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Kaman confirms owner Sterling heckles Clippers

Posted on: December 14, 2010 5:39 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:35 pm
Los Angeles Clippers center Chris Kaman confirms that the team's owner Donald Sterling shouts at his players during games. Posted by Ben Golliverchris-kaman 

On Monday, we noted an explosive report that accused Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling of heckling his own players, and point guard Baron Davis in particular, during games from his courtside seats. Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reported that Clippers center Chris Kaman confirmed that Sterling does shout at the players during games. Unlike Davis, who was painted as frustrated by the verbal harassment, Kaman sounds resigned to it.
"All kinds of stuff," Kaman said. "Some stuff like, 'Oh, dunk the ball.' He owns the team. What do you want me to say? He's my boss. He signs the check. He owns me.
"Not really, but you know what I'm saying. My rights to my basketball skills for five years."
While last season was Davis's first as a Clipper, Kaman has been a Clipper for his entire NBA career, eight seasons, and he was the team's first round draft pick in 2003. In that time period, the Clippers have had just one winning season, and they have won less than 30 games the last three years running. After all that losing, it's not a huge surprise that negative words, even from an owner, would eventually fall on deaf ears.
"He's an interesting guy," Kaman sad. "He likes to watch us play. He's very into it. Very into the decisions from what I understand. He's frustrated like anybody.
". . . The only thing I can say is that if it is negative at all, it's out of frustration. We're not trying to lose games. We're not trying to play bad. It's part of life. It's part of basketball."
Player A complains the the owner is heckling him. Player B says, essentially, "get used to it because that's who he is." Only the Los Angeles Clippers. While Davis's complaint makes his boss look terrible, Kaman's relative indifference may, ironically, make Sterling look even worse.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2010 2:16 pm

Kaman confirms owner Sterling heckles Clippers

daja, on one hand, I agree with you...Baron Davis needs to develop thicker skin.

On the other, this is his job and I think of myself at my job and, though I have fairly thick skin, don't think I'd enjoy my boss heckling me. It's not productive, particularly in an employer-employee relationship.

When I read stories like this, it just confirms my belief that Donald Sterling is the worst, most clueless, incompetent, inept owner in sports. I feel bad for Clippers fans.

Since: Dec 7, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2010 12:07 pm

Kaman confirms owner Sterling heckles Clippers

OMG! professional atheletes making millions and playing basketball boo hoo hoo!Two tears in a bucket.Thats what i say if your sandbagging it (Baron Davis) the owner has all the rigjt in the world to get on HIS TEAM.If these atheletes don't develop thick skin and just suck it up they should just move on and join the real world in  an everyday job. Your being paid good money to give us a little enjoyment watching our favorite teams compete.What else do we got after a hard days work hearing it from not only the boss but customers and clients.Hey i'll take your court side seat and million dollar salary and being heckled.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2010 8:42 am

Kaman confirms owner Sterling heckles Clippers

AvengersGirl, that has got to be the worst and dumbest analogy I've ever read. lol

Since: Jul 30, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2010 12:48 am

Kaman confirms owner Sterling heckles Clippers

i feel sorry for Blake Giffin. i don't care if he's a millionaire. 

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2010 10:15 pm

Kaman confirms owner Sterling heckles Clippers

Sterling is a heckler, regardless of AvengersGirl faulty view.  Period.  That makes him another courtside wannabe.  He probably never was a good athlete rather than a has been.  At least a has been remembers when he could dunk.  Sterling is anything but sterling.  He is a fourth class owner of a third class team.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2010 7:58 pm

Kaman confirms owner Sterling heckles Clippers

Since when is, "Oh, dunk the ball," heckling?

That's like saying the US is still segregated. (Here's a tip, segregation has been outlawed since the late 1960s. Someone needs to tell that to AP and Yahoo news.)

Anyway, heckling is when you yell out that a player is worthless, or that he should miss, etc. etc. Shouting encouragement - or even frustration - isn't heckling.

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