I don't think anybody on this blog was upset or disagreed with what Sterling said when it was first reported. The main reason, because what he said was TRUE!
Has Chris Paul ever come out and say "fire Vinny"? Of course not. Has Paul ever given one ounce of support for Vinny during his tenure other than saying he loves his team, the situation here, the fans, the City of Los Angeles, blah, blah, blah?
What he didn't say in support of Vinny at the end of the season is the equivalent of a vote of no-confidence without ever having to cast a vote. How convenient! How classy! Just look at some of his measured press statements after the Clippers got swept out of the play offs regarding how the Clippers got to the fight late, couldn't make the necessary adjustments, and so forth. Is Paul saying that those types of statements had nothing to do with getting Vinny fired and that he wasn't sending signals to management that he was potentially unhappy with the coaching situation? Oh, I almost forgot that Vinny actually didn't get fired - he just didn't get rehired after the Clippers exercised some patience after the playoffs before making a decision.
Does anyone think for a moment that this isn't a player's league? The Gig in Miami was the alarm bell for what the league has become in terms of players being able to shape rosters and to a large extent, the coaching staff.
Did D-12 have anything to do with SVG getting let go? Did Kobe have anything to do with Mike Brown getting let go? At least they didn't hide their true feelings for the sake of their reputation. After all, CP3 has a certain reputation to uphold - never mind whether the substance that goes behind that reputation is genuine.
Here's a mouthful: Should I side with the mega millionaire athlete who has yet to deliver a team to the NBA finals who is complaining that he is getting a bum rap for Vinny getting let go when in actuality he had a lot to do with it and wants to distort that fact for the sake of his very marketable and profitable reputation while toying with the idea of leaving his team mates and the fans for the sake of his ego? Or, should I side with a rich, old, white man who happens to own the team and is telling it like it really is out there in the real world of today's NBA?
Enough spin already. We already get that from various corrupt officials in our government. Exactly where has that gotten us?
I gotta side with Sterling on this one.