Flashback: “Magic Johnson? . . . He’s Got AIDS!”

A year ago this week, Los Angeles Clippers then-owner Donald Sterling, an NAACP honoree, sat down for an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.  Sterling had been the subject of controversy after his black girlfriend, Vivian Stiviano audio taped a conversation in which he asked that she not be seen at Clippers games with black people.  During the interview with Cooper, Sterling apologized for the comments and went on the attack against former Los Angeles Lakers guard Magic Johnson, who had called for Sterling’s removal as owner. Continue reading

2015 NBA D-League Slam Dunk Contest

2015 D-League Dunk Contest winner Jarvis Threatt of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers

The NBA Development League held its seventh annual dunk contest Sunday at halftime of the D-League All-Star Game in Brooklyn, New York.  Jarvis Threatt of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers defeated three other contestants to take the victory.  For highlights, watch the embedded YouTube video below. Continue reading

All-American Basketball Alliance Revisited

In 2010, Georgia boxing promoter Don “Moose” Lewis announced his intention to create the All-American Basketball Alliance (AABA).  The Alliance sought to establish a league of basketball teams based in twelve southeastern U.S. cities.  The teams were to be made up entirely of natural-born White American citizens.  Lewis’s stated goal was to return fundamentals to American basketball and give opportunity to White players.  African-Americans make up the majority of the NBA, the premier American basketball league. Continue reading

Cavs Introduce Kevin Love

The Cleveland Cavaliers welcomed Kevin Love to their team on Tuesday.  The 6’10 forward who averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds per game last season for the Minnesota Timberwolves, joined the Cavs in a trade last week that sent the past two number one draft picks Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett to Minnesota.

Love, a Los Angeles native and nephew of Mike Love of The Beach Boys, has six NBA seasons under his belt but has not yet reached the playoffs. Continue reading

Brock Lesnar Wins WWE World Heavyweight Championship

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Last night at SummerSlam, in his first match since breaking “The Undertaker” Mark Calaway‘s undefeated streak at WrestleMania XXX, the “Beast Incarnate” Brock Lesnar restored legitimacy to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship with a lopsided victory over 15-time champion John Cena.  The win commences Lesnar’s fourth reign as champion and first since dropping the title to the late Eddie Guerrero on February 15, 2004.   Continue reading