http://www.latimes.com/sports/basketbal ... nba-clippe
The above link is to an interesting article on Elton Brand in today's LA Times by TJ Simers. For those of you who don't know tis guy, he does like to "push" athletes and often is quite critical. He clearly respects Brand, as this article and others he has written indicate.
This post is about this part of the article, (in part, citing Brand's blog):
"One could imagine my disbelief when asked if my (Achilles') injury was due to performance-enhancing drugs by Clipper brass," Brand wrote. "I know we live in that era, but I hold the game of basketball in high esteem, and conduct myself with integrity. I am not trying to go all Kobe on the staff, but to be asked that question when all facts were (known)…was very disappointing to say the least."
You could understand someone asking Gary Matthews such a question, but the Clippers irritating their very own. Very odd.
A Clippers spokesman said the team has no such concerns about Brand, and it was just a "misunderstanding."
Brand wouldn't say who challenged him, and said, "I'm really not mad," but anyone who knows Brand and how important he values doing the right thing will understand why such a "misunderstanding" would wound him so."
"When people use performance-enhancing drugs it decreases the integrity of the tendons," Brand said. "But what we're talking about here is my integrity."
I have read over the piece a number of times and this doesn't come across as a Simers' stylistic "distortion," but a blatant afront to Brand!
Could this be possible? Brand describes how hard he was working to prepare for the season in the article!
What are the Clipper's folks thinking? Why question our "main man," in this demeaning way? Anyone out there have a take on this?