I have confidence in the Clippers, even in Donald Sterling (even though he will always suck, no doubt), that these people here in this organization realize that this is the time to make real loud noise. Their new motto, "Rise Up", speaks volumes. The attitude and the confidence is the right one. A potential customer likes when a seller shows confidence in the product they sell, and the Clippers are coming into the offseason with that confidence needed.
(Invoking Stephen A. Smith) HOW-E-VAAA...The front runners in the LeBron sweepstakes are undoubtedly the Cavs, because they just have enough cap space and the will to make that team even better. But I don't know that the Cavs can make it better with better players, because at the end of the day it's about chemistry, something that very few teams get away with not having but still manage to win championships (i.e. Lakers, Yankees, Patriots, et al.)
NOW, this brings me to the big sleeper team that might sneak in the middle of the night and take LeBron away, Baltimore Colts style, and that team is the New Jersey Nets. Why? Two words: Mikhail Prokhorov. Who is he? Oh, just the new Nets owner. he is Russian, and he is a billionaire. Get it? BILLIONAIRE? You think he'd care about the luxury tax the way that, say, Donald Sterling (GOD FORBID!) would? (Invoking Ozzie Guillen) Bah! Please!!! Jay-Z still owns a piece of the pie, as well, but the Russian guy has the real money here, and Jay-Z has money, no doubt, and, more importantly, a good relationship with LeBron (and every athelete in the country who bumps his shit, too).
The Nets also have ASSETS. Hey! The Clippers do, too! Blake Griffin ain't no chump. But...the Nets have assets plus a bottomless cap space. They're ready, with Mikhail, to dig deep into the free agent pool, and swim deep, and get players, and get John Wall, likely, and they already got a very promising PG and C.
So, the fact remains. The Clippers, got great pieces, but, when it comes to ownership of these teams, let's face it, some owners, like the Nets owner, and the Cavs owner, also, I'm sure, are willing to eat cheaper meals in order to bring glory to their respective cities. And, quite frankly, that ain't something that Donald, unless he decides he wants to prove everyone and their mothers wrong, is willing to do.
All I wanna say to the Clippers is: forget about "Rise Up"
I got a better motto for you: NO NUTS, NO GLORY.