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Letters: NBA dominates the week

All-Star circus? Baron Davis traded? The Anaheim Kings?

February 25, 2011
  • Clippers power forward Blake Griffin has seen his last lob pass from point guard Baron Davis, right, who was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers before the NBA trade deadline.
Clippers power forward Blake Griffin has seen his last lob pass from point… (Kirby Lee / US Presswire )

All is right in the world. The overpaid chipmunk with a bruised tailbone is being sent to the NBA's equivalent of Siberia. You don't disrespect Donald Sterling and cash your paychecks without earning them. Coming into camp overweight and out of shape was the last straw. Baron Davis was not loved in the locker room and you could tell that Eric Gordon did not appreciate him playing only when he felt like it.

Good riddance.

Gary Pinson

Sylmar

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Baron Davis may not have been the answer to the Clippers' prayers, but he and Blake Griffin had formed a nice bond and were clicking on the court. Trading Davis to Cleveland at this juncture was another in an unending series of bad moves by this franchise. Worse, it will serve notice to Griffin that Donald Sterling is a totally inept owner and that his basketball future lies elsewhere.

Charles Reilly

Manhattan Beach

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I suppose now that Donald Sterling has foisted off Baron Davis' contract to the Cavaliers, we can expect double the number of ads in your paper for his philanthropic and other endeavors.

Joe Cohen

Los Angeles

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Barnum & Bailey couldn't do it better. The NBA All-Star spectacle has outgrown Staples and needs the L.A. Coliseum to display dunkers shot out of a cannon and over elephants. The only thing missing in this Oscar-worthy three-ring circus was any real basketball.

Troy Ronald

Pacific Palisades

DeMar DeRozan eschews props to enhance slam-dunk competitions? After whining about Blake Griffin winning the event, he apparently used one. Dunking while holding a bunch of sour grapes is apparently a lost art.

Bobbi Carnes-Kelly

Simi Valley

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After Blake Griffin's name dominated the first two days of the All Star weekend, is it any surprise that the egomaniacal Kobe Bryant would go all out to win the oh-so-important MVP award ? Did Bryant go up to Bill Russell, wearing his recently awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom, and say, "Nice medal, Bill. Where can I get one?" Has Bryant already written, as the first line of his acceptance speech to the Hall of Fame, "First off, I'd like to thank me?" No doubt.

Bert Bergen

La Canada

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The NBA should be ashamed. How could they have Cee Lo Green sing That Song in front of a national audience on Saturday night and then show Kanye West running around holding his crotch on Sunday? What type of fans do they want to attract? I hope that David Stern's grandkids were watching and asked him what Cee Lo said that had to be bleeped so many times. Even better, I hope they were there so they heard the lyrics and can go to school and sing the song to their teachers and classmates while they grab themselves.

Sophie Perry

Los Angeles

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Would you go to the theater and boo the top actors? Would you go to the Academy Awards and boo a winner? Would you go to any all-star event, of any nature, and boo the best of the best? I guess you would if you lived in L.A.

I was appalled when I heard the boos of the Celtics in the All-Star game. It was an entertaining afternoon. Even the players appeared to be relaxed and having fun. Apparently, the people of L.A. didn't get the memo. This was the All-Star game — not the Celtics vs. the Lakers. Shame on you.

Mo Levasseur

Rowley, Mass.

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Hey, Vinny Del Negro: In case you didn't notice, Blake Griffin played in the rookie game on Friday, won the slam dunk contest on Saturday, played in the All-Star game on Sunday, traveled to Oklahoma City for a road game on Tuesday where he had 28 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, and the next day you have the nerve to play him 43 minutes in a back-to-back road game you lost by 11 points. What are you thinking?

I know all you care about is winning at all costs so that you can keep your job, but we would like to have a future star on the Clippers and not another Danny Manning with chronic knee problems, so use some common sense.

I wish Blake Griffin was not such a nice person. Otherwise, maybe he would act more like LeBron and try to run you out of town.

Robert Saltzman

Sherman Oaks

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I feel really bad for the fans and city of Sacramento. This is a typical case of, "If I don't get my way, I'm going to take my ball and leave."

Joe and Gavin Maloof should be ashamed of themselves, but of course, they don't care. I hope that Mr. Stern, along with Jerry Buss and Donald Sterling, put a stop to this nonsense. If the Maloofs are not happy in Sacramento, then they should sell the Kings to someone, and I am sure there are plenty of interested parties.

Bob McLaughlin

San Simeon

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The only team that should move to Anaheim is the Clippers. There, they could establish themselves, be out of the shadow of the Lakers and have a place to hang Blake Griffin's jersey when he retires.

Alan Matis

Sherman Oaks

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