FOR MAY 5, 2014
Court of Opinion
The eyes of the sports world are on Los Angeles, but not for Showtime. As condemnation of Clippers owner Donald Sterling and the racist comments he allegedly made grows—even President Obama has weighed in—how will the team react? Before L.A.'s 118--97 loss to the Warriors on Sunday that evened their first-round playoff series at two wins apiece, Clippers players protested by taking off their team jackets and placing them at midcourt during warmups, revealing red, long-sleeved T-shirts that had been turned inside out so that the team logo and name were not visible. Meanwhile fans around the league are carrying signs mocking Sterling. Go to SI.com/nba for complete coverage, including Mike McCann on the NBA's legal options for disciplining Sterling, Lee Jenkins on one proposed remedy and Phil Taylor on why things will never be the same in L.A.
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The Title Is Up for Grabs
From the SI Vault | April 13, 1981
All bets were off for the NBA championship 33 years ago after Moses Malone (24) and the Rockets upset the heavily favored defending champion Lakers in the first round of the playoffs.
By Anthony Cotton
Albert Chen on ...
Baseball's Next Big Thing is a 6'4", 220-pound man-child whose skill and power are drawing comparisons with everyone from Pirates All-Star outfielder Andrew McCutchen to potential NFL No. 1 draft pick Jadeveon Clowney. Polanco is one of the most enthralling minor league prospects in the game and could be the x-factor in the National League Central race. In just 20 games for the Pirates' Triple A Indianapolis Indians, Polanco is batting .400 with four home runs, six doubles and two triples. How long before he punches his ticket to the big leagues? Read more of Chen's take on Polanco at SI.com/mlb
Donald Sterling isn't the only owner who has made headlines amid public controversy. SI.com takes a look at other owners who have been thrust into the spotlight for behaving badly, including former Reds owner Marge Schott, who appeared on the May 20, 1996, cover of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. Schott was banned from day-to-day operations of the team from '96 through '98 for her comments about African-Americans, homosexuals and Jews.
MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ/AP (CLIPPERS)
GENE J. PUSKAR/AP (POLANCO)
BILL FRAKES FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (SCHOTT)
ANDY HAYT FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (MALONE)