Los Angeles Clippers Rumors
“Kevin Garnett is the most passionate player I have ever been around,” Bradley told Goodman. “I remember one day [head coach] Doc [Rivers] was like ‘look, you’re not practicing today. KG, You need to rest.’ But KG never wanted to sit out of practice, especially if we were scrimmaging. Even if he was hurting, he would never let you know. But so one day we’re practicing, we go over the plays, and Doc says ‘KG sit out, we’re about to scrimmage.’ KG ran LINES on the sidelines. So when the ball was going up the court, he would run back and forth with the game. And we’re all looking at him, really thinking about it. There’s not too many people that love basketball that much.”
Now that’s suffering the basketball team, and we understand that because the basketball side didn’t have anything to do with the business side, and obviously there’s collateral damage that comes along with that. But when you are the owner, you’re not just the owner of the basketball side. You’re the owner of the business side as well. And I take no pleasure in saying that, because again, I got a lot of love for Mark Cuban. But we have to pay attention to what’s going on here. In fairness and in full disclosure, I’ve spoken to the NBA office. Their mentality has been ‘Mark Cuban was forthcoming. Mark Cuban didn’t make any excuses. Mark Cuban was incredibly cooperative,’ and where they distinguish the difference between him and a Donald Sterling, former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, and a Jerry Richardson, former owner of the Carolina Panthers in the National Football League – their direct actions was what was offensive and ultimately something that had to be dealt with. Mark Cuban wasn’t the culprit here.”
Los Angeles has always been Butler’s top choice if he was to leave or be traded by Minnesota, according to league sources. But the Clippers should ask the same question as the New York teams: What’s the rush? They could also just wait for next summer without compromising their future. It would seem like a philosophical about-face, after trading another oft-injured star in Blake Griffin, to trade young pieces for Butler. Only a bargain makes sense.