HoopsHype Tom Chambers rumors

April 29, 2014 Updates

Tom Chambers and Donald Sterling spent their first two years in the NBA together and it did not take racist behavior for Chambers to have misgivings about his first NBA owner. "I didn't know anything about the racist stuff," said Chambers, the Phoenix Suns broadcast analyst who was drafted by the then-San Diego Clippers in 1981 when Sterling bought the franchise for $12.5 million. "He was always slippery, slimy and sleazy about paying people. We had to fight for checks. We had to go to a different hotel every time because he never paid the bill. He was just the cheapest guy I've ever come across." Arizona Republic

"It was awesome," Chambers said. "It was exactly what needed to happen to set the tone. That stuff just can't be accept in the NBA or anywhere for that matter. "He's always been a creepy guy. This is great because nobody is ever going to want to rub shoulders with him. Nobody is going to want to be seen with him. It's a good thing for a guy who has taken advantage of the system and a lot of people." Arizona Republic

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Jackson knows firsthand the experience of being victimized by an iconic dunk. The Phoenix Suns’ Tom Chambers tossed down a famous two-handed jam in 1989, while Jackson, then a point guard with the New York Knicks, futilely tried to draw a charge. In the wake of Knight’s victimization by Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan earlier this week and the Pistons in town Wednesday night, someone had to remind Jackson of his moment on a poster nearly 25 years ago. “The funny thing is that the people talking about the lists of the dunks -- the younger announcers forget about it until, you can tell, the one with a little bit of gray hair says, 'What about the Mark Jackson one?'” he said. “Then all of a sudden, it lights up. It was comical, because a lot of my players didn't know it was me. “They were talking about the Tom Chambers dunk, and a couple of the older guys said it was me in the picture. Then all of a sudden, it's 'that was you, Coach.’ It's a bad, bad memory.” Detroit Free Press

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