As tempting as it may seem

…. please don’t follow Donald Sterling’s example, Mr. Gilbert:

It’s not uncommon to hear Los Angeles Clippers fans heckle Baron Davis. Of late, however, the jeers directed at the team’s struggling point guard are coming from a far more surprising source: The man paying Davis, Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

Sterling has expressed his displeasure about Davis’ play by taunting him from his courtside seat at Clippers’ home games, several sources told Yahoo! Sports. Among Sterling’s verbal barbs:

– “Why are you in the game?”

– “Why did you take that shot?”

– “You’re out of shape!”

While Sterling has also taunted other Clippers players since the middle of last season, none have received it worse than Davis, the sources said. Davis has missed 14 of the team’s 25 games this season and is averaging 7.4 points while making a team-high $13 million. Including this season, Davis has three years and nearly $42 million left on his contract.

I can certainly imagine Gilbert at home yelling “Why are you on my team?!” at the TV every time Jawad Williams chucks up another jumper with 18 seconds left on the shot clock.  The body language of this squad is beyond awful and at this point I’m just waiting for rock bottom.  Was it last night when Harden dunked over Hickson? Was it the Heat game? The Minnesota game? Will it be Wednesday night in Miami?

For what it’s worth, I’m finding it more and more fitting that this season’s “Cavs Fanatic” alternate jerseys harken back to the Diop-era.

It fits, no?

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5 Responses to As tempting as it may seem

  1. Donald Sterling is the worst owner in professional sports, and until the Clippers are sold to someone with an interest in something other than the bottom line..they will continue to struggle. To heckle your own players is pretty class-less, and should be done behind closed doors.

  2. Ben says:

    The should change their name and move the team to Seattle. Let the Sonics fan enjoy Blake Griffin, aka Shawn Kemp 2.0.

  3. Nick says:

    Question: However unlikely it may be, (and at this point I think it's damn near impossible) what happens if we go into Miami and win?

  4. Erik says:

    I'm waiting for the post-game fisticuffs between J.J. and Byron. You know it's coming. You know J.J. is going to snap over getting benched or getting yelled at. You know Byron is going to pull a Paul Silas and call J.J. a "hip-hop M-Fer" or something along those lines.You know at some point these guys are going to have to be separated. Hopefully when the cameras are rolling. It's going to happen. Right now, that's all I have to root for. Extracurricular activities that prove what a disaster this team has become.

  5. Ben says:

    @ Nick – the line for tonight's Heat-Cavs game is 17. I have no confidence that they'll be within those 17 points. None. If they go into Miami and win… um… I have no good answer. I don't really spend my time contemplating impossible things like time travel, manned interstellar space flight or the Cavs snapping a 8 game losing streaking by beating the Heat in Miami@ Erik – Byron has a history (especially in New Orleans) of fighting with/refusing to play young players (Marcus Thornton and Darren Collison most notably). I'm not ready to give up on J.J. just yet, but the kid has to show more heart on the court than in the postgame interview.

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