For those of you who actually follow me or know me. You already know one thing –
I am a Clippers Fan!
The last few days have been rough to say the least. Ever since the whole Donald Sterling Scandal broke and with the help of Magic Johnson behind the megaphone. This scandal not just grew but became the only thing people where thinking inside and outside the NBA. So, it had a great impact on me but not just because it was a scandal that involved the team that I have been rooting for.
My daughter and I attended last night’s game. Game five of the round one of the playoff against the Golden State Warriors.
The game was emotional to me on different levels.
I was sad and then angry that although I live my life where someones color, religion, or ethnicity doesn’t even register in my way of thinking of living there are people who still do. As a father I am trying to instill those basic ideas in my kids that I know will eventually make them better humans. When I was in the 3rd grade and learning about the civil rights movement I was happy thinking that when I got to the age of having my own family. Things like race, sexism, and hating people just because they do not believe in the things that you do will be things of the past that my kids will never experience.
I learned that wont happen years back. But, that dream is not my kids dream as they hope that their kids will not have to deal with that.
So reading the headlines about the how the Clipper owner said some racist remarks made me angry. I was angry that there is a person that has impacted the lives of many minorities and although he might have been respectful to them in person. It did not have the same opinion in private. Angry that someones private conversation was made public with an agenda. Angry that this man is married and has been so use to living a sexist life that no one objected and they just accept it. Angry that we all seemed to not care about all the racist things he might have done in the past that have been stored for us to review in the form of public records.
I am left feeling angry that I did not care enough to know who the owner really was when it was all out there for me to find and read exactly how Kareem Abdul Jabbar wrote.
A few years ago my daughter discovered basketball and decided to call Clippers her team. Since I was a child I have been a passive Clippers fan mostly because I always cheer and go for the underdogs but I really thought the year that Dominique Wilkins came to the Los Angeles Clipper it was going to be the year we actually would win a Championship. But, we all know how that turned out.
The last two years my daughter and I have created many great memories attending Clipper games especially since we became season ticket holders.
So, I was also angry that the views of a owner was going to take this away from my daughter and I.
We went to the game and although I saw the crowd of the protest. I decided to avoid all of that and just go into the stadium. I wasn’t so sure of how many people were going to show up because when we arrived it was empty but we were there almost 90 minutes early. I have never been there so early but this time I wanted to avoid running into additional traffic because of the protesters and news media.
When we got to our seats. I wasn’t sure if anyone else would be coming to the game.
The game was emotional on different levels for us the fans. The players had to deal with their own emotions and it seemed that they felt the love from us.
Although, there were plenty of empty seats and a handful of Golden State Warrior fans. I have never seen nor experience the Staple Center with such a high level of energy that the #clippernation had last night once the game started.
#clippernation cheered the Clippers as they took the court for warm-ups and that level of excitement never lost steam and for the first time I don’t think any Clipper fan until the final buzzer went off.
The days, months, and even years will pass before a new owner is selected and the Clipper will finally be able to move forward and hopefully away from all this scandal.
I suspect that the future owner of the Clippers will be news worthy regardless of how silly it could be.
I picture it now.
Breaking News: Someone famous was seen wearing a Clippers jersey. Does this mean they are thinking about buying them? … .. We will spend the next 5 news cycles talking about it.
I can honestly say. Last night’s game was a great game from a fan perspective and it provide some form of closure or at least some sort of milestone as we all move forward. As a season ticket holder I have come to know employees from the Clipper organization and although they could not publicly speak what they truly felt. It was still easy to share the pain they were going through.
I hope Clippers win it Game 6. But, if this series goes to Game 7. You can count on my daughter and I being there cheering for the Clippers a long with the rest of #clippernation.
The only thing that made me sad was seeing Hedo get hurt.