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Question for Bloggers. Over the last two days, was there a part of you as Clipper fans, that thought you may not be able to root for this team again? I would like to hear the emotions you guys were going through .
Never a question in my mind that I would not be able to root for this team. At the core of this, we as Clipper fans root and support the team and not the owner when we know DTS to be the scumbag that he is. The last couple of days made me want to root more for the team because they were in the crossfire of all this controversy. You have to feel for the players because they are directly affected by DTS’ words. The guys at 710 ESPN are a joke especially Willard and Thompson who wouldn’t go to the game yesterday. I’m proud of every fan who was at Staples Center last night. I wasn’t able to make it out to the game but it was definitely a game I wanted to be at. The team needed our support and we supported them.
If Sterling stayed in power and the players refused to play for him, you would still root for the team? That is the scenario I was referring to. Should have been more specific.
Had Sterling stayed in power, I would have had no doubt that commissioner Adam Silver shut down the Clippers franchise. Defunct, contract, dead. It would have required Silver to make the claim that Sterling rigged games against the Clippers to help other teams, including the Lakers (whom he helped by Sterling loaning money to Dr. Jerry Buss in 1979, then joining the NBA at the behest of Dr. Buss). Rigging is a felony in America; any business that fixes prices or competition is illegal and would immediately be shut down.
Too bad they don’t take into consideration post season play for Defensive Player of the Year. DJ has destroyed either Joakim Noah or Roy Hibbert
Was Steven Jackson in the building? We were making love to pressure there at the end. Up until Hilton Armstrong’s 3 at least.
Of the six owners rumored to want to purchase the Clippers – David Geffen, Patrick Soon-Shiong, Larry Ellison, Rick Caruso, Sean “Puffy” Combs/Puff Daddy, Magic Johnson, Chris Hensen (at the risk of relocation) – which owner do you believe will run the team fairly, ethically and competitively?
Geffen would be my choice
Floyd Mayweather+ Oscar De La Hoya are also rumored which is interesting although definitely not happening. Mayweather has his own past racist comments.
I would choose Magic Johnson from those, no is more beloved by NBA players than Magic.
I’d prefer Magic, err the Guggenheim group out of this….I think it would be a bit odd, maybe even slightly conspiracy theorist, that the basis of of all this was an instagram picture of Sterling’s hooker, because, let’s face it, that’s what this woman who entrapped Sterling is, was canoodling with Magic ( why is Magic taking pictures with prostitutes anyways? This woman, in a different way is disgusting just like Sterling? Then the group with Magic as a figurehead ends up owning the team?Sounds slightly wonky to me…..No thanks. let’s wash our hands completely of this…
I second Magic Johnson.
As much I love Sterling gone from the NBA and the Clippers,
is the league sending a wrong message to society that even if you do not realize that you are tape or recorded, you can still be recorded and be penalized? Would that violate privacy rights? Can Sterling somehow get back the team or he is forever gone (this one I very favor)?
It took an illegal recording to get of this man, this monster. Sterling was a slippery eel. Even if you witnessed his discriminatory views front hand, he would get away with it using the courts. He even bribed and conspired to keep his character hidden from public view. There was no other choice, but to go all illegal on his ass (pardon my profanity, Clipperblog Live).
I don’t know if Vanessa Stiviano is a hero or a spy, but what she did in exposing Sterling – she indirectly saved the team from his clutches.
It is a “slippery slope” but it have to be done.
I think its important to mention that the NBA isn’t taking legal action against Sterling. And second private life definitely can effect work life. Let’s say hypothetically, if a worker at a Business X is found out to be lets say a neo-nazi in his private life and it gets spread around that Business X hires neo-nazi’s it will result in a bad reputation for the business. Even though the worker was a model citizen at work, didn’t ever advertise his views at work, and it got found out unintentionally; its still likely he would get fired if it results in the company losing customers. Now Donald Sterling isn’t that model citizen in the example, he’s more like the worker who comes late every day, racks up endless amounts of complaints from customers, and pretty much every other worker thinks he’s an ass hole; so you gotta bet he’s gonna be gone.
The NBA simply has to argue that Sterling being owner is bad for business and hurts the NBA then they are in their right to remove him. It doesn’t necessarily matter if the recordings are legal or not as its more about Sterlings public reputation and how it hurts the league as a whole (Aside the point but a funny thing to note is Sterling reportedly hired her to record his conversations so it might be legal) The fact that all those sponsors left is pretty strong evidence that its hurting the league. He will inevitably and eventually be gone but he could create a long legal battle which would result in the ownership not being settled over the summer like us fans might hope.
Owning an NBA team is a privilege and not that right. DTS has overtly and covertly violated his privilege for so many years yet the NBA and David Stern swept it under the rug. His rights weren’t penalized as there is no criminal prosecution brought against him in this. Everyone has a right to their opinions protected by the First Amendment. However, with great power (and wealth) comes great responsibility and DTS failed in his responsibility as an NBA owner to set live up to the standards and beliefs the NBA professes of inclusion, tolerance, and acceptance. If he’s forced to sell the team, he will get paid way above what the market value of this team is to sweeten the deal just to go away forever.
Great win. Looking back at this weekend, seemed unnecessary for everything to go down now as apposed to say, after the playoffs. Like trying to burn down the village to get to one man. Can the NBA also ban V. Stiviano for life? [V for Vendetta] Also, with the team’s current structure, can we sign multiple max players into the luxury tax and put it on Sterling’s tab?
Playoff Widow Appearance!
After Sterling gone, are you in favor in changing team’s name, location, and color to get rid every reminiscence of Sterling?
I prefer to keep the same and win with this same name and color.
Definitely should stay in Los Angeles. I would be down with a different color scheme.
Only a $1,000,000 Application Fee when inquiring for ownership.
The first round has exposed a lot of teams. The Clippers seem like the best team in the West as they have the fewest weaknesses. They are a better team than Golden St. and should win the series. If they do manage to overcome the emotional toll of the Sterling episode, no team in the west will beat them.
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