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Clippers interim CEO says team “will become America’s team if we get this right”

May 12, 2014, 6:01 PM EDT

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When the Clippers are sold out of the Sterlings’ control — and they will be sold, eventually, one way or another — the franchise will fetch a record price. Most people around the league expect a figure around $1 billion. Yes, with a “B.”

David Parsons, the new interim CEO of the Clippers, said his job is to “make sure the boat still floats” until that happens. He’s got to keep the sale price up.

Parsons came off as straight forward in his first meeting with the media, which took place Monday afternoon in Los Angeles. Parsons is the former CEO of Time Warner and the former president of Citigroup. He’s the man appointed by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to run the Clippers until the sale of the team.

Parsons described his role as “conservator” and “proxy owner” who is in Los Angeles to steer the ship now that owner Donald Sterling has been given a lifetime ban by Silver, and with former team president Andy Roeser on an indefinite leave of absence from the team. Somebody needed to be in charge, Parsons has been given the job for now. The league is paying him, he said, not the Clippers.

Parsons said he saw challenges but a real opportunity with the Clippers and the sale of the team.

“I think the Clippers will become America’s team if we get this right,” Parsons said.

A few other notes from the press conference (broadcast live on Los Angeles radio).

• On how this all ends: “The league will prevail. At the end of the day I believe ownership will change… there’s so much momentum for doing the right thing.”

• Parsons does not know either of the Sterlings and has not spoken to them. He said he would reach out to Shelly Sterling, in hopes that an ugly lawsuit can be avoided. “I think a prolonged legal battle is in no one’s interest.”

• Parsons refused to discuss his personal feelings about the Sterlings, “I’m here to turn one of the burners off under the pot. Not to turn it up higher.”

• That said, while Parsons said he knows almost everyone names as a potential buyer of the team personally, he will not be involved in the sale side of this. That will be run by the league.

  1. senorpapino - May 12, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    So they will become a .500 team with one playoff win in the last 17 years?

    • Kevin S. - May 12, 2014 at 6:15 PM

      Winner.

    • jollyjoker2 - May 12, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      No, they will become a team that extorts and tries to grab property if they don’t agree with their views.

  2. woodson312 - May 12, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Never

  3. redbaronx - May 12, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    America’s Team??? Whether this is spin or his real belief is immaterial. He’s delusional!

    • stephenlin - May 12, 2014 at 6:29 PM

      It’s not just him–this whole “America’s team” garbage started with Doc Rivers.

  4. 00maltliquor - May 12, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Los Angeles Cowboys

    Hey, you get rid of Sterling, you gotta throw out the old name too. Lol

  5. antistratfordian - May 12, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Dick has quite the imagination.

  6. dannymac17 - May 12, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Already dont like the guy.

    Go clips.

  7. southsidegroovin281 - May 12, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    *Badump tisk*!!

    Thank you folks! He’ll be here all week.

  8. kb2408 - May 12, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    America’s team?!! Give me a freaking break, they’re not even Los Angeles’ team!! The LAKERS still, and always will, own L.A.

    • asimonetti88 - May 12, 2014 at 8:22 PM

      that’s what I thought haha… they should worry about being the most popular team in their own building first.

  9. rdrfan - May 12, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Did they interview a white American first ?

    • jollyjoker2 - May 12, 2014 at 9:36 PM

      No, I think he forgot that part. I think the idea of shaking down a guy for a billion dollars for a comment is a little excessive but I guess that’s the times we live in. -

  10. jjared1101 - May 12, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Translation: We can exploit racism for profit if we do this correctly.

    • jollyjoker2 - May 12, 2014 at 9:38 PM

      Correct…I don’t see to many white players on the bench in the NBA. Last year 2/3 of the NBA was black but only represent less than 10% of the population. Seems like a little affirmative action is in order!

  11. eugenesaxe1 - May 12, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Dammit, all the good smartass replies are taken already.

  12. rdrfan - May 12, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    There will always be racism of sorts. This is all about money. Geeez look at spike lee or Barkley.

  13. campcouch - May 12, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Hahahaha,America’s team…oh the colors. Unless you’re a Clippers fan,you probably could care less about their success. I’m just here for the humorous articles. These guys have been sheltered ever since their parents figured out that the kid could dribble. The have no idea what real racism is. Denial,of life and dignity and liberty. Insults are meaningless except to the ego. Their convictions are false because they continue to collect game checks under the idea that this an opportunity to win a title for them and the fans. Donald Sterling will also have that title. If they feel so oppressed,tear up your contracts and leave…oh wait,Chris Paul signed a $107 million dollar deal. Exactly what relevant team has that space open? Millionaires feeling slighted by a billionaire. Comedy.

    • jollyjoker2 - May 12, 2014 at 9:40 PM

      Chris paul was definitely just like a slave. Except for 106.9 million richer than the rest of us – He is just a broken down black man.

  14. chiadam - May 12, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Wait…billion with a B?? And I was sure the team would be sold for a million bucks. Moron.

    • bkbell3 - May 13, 2014 at 6:19 PM

      You folks should GOOGLE this new CEO and see his track record at his last 3 companies. Billions of bad mortgages dumped on tax payers, golden parachutes handed out in the hundreds of millions. Just google him and read some articles.

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