Everything you need to know heading into the weekend in the world of sports.

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Earlier this week, disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling talked to CNN’s Anderson Cooper in a bizarre interview where he spewed more hate and attacked Magic Johnson. Adam started off his show on Tuesday saying that the NBA needs to expedite the process of kicking him out of the league.

This interview on CNN did nothing to help Sterling’s public image, which raises the question why he agreed to it in the first place. As long as Sterling continues to be associated with the Clippers, this will continue to be an awkward situation for everybody involved as the NBA offseason approaches. Roger Mason Jr. of the NBPA told Adam a few weeks ago that the players want Sterling out by the NBA Draft, and commissioner Adam Silver has said that the NBA wants to expedite the process.

Interview of the Week

Stephen Jones, the COO, Executive VP and Director of Player Personnel for the Dallas Cowboys joined Adam Schein on Wednesday and broke down what the Cowboys did in the NFL Draft. Jones confirmed that they looked at Johnny Manziel “long and hard” (an idea that Adam previously said was horrible), but ultimately chose Notre Dame offensive lineman Zach Martin because of his versatility. He also said that Tony Romo is progressing well off of back surgery, explained how tough a decision it was for Dallas to part ways with DeMarcus Ware, and asserted that “without a doubt,” Jason Garrett can lead Dallas to the Super Bowl.

This is a must listen if you’re a Cowboys fan.

Underrated Story of the Week

There was a lot of discussion on Schein on Sports with Steve Kerr’s decision to coach the Golden State Warriors over joining good friend Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks. Kerr’s agent, Mike Tannenbaum, joined the show and said that Kerr chose Golden State for family reasons, as well as the talent on the roster.

The underrated aspect of this story is Kerr coaching the Warriors. Everybody is talking about Phil Jackson failing to get his top guy, but how will Kerr manage the Warriors talented roster in his first head coaching job? Steph Curry is an excellent shooter, and he should be a good fit with what Kerr wants to do. The Warriors have more roster flexibility than the Knicks do, as well as a better and younger superstar. It really shouldn’t be that much of a surprise that Kerr took the Golden State job. He now inherits a roster that won 51 games this past season before losing in seven games to the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

GIF of the week

Lundqvist

Frustrations started to settle in for the Penguins in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Rangers. Sidney Crosby speared Dominic Moore in the groin in the closing moments of the second period and Henrik Lundqvist didn’t take too kindly to Crosby’s antics. The King gave Sid the Kid a good dousing from his water bottle as he skated past.

Lundqvist was fined $5,000 for his actions, but the Rangers ultimately had the last laugh by completing a comeback from down 3-1 to beat the Penguins and advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

GIF courtesy of The PensBlog

5 Things to Watch This Weekend

  1. The Eastern Conference finals begin this weekend, as the New York Rangers visit the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday afternoon. The Habs won the season series two games to one, with every game resulting in a shutout behind strong goaltending from Peter Budaj, Cam Talbot and Carey Price. We won’t see the backups in this series though; Price will take on fellow Olympic gold medalist Henrik Lundqvist in an outstanding match-up of netminders.
  2. The Anaheim Ducks host their SoCal rivals, the Los Angeles Kings, in Game 7 of their Western Conference semifinal series, with the winner taking on the Chicago Blackhawks. The never-say-die Kings are already 5-0 in the playoffs this year when facing elimination, and have the more experienced goaltender in Jonathan Quick. Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals takes place Sunday at 3 pm ET.
  3. The second leg of horse racing’s triple crown takes place Saturday afternoon with the Preakness Stakes. California Chrome is a huge favorite to win the Preakness, as he attempts to keep alive his chances of becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
  4. Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals in the NBA tips off at 3 pm ET on Sunday, as the Miami Heat visit the top seed Indiana Pacers. These have been the two best teams in the East throughout the entire NBA season, but Indiana’s late-season struggles have continued into the playoffs. To their credit, they survived a seven-game series against the eighth-seeded Atlanta Hawks and disposed of the Washington Wizards in six games to get to this point, but Miami has looked far better during the playoffs – the Heat swept the Charlotte Bobcats and beat the Brooklyn Nets in five games. Indiana and Miami split the season series, with the home team winning every game. The Western Conference finals between the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder begins on Monday.
  5. The best series in MLB this weekend has the Detroit Tigers visiting the Boston Red Sox for a three-game set. The Tigers have jumped out to a 24-12 record and lead the AL Central by six games over Kansas City, while the defending champs are 20-20 after improving their play of late. Max Scherzer and Jon Lester are the scheduled starting pitchers for the opener on Friday, and the two teams will have the spotlight to themselves on Sunday Night Baseball as well.

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