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This Is How It Always Ends for the Clippers, One Way or Another

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See ya down the road, Paul George.Image: AP

It almost feels like the Clippers are being euthanized for the second straight year. Much like Kevin Durant did this postseason, Paul George just ran out of gas trying to make up for what wasn’t there.

But there’s been something heavy about the Clippers ever since the summer of 2019. It tends to follow Kawhi Leonard around. We know that last year’s Clippers were a pretty miserable experience. It didn’t feel much lighter this time around.

Perhaps that’s partly due to the Clippers-ness of the whole thing. Every time they feel like they’ve cracked the code and might actually go somewhere they haven’t been before, which they did this year to be fair, it weighs on the whole thing. That’s what happens when you’re a decidedly little brother in L.A., and have been a punchline for the whole league for most of your existence. It feels like it has to work this time, or it’ll feel like it’ll never happen even more, and the darkness only gets soupier.

But it also has followed Kawhi. He came into the league with a Spurs team that had an established culture and hierarchy, and they made two Finals and won a title. But once the team was about him, it was a couple of years of whether they measured up and will he or won’t he and stories like apple time. 

He was clearly Toronto’s best player for one year, but again, kind of an established team and culture, even if Nick Nurse was moving from assistant to head coach. And everyone knew he was out of there in one year, and everyone was fine with it and could go along with whatever in a limited dose.

This Clippers experience has slogged in the same way the end of San Antonio’s did, with the uncertainty over whether he’ll bolt this summer weighing on everything alongside just being the Clippers. George seemed unburdened without him around, though only for a handful of games.

To be determined, but once again, the Clippers are eliminated and just about everyone around it looks just as relieved as Paul was to make the Finals for the first time.

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This Week in the Ladies Room: Megan Rapinoe

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Welcome to the Ladies Room – A Deadspin Sports Podcast.

Each week, we’ll talk about the latest in the sports world and beyond, chat with guests who have a lot to say, and generally hang out and have fun for 45 minutes.

In our latest episode, hosts Jane McManus and Julie DiCaro sit down with USWNT and NWSL superstar Megan Rapinoe to talk about the ongoing fight for equal pay, how brands have responded to her being unapologetically herself, heading to Tokyo, and shutting out the haters when the Hater-in-Chief lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Plus, we chat about the outstanding new HBO USWNT doc “Let’s F*cking Go.” And are brands evolving as quickly on social issues as they should?

Then Jane and Julie talk discuss the latest development in fair pay for college athletes and console each other over a day that gave us graphic sexual assault allegations against the Dodgers’ Trevor Bauer, Bill Cosby’s release from prison due to prosecutorial misconduct, and the Portland Trailblazers farcical “investigations” into Chauncey Billups’ past. Not a great day for women or sexual assault victims.

New episodes drop weekly, and you can listen wherever you get your podcasts. If you like the show, we hope you’ll subscribe and leave a review over at Apple Podcasts. You can listen to Megan Rapinoe and every episode here.

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Now We Can All Laugh About Bobby Bonilla Day

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Baseball genius, indeed.Screenshot: Mint Wireless

With the Wilpons out of the picture in Queens, Bobby Bonilla Day has changed.

No longer is paying more than $1 million every July 1 to a guy who retired in 2001 something never to be talked about, a source of shame for owners who got involved in Bernie Madoff’s infamous Ponzi scheme and thought that the deferred money on a free-agent flop’s contract would simply be paid out of the interest they were earning on investments. Under Steve Cohen, it’s now a chance to look back and have a chuckle. The new owner, after all, is a legitimate billionaire, for whom Bonilla’s annual payout can be fished out from under a couch cushion.

In fact, the Mets have now turned it into a corporate partnership, bringing back Bonilla to introduce an Airbnb deal where fans have an opportunity to sleep over at the ballpark, in the lap of million-dollar luxury.

But it’s not just the Mets. In addition to cashing in the way he does every year, Bonilla has his own new endorsement, 20 years after his last major league game.

Playing off his famous contract, Bonilla is in two new ads for a cell service company, Mint Mobile, promoting a deal for a 25-year phone plan. Bonilla is billed as “Baseball Genius,” and says that his “secret” to looking so good at age 58 is “extremely long-term deals.”

In the second ad, Bonilla talks about the “hate mail” that he receives every year on July 1, and offers the phone plan as a sort of apology, calling it “the Bobby Bonilla deal of wireless.”

“So, we good?” Bonilla asks at the end.

For all the laughs that we’ve already gotten at the Mets’ expense over the years, we absolutely are. And now both the team and Bonilla are in on it. Welcome to the party, and happy Bobby Bonilla Day.

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