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New legal filings against Clippers should make Blake Griffin cry

Jan 7, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

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Any time you feel yourself start to nod in agreement when someone says, “You know, with Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon, the Clippers are a team on the rise,” come back and read this post.

ESPN got a hold of more legal filings in former Clipper GM Elgin Baylor’s wrongful termination lawsuit against the team and Clippers owner Donald Sterling, and published excerpts at TrueHoop. (Very possibly Baylor’s team of attorneys leaked the papers as they futilely try to embarrass the Clippers into settling the matter.)

Those documents paint the picture we all know exists — Sterling is an owner that cares about profit far more than winning.

(Former coach and GM Mike) Dunleavy said that Sterling “always told me to give him a great player and he’d pay for him, but there were several players I wanted to sign and we didn’t because Sterling refused to spend the money. The Clippers’ biggest concern was making a profit.”

All of Baylor’s comments came with a racial overtone because he has said that played a factor in his being let go.

“Because of the Clippers unwillingness to fairly compensate African-American players we lost a lot of good talent, including Danny Manning, Charles Smith, Michael Cage, Ron Harper, Dominique Wilkins, [Corey] Maggette and others,” Baylor said.

The latest documents include Dunleavy talking about how Baylor became marginalized within the organization while holding on to the title of GM and being a face of the franchise. Then there is the ugly, sensational part of what was leaked.

“While ignoring my suggestions and isolating me from decisions customarily reserved for general managers, the Clippers attempted to place the blame for the team’s failures on me,” Baylor said in the declaration. “During this same period, players Sam Cassell, Elton Brand and Corey Maggette complained to me that DONALD STERLING would bring women into the locker room after games, while the players were showering, and make comments such as, ‘Look at those beautiful black bodies.’ I brought this to Sterling’s attention, but he continued to bring women into the locker room.”

Combine that with Sterling heckling Baron Davis from courtside seats, and you get a picture of how this franchise is really run.

Right now there is a real national buzz about the Clippers, and it has been a long time since you could say that. People across the land are tuning in to see Griffin play basketball — he is an attraction, a storyline, a show unto himself.

This is not going to end well with Griffin. It’s just not. The history of Sterling and Clippers is littered with chances like this that all go by the wayside. This ultimately will be no different.

  1. tubal22 - Jan 7, 2011 at 7:10 PM

    Sterling is a douche, but so is Baylor. If it was so bad, why did he stay and collect a check?

  2. oumoonunit - Jan 8, 2011 at 1:47 AM

    To the Thunder in a few years.

  3. jimsjam33 - Jan 8, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    More of the same . Baylor was hired because he was a Los Angeles Laker ” Hall of Famer ” and perhaps could draw some fans into the stands . He was never a good GM because in the clipper organization Andy roeser and don Sterling made all the important decisions . Baylor was a figurehead . No more no less and he knew it , the players knew it , and least of all the fans knew it . I hope the courts know it in time .
    Now as far as the Clippers . With the addition of Blake Griffin to the team the Clippers are now the fourth most exciting team in the league . The most exciting is Miami , followed by the Celtics , Oklahoma City and the Clippers. The reason why is Blake Griffin , Eric Gorden , Deandre Jordan and Baron Davis . No , the Clippers are not an overpowering team , but to watch they are a high trapize (sp ?) act. The most watchable player right now in the NBA is not LeBron James or Kobe Byrant . It’s Blake Griffin period . Case closed !

    • trey14jewels - Jan 2, 2012 at 12:52 AM

      1st off, I can’t believe that no one has noticed the fact that Eric Gordon doesn’t even play for the Clippers anymore. 2nd, The Celtics are the 2nd most exciting team in the league? Lmao, that’s like saying a retirement home is more exciting than 28 strip clubs.

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