As a New Yorker who got into sports during the mid-90s, the Yankees were naturally the first team I gravitated toward. Four championships in five years will do that. Like with every kid between eight and 13 years old during that time period, I immediately adopted Derek Jeter as my favorite player.
Now, with Jeter retired, worlds are colliding. In his first post-baseball venture, Jeter has launched the Player’s Tribune, a website dedicated to giving athletes a first-person voice on issues of importance. Still in its infantile stages, the site is in the process announcing editors with personal essays once-a-week or so. Today’s announcement should be exciting for Clippers fans: Blake Griffin.
In a mission to put every ClipperBlog writer out of a job (If you want to join the site, Blake, I’m pretty sure we’d all be cool with that), Griffin wrote about his relationship—or lack thereof—with Donald Sterling, his personal experience with “the tapes” and what life with the Clippers will be like moving forward.
Click here to read the full article. Here is an excerpt:
Later in my rookie season, we were playing a home game and Sterling was sitting in the front row with his usual entourage. Someone from the other team got a technical foul and so Baron Davis went to the line to shoot the free throw.
At that point, the arena was dead quiet, and Sterling stood up and started going absolutely nuts. Now, there are two different Sterling voices. There’s the regular voice, and then there’s the voice when he gets excited. For those of you who have been lucky enough to avoid listening to the infamous tapes, he kind of sounds like a combination of Walter Matthau and Michael Jackson.
As Baron is lining up, Sterling started flapping his arms and yelled to no one in particular, “Why are you letting him shoot the free throw? He’s awful! He’s terrible! He’s the worst free throw shooter ever!”
Baron had been shooting like 87 percent that season. He was by far our best free throw shooter on the floor.
I was standing at half court, right next to Sterling’s seats, watching this out of the corner of my eye, trying not to laugh. I looked at the guys on the other team, like, I cannot believe this is happening right now.
Baron didn’t even react. He walked to the line and sank the free throw as Sterling carried on his rant. After the game, I don’t even think we talked about it in the locker room. Everyone was just used to it. It was both funny and sad. The guy was off his rocker.