On the heels of one of the biggest NBA scandals of all time, Donald Sterling’s wife, Shelly announced on Thursday that former Microsoft chief executive, Steve Ballmer will buy the Los Angeles Clippers for a whopping $2 billion.
While on the red carpet for Afrika Fifty6’s benefit concert for “Our Girls of Nigeria,” HipHollywood caught up with Clippers player, Matt Barnes to get his reaction on the big news.
“I think it’s good. It was an unfortunate situation and I think Adam Silver did a good job of cleaning it up and doing it right,” he told us.
Barnes’ wife, Gloria also shared her reaction, telling us that she was excited when she heard the Clippers were being sold.
“The Clippers and the whole organization and the NBA as an association is just really read to move forward,” she told us. “I think they are heading in the right direction to rename the team. I think this entire scandal really just hurt the whole league and the Clippers chances to move forward. I think that everybody is ready to move forward and start a new season fresh.”
In April, Donald Sterling came under fire for making disparaging and racist remarks about Black people which was released in its entirety. NBA commissioner, Adam Silver later announced to the nation that Donald will no longer be associated with the NBA and that he was banned from the association for life. Silver also shared that he was going to do everything in his power to get Sterling to sell the team.
“I am delighted that we are selling the team to Steve, who will be a terrific owner,” Shelly said in a statement. “We have worked for 33 years to build the Clippers into a premiere NBA franchise. I am confident that Steve will take the team to new levels of success.”
Ballmer also released a statement, reassuring fans that the Clippers will remain in Los Angeles.
“I love basketball and I intend to do everything in my power to ensure that the Clippers continue to win — and win big — in Los Angeles. L.A. is one of the world’s great cities — a city that embraces inclusiveness, in exactly the same way that the NBA and I embrace inclusiveness. I am confident that the Clippers will in the coming years become an even bigger part of the community.”
Review: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Is Bigger & Better Than The First
If you liked Kingsman:The Secret Service, get ready for The Golden Circle. Hands downs this Kingsman is bigger, badder and better than the first.
Director Matthew Vaughn really takes it up a notch and gives fans much more action and fight sequences. Right off the top we see Eggsy (Taron Egerton) in this amazing car chase scene that will have you applauding as soon as the Prince track ends.
And while we’re talking music the film has an amazing sound track. And if you didnt know, Elton John is also in the film acting and singing some of his classic tunes.
What I also loved were the new editions. Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and Pedro Pascal who play the Statesmen – the American version of the Kingsman – and the dynamic between the two is pretty comical. Vaughn really explores the difference between the two cultures – mannered men in suits versus macho men in jeans and cowboy boots.
Then there’s Julianne Moore who plays the villain, she’s like this maniacal Martha Stewart esque drug lord and she’s quite good at it.
Now there are some obnoxious moments (like that sex scene between Egerton and Poppy Delevigne). But I think that’s the point. This franchise is all about turning the spy genre on it’s head and introducing the younger generation to a new type of Bond flick … And we think they are going to love it.
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