upset by the Hornets in the opening round of the playoffs.   So when Dallas closed out the Blazers, whom many prognosticators had picked to upset the aptly-named “One-and-Done Boys,” in one of the most difficult arenas to win in as a road team, most saw it as an anomaly. 

Mavs sweep the defending champion Lakers in Round 2

Next up were the two-time defending champion Lakers.  Needless to say, the Mavs were getting longer odds than Buster Douglas had against the indomitable Mike Tyson some twenty years ago.  After Dirk and his band of NBA castoffs (Chandler, Marion, Peja, Stevenson) miraculously left the champ bloodied and broken, scoring what amounts to a first-round knockout, everyone chalked it up to some sudden dysfunction within the Laker locker room.  It certainly couldn’t have been anything the “Two-and-Through-Crew” did to earn the victory. 

The Mavs are on the cusp of another trip to the NBA Finals with a 3-1 series lead over Kevin Durant and his Thunder

Now here we are on the cusp of another trip to the Finals after an improbable five-minute, fifteen-point comeback in probably the second-hardest arena to win in on the road, and the national perception of these Mavericks, who have been known to fold up like a cheap lawn chair in the face of adversity, is slowly beginning to change.  This is evident when you listen to the national media talk about this team and its much-maligned, future hall-of-fame-leader, Dirk Nowitzki.  The “S” word (Soft) is only uttered in the past tense these days.  When discussing the sweet-shooting German, you are more likely to hear “all-time great,” or “man on a mission” than that four-letter epithet.  But let me be frank.  It will take nothing less than a championship to truly change how we as fans view our hometown hoops team.  We’ve been here before.  We all thought this team had turned the corner after vanquishing the Spurs in the loaded Western Conference during the ’06 playoffs; and we all know how that season ended.  So until David Stern begrudgingly hands Mark Cuban the Larry O’Brien trophy, I and every other realistic “MFFL” will stop just short of giving our hearts completely to this team for fear of having it ripped out again.

Will the Mavs fly out of Miami or Chicago as NBA Champions this year?

Jason Parker, Blogger for War Room Sports

My Thoughts on The Lock Outs

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

In The War Room I have been known to talk a lot of trash about people and I have received tweets and messages on The Book where people have called me a hater, and some have even said I don’t like anything. To quote the great poet Common “If I don’t like it I don’t like it don’t mean that I’m hating”!

At any rate instead of talking about what I don’t like, I have decided to talk about what I am thankful for in sports. I am thankful for David Stern and Roger Godell.

David Stern in my opinion is the greatest commissioner in all of sports. He transformed the NBA from a league full of angry drug addicts to an international game with many stars and memorable moments.

Roger Godell or as I sometimes call him King Roger or Dumbledore has taken control of the league and held players accountable for their actions both on and off the field. I respect him for that and I wish Bud Selig would grow some Gonads (No Mendenhall) and run his league with the same enthusiasm and stern hand.

I love both the NBA, and the NFL, but I am worried as both leagues are facing an impending lockout. Stern and Billy Hunter as well as Godell and Demaurice Smith need to make sure this doesn’t happen. I understand it is not that simple and I understand that changes need to be made, but no one wins if there is a lockout in either league. Especially the fans; the ones who pay their salaries.

If there is a lockout please don’t try to appease us by giving us scab players or any kind of shortened season. Trying to watch the NBA without the star players is like trying to watch Sanford and Son when Fred was on vacation in Saint Luis and Grady was the main character. No one wants to see that MR. Stern!

The same goes for the NFL. I do not want to see any scab players! Please no! That is like watching Martin Episodes where Gina wasn’t on the show. It was still Martin but it just wasn’t the same without Gina!

Don’t become like that jabroni Bud Selig who refuses to let Pete Rose in the hall of fame but allows his locker rooms to rival the biggest pharmacies in America when it comes to the availability of drugs. This idiot allowed a baseball strike, cancellation of The World Series, and allowed an all-star game to end in a tie. Bud Selig runs Major League Baseball as though he went to the Enron School of Business.

The bottom line is you guys have done a tremendous job running your leagues and now it is time to make sure you don’t throw it all away. Do whatever you have to; to make sure the fans have our Football and Basketball. If you do I personally promise to pay for you’re over priced NFL Sunday Ticket and NBA package.

I’m Nice!!!

Jimmy Williams