The story that has caught fire in the last 24 hours about the NBA getting away from using the term "owner" due to racial overtones is not being reported properly. Believe me when I tell you, this story is overblown nonsense to create drama. I explain...
Radio hosts around the country have taken the bait on this topic. I'm sure you've seen the headline by now: NBA in talks to stop using the term "owner" due to racial overtones. Clay Travis has jumped all over it this morning, catering to his race petrified audience, ESPN is discussing it, even our very own Open Mike has brought it up this morning.
The problem with the way the story is being reported is that there's this idea that there is an NBA mandate to stop using the term "owner" and that it stems from a conversation Draymond Green had on LeBron James' HBO show "The Shop". That is false. The story became nation wide click bait because 3 NBA teams have chosen to not use the word owner anymore. The Clippers, Suns, and 76ers.
Here's why that is important. From what I understand, the 76ers have multiple "owners", so they have chosen to use the term "limited partners" as a better way to describe a group of individuals who have a controlling interest. No one person is the "owner" they are partners. That reads more to me like a group of people that just want to massage egos. Same goes for the Suns, who have multiple share holders and they are referred to as "managing partners".
I'll give you the Clippers, but keep in mind, they have a very rich history of racism due to former owner, Donald Sterling. He was even kicked out of the league because of his overt racism. So, Steve Ballmer, who is the majority owner of the Clippers is probably just trying to be as PC as possible, and no team in the league should be more sensitive to that issue than them.
As for the NBA as a whole, and this is where the story really drive me crazy. Again, the report is, the NBA is now transitioning away from the word "owner" and is instead calling it's group of owners the "Board of Governors"
THIS IS A LIE.
I found a story from 2014 that explicitly refers to NBA top executives as the "Board of Governors". That was 4 years before Draymond Green ever went on the damn Shop! Read the story for yourself here: Board of Governors.
The NBA isn't reacting to public or player pressure. They aren't demanding teams get away from using the term. We are just now taking notice to it and reporting it as fact. The NBA refers to high ranking meetings as "Board of Governors" meetings because owners aren't the only ones who take part in these meetings, they call it that - not because it's politically correct - but because "Board of Owners" wouldn't be accurate.
Point is, when you see this story today, and you will. Don't take the bait. More on this @ 3pm.