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Clippers owner Sterling remains confused why his team doesn't win, attract big names

Aug 17, 2010, 2:26 PM EDT

dsterling.jpgIt’s easy to go for the easy joke when talking about Donald Sterling, owner of the Clippers. Too easy. The snark almost writes itself. And we do love our snark in these parts.

But what’s genuinely amazing about interviews with him is how disconnected from the reality on the ground he seems to be. His lack of understanding of his reputation and the team’s reputation. How that influences free agents and others.

Sterling was at the Clippers unveiling of their new uniforms and got needled by Los Angeles Times sportswriter and curmudgeon T.J. Simers, who loves to have fun with those who don’t get it.

Like how they went after LeBron and ended up with Randy Foye and Ryan Gomes.

Or, as Sterling put it, “If I really called the shots we wouldn’t have signed Gomes and what’s the other guy’s name?

You know, they told me if we built a new practice facility we’d attract all the top players in the game,” Sterling adds. “I guess I should have doubled the size of this place.”

Sterling believes the Clippers should have had a better shot at LeBron and doesn’t really understand why he focused elsewhere. He brushes aside the idea that LeBron was impacted by the fact Sterling has been taken to court by former coach Mike Dunleavey, who is trying to collect money on his guaranteed contract. (Former general manager Elgin Baylor also in suing the Clippers.) Sterling said Dunleavy quit, which is different than the reality the rest of us live in where Sterling fired him.

The jokes are easy, but in reality it is all just sad. This is a franchise that has so much potential.  It has potential on the court too, but you know even if everyone stays healthy there will be something to sabotage that success soon enough. And Sterling will just not understand why.

  1. yeah buddy - Aug 17, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    how about the fact that off the court, behind closed doors, he’s a racist selfish alcoholic.
    alot of skeletons in that mans closet

  2. Lion Woods - Aug 17, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    Loser! I didn’t like it when I heard that the JV Clippers would be sharing a court with the Varsity Lakers. I wish they would move back to San Diego. They do not deserve to be in the same building with the Lakers. From the owner on down the Clippers are the NBA equivalent of the Detroit Lions. What does that tell you.

  3. johnmaine - Aug 17, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    J.R. Moehringer, author of the LeBron James GQ piece, was interviewed & has some FASCINATING things to say.

  4. Zachariah Blott - Aug 17, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    Here’s an article detailing 6 teams, including the Clippers, who have no direction and suggestions for a basic plan.

  5. craigolney - Aug 17, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    Move the Clippers to Vegas!!!
    Or send them to Seattle or Baltimore. Those cities deserve another shot at NBA teams. It really makes the Clippers look like a joke around the league. Give them their own identity away from the Lakers.

  6. dBall - Aug 17, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    Sell team,
    Move team,
    Change nickname,
    Change colors.

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