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Posts Tagged ‘Kurt Helin’

SoCal Bloggers React to Bryant Gumbel ‘Plantation’ Remark

At the end of last night’s Real Sports HBO episode, host Bryant Gumbel shared a characterization of NBA commissioner David Stern that he knew would make some people “cringe.” He suggested that Stern’s actions and words during a recent media tour are typical of a “commissioner who has always seemed eager to be viewed as some kind of modern plantation overseer, treating NBA men as if they were his boys.”

NBC Sports blogger Kurt Helin writes this morning that “some players are saying very much this same thing when the microphones are off.” Larry Brown meanwhile compares this latest Gumbel brouhaha to some remarks the former Today Show host made five years ago about another commissioner, the NFL’s Paul Tagliabue.

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A Wicked Mark Cuban Segue Way

A fun little sports diversion has been bouncing around the Twitter-sphere today, courtesy of New York Daily News basketball writer Stefan Bondy. Last night, he tweeted that Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban had jokingly deemed the Russian billionaire owner of the New Jersey Nets a “pussy”; this morning, Bondy relayed Mikhail Prokhorov‘s good-natured reply about not liking cats.

Prokhorov could use a better joke writer. But here on the west coast, we were intrigued by the way NBC Sports writer Kurt Helin jumped from the billionaire faux cat fight to this:

Just a few thoughts… and this is just more of a personal note from me as a Los Angeles native. I want Cuban to buy the Dodgers. Now more than ever. Make it happen for me, Mark.

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