A Sterling Flashback (warning, DTS News is Never Good News)

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for those new fans that don't know the old donald. feel free to ask danny manning, elgin baylor, or pretty much anyone that worked under him back in the day.

...including paul phipps.

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With the addition of Doc Rivers and the apparent return of Chris Paul, the Los Angeles Clippers are-along with the Brooklyn Nets-the hottest NBA franchise this offseason. It almost allows people to believe that Donald Sterling, the team's longtime crazy owner, is righteous in his pursuits.

Which makes me think of Paul Phipps.

Those who really, really, really follow the NBA might remember Phipps as the Clippers' general manager back from October, 1982 until April, 1984. He was a well-regarded executive; a nice man with genuine credibility and an eye for talent. I interviewed him several months ago for a book about the NBA in the 1980s. He told me a story about Sterling that didn't make the final pages, but stands out nonetheless.

According to Phipps, during his time with the team he conducted a search for a head coach to replace the fired Paul Silas. "We needed someone different," Phipps told me, "and one of the first guys we talked to was Rollie Massimino." At the time, Massimino was coaching Villanova, and was known as a guy on the rise. "He flew in, and Pete Babcock (the director of player personnel) and I were impressed. He was very organized, he had a great philosophy, we liked his approach to practice. When we got done with him, he had to fly from San Diego to Los Angeles, then Los Angeles back to Philly. Don told us he'd like to meet with him. Oh, boy." Sterling told Phipps he'd sit down with Massimino at the gate inside Los Angeles International Airport. "We told Rollie he's a bit eccentric," Phipps said. "He'll probably have his shirt open and six gold chains sticking out.

"Don," Phipps continued, "liked to have other women outside his marriage. There was one blonde girl in particular who was his friend."

Anyhow, according to Phipps, Massimino boarded the jet, and when he landed in Los Angeles he exited the walkway and spotted Sterling. "They met," said Phipps, "and between 3 and 4 in the morning my phone rings." It was an irate Massimino. "I'm sorry," he told Phipps, "but I'd never work for that son of a bitch. Ever."

Phipps, half asleep, sat up on his bed and asked what went wrong. "Here's this guy," Massimino said, "and he has this blonde bimbo with him, they have a bottle of champagne, they're tanked. And Don looks at me and he says, 'I want to know why you think you can coach these niggers.'"

Massimino told Phipps he began screaming at Sterling and swore he'd rather die than become coach of the Clippers. "That," said Phipps, "was life with Donald Sterling."


dont know if it's progress, but donald's now paying an african-american coach a league high $7million over 3 years. equally surprising, he's employed 6 black head coaches in his tenure- sure some of them were interim, but whatever (silas, don chaney, mack calvin, alvin gentry, dennis johnson, doc rivers)

i don't feel like doing the research, but id really like to find out which team has employed the most black head coaches in its history.

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Didn't read lol

Maybe later.

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Old age can sometimes do that to. Makes you reflect about the past

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dont forget kim hughes.

For these kind of things Is easy for another team to root against the clips. But then again, you dont make or unmake fan of a team because of their owner. Is Sterling a INSERT INSULT HERE? Probably. I wasnt there so I dont know, but I dont think this is a media operation that since 2000 wants to deliberaterly sink DTS, so these rumours are probably true. With that being said, should that make me less of a clipper fan? No chance in hell.

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You mean to tell me DTS is a racist scumbag?

You don't say.....

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FWIW, 12 of the NBA head coaches right now are black.

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Sterling's ownership will always bother me. The better the team is, the easier for me to cope with it. And no, I don't give him credit for a damn thing regarding our recent success. He just realized being absolute garbage is not as lucrative as, you know, not being garbage.

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He was an a***** and still is but at least he is willing to open his pocketbook now.

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As a fan, I really don't give a sh*t about DTS. I root for the Clippers not for him. But I hate the guy because I felt like he didn't do his part, which is to spend money to put our team in a better position to win. I'm glad he changed as an owner, but I don't know about his philosophy in life.I really believe in second chance, people do change and I've seen it.Who knows, his son's death probably woke him up. I really hope DTS changes as a person not only as an owner.

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That's my Don!

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Perfect timing.

Clipper 6th Man
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Way to ruin the excitement. People like this will probably never win. Bad karma.

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if you don't want the owner,you should be a fan of another team,you cannot do anything about it DTS has the money to own a team whether you like it or not he is the owner of the LA Clippers.

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All of we long timers know this stuff,I just figured he bumped his head really really hard about 4 years back and has never truly recovered,which of course is great for us.

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Bro that was 1980. Bogus to think a man can't change in 33 years. I was changed in one day from who I used to be.

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Agree 100%. This is really being brought up right now? 30 years later? Bet bill Simmons is behind this Wink

Clipper 6th Man
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LOL Elgin Baylor, the only man to suck so hard at his job yet keep it for 22 years.

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a LOT of bad stuff has happened off the court in those 33 years. we all know the incidents. plus, one of my friends actually used to work for the guy and came home with outrageous stories. total sleezeball.

obviously, just an FYI post. nothing else.

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I agree. I think DTS has made great strides over the past decade. I'm not saying he's completely cleaned up his act, but I don't think he is anywhere near what he used to be. I think that players and coaches would be more reserved about coming here and players wouldn't be out recruiting like they have (for example Grant Hill) if behind the scenes something was still wrong.

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Wagner was a flaming douche bag (an interesting visual) and a rabid anti semite but they now play his music in Israel.

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