Future of the Clippers Franchise; NBA to Make Sterling Sell? (P. 5)

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tense2
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My guess is, by late tonight or tomorrow morning, Sterling will be suspended and the process of finding a new owner will begin to take place. It won't be an overnight process though, it'll take a little time. All will OK.

AirGriffin
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Great Read. Action can be taken to seize Donald Sterling's ownership away from him.

I have a very good feeling he will be gone sooner than we think.

http://m.espn.go.com/general/story?stor ... rc=desktop

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Exactly. I think he's an opportunist and is helping creative an environment to monetarily gain over helping the social injustice that's been done. hell, when he got HIV, he was very reluctant to be a spokesperson for AIDS. In the end, all he did was help himself.

A modern day Gordon Gekko

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Sounds more like a opinion if you ask me.

tense2
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No, not in this situation. I'd gladly welcome him, but as I've said before, if I could choose someone to buy this club it would be David Geffen.

JQuick32
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No, I call it speaking the truth and rescuing a downtrodden fanbase from the tyranny of DTS (like he rescued Dodgers fans from the McCourts).

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Yep, and I feel that if the suspension is long enough it will instantly clear our players minds and they can actually focus on basketball for the remainder of the postseason.

tense2
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OK, your opinion. Smile

comeONcraig
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NOW! nope didn't happen... haha. i really hope so. we just need this franchise to rise up again and away from all the negativity that DTS epitomizes.

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downtrodden fanbase? You must be leading the charge cause I think we've just been empowered.

BennyBeFly
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Wow! Great freaking article. There is definitely some light at the end of this tunnel.

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Yeah, if I had his money I'd "rescue" teams too. Being a "rescuer" makes you look great and pays really well.

I'm surprised those guys who opportunistically take stuff from stores during civil unrest get arrested for looting, when really they're just "rescuing" that stuff.

JQuick32
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Looting would be Magic barging into Sterling's office, shoving Donald out of the way and declaring himself the owner. If he gets the team, it will be a legal transaction. Sorry to disappoint.

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Directly from Magic Johnson himself:

Earvin Magic Johnson ‏@MagicJohnson

To NBA Fans, I want to put a stop to a rumor. I am not trying to buy the Clippers, they already have an owner.

So, I guess we can assume that either he isn't going to be our owner or he is lying, which is a possibility.

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Further perpetuating unrest to position yourself to take over a business = corporate looting.

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Ah but he can do it another way:

A hostile takeover. he uses the 29 other owners to make Sterling sell and then he swoops in like a vulture to take it.

AirGriffin
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Yup. Sterling is as good as gone, I doubt they will even consider his feelings and if he wants to sell or not cause he ain't gonna have a choice Wink

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Translation:

I am not trying to buy the Clippers while they still have an owner...But I am not ruling out my intentions if the situation changes.

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Is David Geffen even still in play? I remember he wanted to buy the team in 2009 I think.

He would be perfect though. It would be nice to see an NBA owner who didn't make his money off of suing people for a living.

He's also openly gay, so I'd like to think he wouldn't be intolerant towards anybody.

JQuick32
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He has to say that because the team isn't for sale yet. Notice how he points out that "they already have an owner" when it's very likely this won't be the case for long.

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There's no proof of that. Sterling himself made the 29 other owners step in by spewing out racist garbage over the phone. Unless Magic was moving his lips for him or somehow forced him to read off a script, there's only one person to point to here and it ain't Magic.

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The bad part for the NBA ,Sterling is just waiting for their move and then counter with a big bang,this guy will never slow down he will give a great fight in and out of the court.

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That basically sums it up with Magic's tweet. It's a carefully-worded tweet that means nothing and is only there to avoid any appearance of impropriety.

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He was the FIRST person to say he should sell the Clippers on National television. He was the first to say he doesn't belong in NBA as a owner. He also misrepresented what DTS said about not bringing blacks to the game. Magic said he doesn't want any blacks in his games when that was never true to begin with. he twisted his words to make worse when all Sterling said was that SHE not bring any blacks with her to games. You think Magic wasn't aware of what he was doing? he was. He went on National TV to influence the masses. Don't be naive.

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Now you're getting it.

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That still doesn't mean there's a vast conspiracy. It just means that in the wake of Woj's article, he needs some tangible proof that he isn't tampering because otherwise Sterling WILL accuse him of doing so.

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I don't care if Magic Johnson had to fight 47 midgets to become the new Clippers owner, he'd still be better than Donald and at this point that's all I care about.

Preference: 1. Geffen 2. Magic 3. Soon-Shiong

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Funny how the rumors of his group being interested in the Clippers were out there before the scandal broke, though... And funny how he made Sterling's comments appear even worse than they actually were... And funny how he called for Sterling's expulsion immediately... And funny how it was the slut's picture with him that started the whole thing... And funny how he feels the need to preemptively fight off accusations of impropriety.

LuckTheFakers
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Lost in all of this is that Sterling actually has been a good owner since Dunleavy convinced him to open his pocketbooks. We finally signed some quality free agents, got the new practice facility, and were becoming relevant. I guess it's good for "the world" to vilify Sterling's awful personal views, but, frankly, it really sucks for the Clippers and us fans. Where was this outrage fifteen years ago when it actually would have been hugely beneficial to us to get a better owner in place?

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P.S.

Wonder who the real "slut" is...the one who's married or the one who isn't.

JQuick32
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cleepers wrote:
Funny how the rumors of his group being interested in the Clippers were out there before the scandal broke, though...

Since when? I don't recall seeing anything about that until this morning.

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And funny how he made Sterling's comments appear even worse than they actually were...

I'm sure he was in an emotional state about it because he was called out for no reason by the league's biggest piece of trash and misremembered his words.

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And funny how he called for Sterling's expulsion immediately...

As are at least 15 owners, a ton of players around the league, and nearly all NBA fans.

Michael Jordan called for DTS to leave too. Oooh, that must mean he's tampering to sell the Hornets and buy the Clippers! roll

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And funny how it was the slut's picture with him that started the whole thing...

And yet this "conspiracy" would have never even gotten off the ground if Sterling never saw the picture to begin with or never got on the phone. Then what?

JQuick32
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When an article comes out saying you're interested in buying a team that isn't for sale yet, that's what you HAVE to do.

RonD
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That's why David Stern and the owners are the biggest offenders next to Sterling. They did nothing then, but have no choice now. In a year when Paul Dean and Riley Cooper were dragged through the media, how can anyone be surprised that this is happening.

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Agree he has been a good owner as I read in the past he is the only owner in the time of lockout that did not stop the paycheck to players.

LuckTheFakers
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It's really just the witchhunt mentality (KAJ makes a very good "Lord of the Flies" analogy in this opinion piece: ]http://time.com/79590/donald-sterling-kareem-abdul-jabbar-racism/. You see it from the owners, the media, and even fans here. We've all known about Sterling for years. We brushed it off because it didn't affect our daily lives, and I don't think it affected the players very much either (only ones I can think of were Maggs complaining that DTS was bringing women into the locker room and Baron Davis saying Sterling was heckling him, which was actually kind of funny since Davis deserved it for being so fukkin out of shape). But when social media digs in and amps up the pressure-- "OMG you work for a RACIST??" -- everyone has to give their two cents. Suddenly Doc is this man mired in this huge moral dilemma even though this is nothing new. Suddenly Mark Jackson is saying we need to unite in solidarity and to the right thing-- as if he's one to talk. Give me a break. It's all so manufactured it makes me sick.

LuckTheFakers
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The biggest hypocrisy IMO comes from the NAACP, who Sterling has been contributing to for years (probably as damage control). They were SOOOOO happy to take his money and give him awards but now, only now, they are outraged?

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They are all bunch of hypocrites, in this drama the true losers are the long time Clipper fans , what are real disappoiment this is the time we have a good chance for the championship.

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Unbelievable how some people are revising history with Sterling. The ONLY good thing he did was open the wallet for players. Since that time (roughly around '03), he still had the Baylor lawsuit, the discrimination lawsuit, the "beautiful black bodies" incident, forced the players to pay for an assistant coach's medical procedure, had to be shamed into paying Dumbleavy after he got fired, wouldn't pay Olshey, had the "Black History Month" incident, heckled Baron from the stands, tried to save Vinny's job when nobody else wanted him back, turned the Doc negotiations into a circus, shut down the Ariza trade and nearly the Redick trade, almost got Doc to step down after a month on the job, and now this. He has ALWAYS been a piece of **** owner, he just finally learned to shut the **** up more over the last 3-4 years until now.

Believe it or not, your homerism doesn't have to extend to the piece of **** owner when everybody knows he's a piece of **** who needs to be gone from this franchise.

Dunkathon
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I would rep you if I could for this. Honestly, at this point, I feel MORE optimistic than when the scandal first broke. Adam Silver has to understand that if Sterling isn't forced out, he won't just damage the Clippers. He'll damage the entire NBA. I see Magic and his Guggenheim friends (or another billionaire type) taking over the team sooner rather than later. While I have my doubts about their ability to lead the team, they've certainly proven their willingness to spend money, and they're certainly better than DTS.

AirGriffin
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I love how everyone is speculating Magic being involved in a conspiracy hahahahaha give me a break! The dude is just so heavily involved because HIS name was brought up in the tape recording. The. Girlfriend had a picture with HIM on Instagram! Well no sh*t it'll make Magic relevant. I don't think Magic is bashing him to the masses to gain control of the team, he was bashing him for the same reason Lil Wayne, Kobe, Michael Jordan have, cause be made vile, disgusting remarks. Only way out for Sterling is to sell the team and magic saw that as a good opportunity and so would u if u were a billionaire. It's mind blowing how many of u actaully think so lowly of magic and are opposed to him becoming our owner cause u think he manipulated his way here. Lol come on guys get a grip.

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Yeah, but opening the wallet for the players (and the practice facility) is really the only important role an owner has. That-- not all of the stupid fines and twittering and what not-- is what made Mark Cuban a good owner early on (not as much now). I don't really care about what Sterling's frugality does as long as it doesn't affect the product on the court-- the Baylor/Dunleavy stuff is a bit ridiculous but it didn't prevent us from landing a good coach). IIRC, the Ariza veto was because he didn't want to screw with the lockerrom chemistry or maybe he just liked Butler. Point being, there's not a lot on paper that said Sterling wasn't doing his job as an owner and we apparently were all fine with it since I don't see a bunch of threads on this forum calling for his head before last week. So what really changed? Did this tape really tell you something you didn't know? I'd think either the outrage was present before (since his previous discrimination is far worse than this and had just as much bearing on basketball-- that is to say none), or you are joining in the witchhunt.

Me, I'm just pissed because this is basically ruining what was turning out to be a great season for us. I knew Sterling was a horrible person just like you all did but I tolerated it because it didn't affect my life one bit until now. So it just feels a bit hypocritical to say you are outraged because he's a piece of ****. Be outraged because he's messing up our playoff run if you want.

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Well, Mrs. Sterling doesn't seem to have a problem with her husband taking his concubines out in public or she would have filed a very expensive divorce suit. However, Mr. Sterling evidently prefers his mistress to sleep with her black friends on the low.

But yes, maybe I should have called her a b!tch instead... more appropriate for a woman who illegally records private conversations for the sole purpose of revenge, unconcerned with how many innocent people may get hurt by her little scheme.

JQuick32
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We weren't calling for Sterling's head before because the product on the court was good and he wasn't embarrassing himself in public like he used to. We're now calling for his head because he really fucked up this time and might have sent us back to the dark ages at the worst possible time. If you can't understand that, I don't know what to tell you.

And no, signing checks is not the only thing an owner does. Owners set the tone for the whole franchise and DTS set a tone of dysfunction and futility for 99.9% of his tenure.

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How do we know the tapes are illegal? Donald's camp says he didn't give consent, the "bitch"'s lawyers claim he did. It's one side's word against the other's and since DTS' word is lower than dirt, I personally believe he consented - and if he did, it's legal.

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The great way to show displeasure to Mr Sterling is to return the paychecks tomorrow's game.They don't need this money coming from racist owner.

LuckTheFakers
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Absolutely. If the players and coaches really want to make a statement, simply strike until he is removed. But they won't do this because the money means more to them than the cause. The moral outrage is mostly manufactured-- at the very least from the owners' side since these guys all knew about Sterling for years. They have to say the right thing to avoid being grouped in with a known racist, but that doesn't mean they are willing to back it if it ends up hitting them in the wallet.

JQuick32
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Actually, no. The players' paychecks represent money that DTS can't have anymore. Why reward him by reversing that and putting that money back in his pocket?

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Nice post!

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By any means necessary to rid the franchise of this scum. Sometimes sting operations actually work out for the better.

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