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Five Things To Know About The Miami Heat Offseason

Originally posted on CBS Miami:

MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James headed to the Bahamas on vacation, Chris Bosh is on a world tour with his family and Dwyane Wade posted a photo of a new backpack suggesting he was ready for some offseason getaways as well.

So we know Miami’s “Big 3″ are going places.

Where those guys will be when training camp opens in September, well, that’s the story of the NBA offseason — and the next chapter could start to be unveiled during Thursday’s night draft. And here’s five things to know as the Heat get ready for the summer that will shape the direction of the franchise:

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DRAFT NIGHT: Thursday’s draft might provide some clues.

If the Heat take a point guard, that might be a sign that free agent Mario Chalmers is expendable. If they take a big man, perhaps that indicates that James won’t be asked to post up…

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Donald Sterling: NBA Violated My Constitutional Rights

lboogie81:

Right, and you have also been restricted from voting, going to college, getting married, and living in quality! #stopwhining

Originally posted on Radar Online:

In documents obtained by ET, Donald Sterling has denied that the NBA has lawful grounds to forcibly strip [him] and his wife of their ownership interest in the Los Angeles Clippers and claims that he should retain ownership of the team.

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Billboard In Kevin Durant’s Maryland Hometown Honors NBA MVP

Originally posted on CBS DC:

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The only place where Kevin Durant is more loved than Oklahoma City is Washington, D.C.

Just days after the Thunder star won his first NBA MVP award, a billboard was erected near Durant’s hometown of Seat Pleasant in Prince George’s County.

The billboard congratulates the 25-year-old all-star, reading: “from Seat Pleasant, MD to NBA MVP.”

It also features a photo of Durant looking down while wearing headphones, presumably Skullcandy brand, since the company’s logo is in the upper right corner of the billboard.

The road-side ad, which went up sometime Tuesday morning, is located along Central Avenue just across the D.C. line into Prince George’s County — just miles from where Durant grew up — and it appears to be a big hit.

Tiffany Ouarid, office manager for Q’s Quality Cars — whose used car lot offers perhaps the best up-close view of the ad —…

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‘There Will No Longer Be Institutional Racism In The NBA’- Mayor Kevin Johnson

Originally posted on Black America Web:

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Roland Martin discusses the lifetime ban of LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling with ESPN’s Jason Whitlock and former NBA All-Star and current Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.

“There have been more signs than his pillow talk tape that Donald Sterling is a bigot.  This has been going on for years,” Whitlock said.

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ROLAND MARTIN:  Tom, Sybil and Jay I hope all is well with you guys today.  Everybody was riveted waiting yesterday for NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to make his big announcement as related to whatever was going to happen to Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers for the last 33 years after that tape was dropped 72 hours earlier showing him making racist comments.  Silver came out and said point blank that Sterling told him that it was indeed his voice on that particular…

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NBA Privately Tells Racist Clippers Owner Donald Sterling: Step Down & Sell The Team… Or We’ll Suspend You Indefinitely

lboogie81:

Well played, NBA! But according to ESPN, Sterling’s racist attitude isn’t a new revelation to your organization.

Originally posted on Radar Online:

The alleged racist rants  made by  Los Angeles Clippers  owner  Donald Sterling  could be a blessing in disguise for the team and the NBA, because this could finally be the leverage the league needs to get rid of one of the most hated people in pro sports.

The NBA, which announced it would conduct a swift and thorough investigation of the disgusting comments, has indicated to Clippers representatives that unless Sterling agrees to step down and sell the team, Commissioner Adam Silver could suspend him from having any role with the team indefinitely, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.

“The NBA is conducting an investigation spearheaded by Commissioner Adam Silverand the league’s lawyer. Donald will have an opportunity to present his side, but if the NBA determines the tape is authentic, they have indicated he will be indefinitely suspended unless he agrees to step down and sell the team,” a source…

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Report: Magic Johnson Eyeing Purchase Of Clippers Amid Sterling Firestorm

lboogie81:

That’s EXACTLY how beat men like Sterling – buy him out! That’s the difference between being wealthy and being rich.

Originally posted on CBS New York:

LOS ANGELES (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers have Monday off.

Adam Silver likely won’t get that same luxury.

Facing the first real crisis of his short tenure as NBA commissioner, Silver is under pressure to swiftly bring some sort of resolution to the scandal surrounding Clippers owner Donald Sterling and the racially charged comments he allegedly made in a recorded conversation, portions of which were released over the weekend by TMZ and Deadspin.

The matter will not go away anytime soon, but the players’ association is hoping Silver rules before the Clippers play host to Golden State in a critical Game 5 of their knotted-up Western Conference first-round series on Tuesday night. That means plenty of eyeballs will remain on the commissioner’s office Monday, waiting to see if any word is coming.

Magic Johnson, who was referenced on the audio recording, tweeted this weekend that he would “never go…

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