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Abdul-Jabbar: Levenson Isn’t Donald Sterling

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The only problem is that Atlanta Hawks controlling owner Bruce Levenson is no Donald Sterling. Nor is his email racist. In fact, his worst crime is misguided white guilt.

I (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) read Levenson’s email. Here’s what I concluded: Levenson is a businessman asking reasonable questions about how to put customers in seats. In the email, addressed to Hawks president Danny Ferry, Levenson wonders whether (according to his observations) the emphasis on hip-hop and gospel music and the fact that the cheerleaders are black, the bars are filled with 90% blacks, kiss cams focus on black fans and time-out contestants are always black has an effect on keeping away white fans.

Seems reasonable to ask those questions. If his arena was filled mostly with whites and he wanted to attract blacks, wouldn’t he be asking how they could de-emphasize white culture and bias toward white contestants and cheerleaders? Don’t you think every corporation in America that is trying to attract a more diverse customer base is discussing how to feature more blacks or Asians or Latinos in their TV ads?

via Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of TIME

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Sources: Tom Thibodeau Tried to Convince Jimmy Butler to Rejoin Team

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Minnesota Timberwolves President/Coach Tom Thibodeau met with All-Star forward Jimmy Butler on Monday and tried to convince him to eventually rejoin the team in the preseason, league sources tell ESPN. Butler is sitting out, awaiting the organization to honor his trade request.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Report: Bogdan Bogdanovic Out 4-6 Weeks after Surgery on Left Knee

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Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic underwent a minor arthroscopic procedure on his left knee today in New York City. Performed by Dr. Riley Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery, the procedure was successful and Bogdanovic is expected to be on track for game action in approximately 4-6 weeks.

Source: Sacramento Kings

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Sources: HEAT Aggressive in Pursuit of Jimmy Butler

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So far, Pat Riley and Miami have been as aggressive as any team in pursuit of a Jimmy Butler trade with Minnesota, league sources tell ESPN. Ownership still prefers to find a deal by early this week, sources said.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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