The sale of the Los Angeles Clippers has finally gone ahead, as Steve Ballmer was announced as the new owner of the franchise on Tuesday 12th August. The sale comes after months of ownership turmoil and court battles between Donald and Shelly Sterling as The Sterling Family Trust looked to sever ties with the Clippers.
The estranged husband and wife had come to blows over the potential sale of the team, after a recording surfaced in April 2014 of Donald Sterling blasting his girlfriend for bringing black men to NBA games, to which the NBA responded by handing the 80-year-old a lifetime ban from the NBA and a fine of $2.5million.
The NBA later planned to seize the team from Sterling and auction, leading to the real estate mogul to allow his wife of 58 years to sell the team. However, once the sale to Ballmer was initially agreed, he refused to sign off on the deal – halting proceedings.
The situation surrounding the Clippers then took another bizarre twist as Shelly Sterling removed Donald from the trustee’s board after it was found he has Alzheimer’s disease, which allowed her to finally sanction the sale to Ballmer – who is well known as the former CEO of Microsoft.
Sterling had owned the side since 1981 and even tried to take the potential sale to court, but Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas is said to have signed to authorize sale regardless of Sterling’s attorneys filing an appeal or petition – it has since been revealed that they plan to enforce the latter in the hope of revoking the sale to Ballmer.
Ballmer, however, is delighted to have taken over in Los Angeles and while he has promised a rallying meeting on Monday at the Staples Center, it is sure to spark a revival in the team’s fortunes.
The Clippers have endured mixed fortunes over the years but with the emergence of stars such as Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, they must fancy their chances for a play-off push this season. Chris Paul in particular has been outstanding over the past few years for LA and you can bet on the NBA at Gambling Land, with all the best odds on all the teams – including the Clippers.
Last season the Clippers broke their franchise record for wins in a single season, by posting 57 victories – taking them to the Conference semi-finals and they will no doubt want to build on that this year. A bet on the Clippers to make the play-offs looked a safe bet throughout the post season but with the news that their ownership issues are now behind them, it will be intriguing to see whether they can push on and make it to the Conference finals this year.
New arrivals, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry have arrived to bolster a squad which last year finished second in the Eastern Conference. Confidence is high that the trio of vastly experienced stars will help them make it further than the first round of the play-offs, the stage they were defeated at in a tight series against the Chicago Bulls.
Paul Pierce has spoken out to say that the Nets are looking to do just that this year, and that the arrival of his former Boston Celtics teammates will see them push for the NBA titles:
“We've got all the ingredients we need to win a championship; we just need to figure out how to make it all come together. Great players always figure it out and I think we will,” said the 35-year old.
New coach, Jason Kidd, has echoed these sentiments and, with a new-look starting line-up that boasts 35 All-Star appearances, there are few reasons to argue with that. Certainly, last season, the Nets found themselves throwing away too many leads as games wore on – most notably in the fourth game of last season’s play-offs, when they surrendered a 17-point lead in the final minutes of the 4th Quarter, and went on to lose in overtime. But, with this vastly experienced pool of talent available to him, Kidd will be confident that his team will be able to keep cool heads in the big games when the pressure is on.
But how It all started ? The NBA was founded in New York way back in 1946 and named the Basketball Association of America but later in 1949 it adopted the name, National Basketball Association. This was after the merger with a rival body, National Basketball League. All its operations are directed from the central office which is also its headquarters. This is situated at the Olympic Tower’s 645 Fifth Avenue, New York City. Nonetheless, its entertainment as well TV operations is managed by the New Jersey offices.
The leagues popularity has largely been attributed to various reasons ranging from the merger of rival entities to its incorporation of modern aspects into its management. In 1979, the league incorporated the innovative proposal from ABA of a three-point field goal opening the game to more interesting levels. It is in the same year when Larry Bird and Magic Johnson respectively became part of Boston Celtics and L. A. Lakers. This is the period when NBA gained extreme popularity not just in the American region but across the globe. In essence, these two players did a lot to brand the league during their periods of stardom. Johnson for instance, kept basketball lovers glued to the proceedings of NBA as he took Lakers to close five titles into their box while Bird made it three for the Celtics. Other legends have emerged from MBA including Michael Jordan, among others.
The Walter A. Brown Trophy was the trophy awarded to the winning team at the end of each NBA season spanning 1949 to 1977. The victors would keep the trophy for the duration of their winning season and then pass it on to the next season’s winners unless they were able to win the season again.
Most Sports fans and freaks knows that the trophy was first called the NBA Finals Trophy but the name was changed in 1964 to honor Walter A. Brown who founded the Boston Celtics and whom played a pivotal role in merging the National Basketball League with the BAA to form the NBA.
In 1977, a new trophy was made although the name Walter A. Brown was still used. From the 77’ finals, the winner of the NBA season got to keep the trophy and a new one was made each year for the new winners. The first team to win the Walter A. Brown trophy was the Philadelphia Warriors. The Philadelphia 76ers won the 1983 season trophy, which was the last before the name was changed. The name of the trophy was then changed to Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy in 1984.
Larry O’Brien was NBA commissioner from 1975 to 1983 and so the renaming of the trophy was meant to honor him. The new trophy standing at 2 feet tall was designed from 14.5 pounds of quality sterling sliver and overlaid with 24-Karat gold. The design is that of a basketball about to go into the net. It is really an impressive piece of work and the names and year of the winning team is inscribed on the trophy.
The Boston Celtics defeated Los Angeles Lakers to win the first NBA trophy after it had been renamed in 1984. Since the name change, the Los Angeles Lakers lead the pack with eight trophy wins, while the Chicago Bulls have six trophy wins.
Netball is a game of two teams and consists mostly of two six players in each team where the players hit the ball by hand over a high net. Each team tries to score points by grounding the ball on the opponent’s court.
Netball is in fact one of the most popular sports played in the entire world. Approximately, 800 million people play a variety of netball game. It is in fact exciting to watch but more fun to play a game of netball.
There are certain positions, which the players playing a game of netball need to take while playing a game of netball. These positions are most the opposites, setters, middle blockers, setters, liberos and others.
The serve, the dig and the netball attack are some of the skills required for the netball players to play the game.
Due to the fun and the excitement involved in the game, the sport of netball has become extremely popular in the entire world, especially in English talking countries. Today, more and more people are attracted towards the game and playing the game in large numbers to experience the fun and excitement.