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Donald Sterling and the hypocrisy of the Clippers fan base

Lakers fans howl at team owner and VP of Player Personnel Jim Buss. Some people say he’s not qualified to run the team in any capacity, let alone making basketball decisions on behalf of the greatest franchise in the league. Other say that he simply needs to maintain a spot as a silent owner, as he’s nowhere near the man his father was. Most people would say that he’s just an out-and-out idiot that they want nowhere near the Lakers. While I might not necessarily agree with all those opinions, it’s a hot topic of debate within the fanbase. Some people really despise Jim Buss. They think that his decisions, basketball-wise, are driving their beloved franchise into the ground. That’s definitely a conversation worth having. Sometimes, even a highly contentious one.
 
But the conversation between Lakers fans have everything to do with basketball and nothing to do with what kind of man Jimmy Buss is. Whether you think he’s incompetent or an unfair beneficiary of nepotism, that’s where the debate ends. No one is discussing whether or not Jim Buss is a good person.
 
Clippers fans–what kind of conversations are you having this week?
 
By now, even the most casual of basketball fans know the story: an alleged recording of Clippers owner Donald Sterling spewing racist remarks to a girlfriend has gone public. Nearly everyone associated with the league has made a public comment about this one way or another, as LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Commissioner Adam Silver and everyone down the line has decried the alleged comments. Hell, even President Obama weighed in. From Malaysia.
 
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Clippers Curse is Real: Billups out for the year

This is the part where I would usually do my “Life and Times of the Los Angeles Clippers”, exhaustively detailing the most ridiculous and painful moments in San Diego turned Los Angeles Clippers history. With the news of Chauncey Billups’ season-ending Achilles tear coming to light this afternoon, I would have just another footnote to write with some hilariously appropriate jab for LA’s ugly red-headed stepchild. As a life-long Angeleno, I’ve had a front seat view as the Clips have taken what should be a luxury automobile and repeatedly crashed it head first into a brick wall, only to be repainted with the same red, white and blue colors whose stink can only be identified with one putrid source. They’re best known for being the butt of late-night television punch-lines, or one of the first ten names David Stern reads in June. Of course I think of them as a pathetic joke, but mostly I view them as a sports tragedy. In a hotbed of basketball in the second biggest market in country, the infinite resources that other small market teams would kill for are routinely wasted at the hands of an owner who knows how to do nothing but kill what he has. I’ve gone on record as saying how despicable Donald Sterling is as an owner, but I truly think it’s his flaws as a human that lead to the Clippers Curse.

Unfortunately, Simmons already did the “Life and Times of the Los Angeles Clippers” better than I ever could have. If you even get halfway through his “open letter to Blake Griffin”, you’ll see that the Clips’ history is littered not just with missteps by ownership or management, but also freak occurrences that seem to happen time and time again. A lot of people like to say that curses aren’t real, that things happen in sports, and there are so many complexities involved with having to appease millions of constituents. But I think if you read what has happened to the Clippers over the past 30 years, you’ll see that it can’t just be bad luck and the consequence of following a physical sport. No Clippers boon can bloom without it withering away and rotting soon thereafter. Just to be a completist, I’ll pick up where Simmons left off, the summer of 2009.

July, 2009: The Clippers trade Zach Randolph to the Memphis Grizzlies. Randolph would blossom in Memphis, becoming an All-Star and one of the most efficient power forwards in the league.

October, 2009: After a thunderous break-away dunk in a meaningless preseason game, rookie phenom and future All-Star Blake Griffin comes down on his left knee hard, creating a stress fracture in his left patella. This injury leaves the first overall pick out for the season.

February, 2010: With another disastrous losing season already locked up, the Clippers GM/Coach Mike Dunleavy steps down from his coaching duties, though keeping his title as GM.

March, 2010: For the second time in a month, the Clippers fire Mike Dunleavy, this time as GM of the team. Dunleavy reportedly finds this out through internet reports and friends, rather than the organization. You stay classy, Donald Sterling.

April, 2010: Dunleavy reports that despite having a guaranteed contract that runs through the end of the 2011 season, the Clippers had stopped paying him, on the grounds that he voluntarily resigned from his duties. The amount is roughly $6.5 million dollars.

February, 2011: Blake Griffin is named as an All-Star reserve, the Clippers first representative since Elton Brand. He also is selected for the dunk contest during All… Read more...

Donald Sterling don’t care about black people

The Los Angeles Clippers’ black history month ad controversial

In a full-page ad today in the Los Angeles Times, the LA Clippers printed an ad with Blake Griffin and owner Donald Sterling which details their intention to support Black History Month by admitting 1,000 underprivelged kids for free into a Clippers game.

Let that one sink in.

But before any criticism, let’s give Donald Sterling some credit here. He’s putting his own money on the line, which is shocking in itself for this Scrooge McDuck impersonating, morally bereft, putrid wasteland of a human being, and donating tickets to some kids so they can see a professional basketball game. That’s nice Donny. Solid. Glad you’re giving up 1,000 Clippers tickets with a combined market value of $23 dollars. Asshole.

But let’s examine the litany of ways that this is offensive.

1. It’s March.

Yeah…Black History Month is in February. It’s not Black History Month anymore.
You had a whole month to celebrate Black History Month. Could you not squeeze that one in for all those weeks? Did you forget that February is only 28 days and you thought you had another 2 or 3 to burn?

Some trivia. You know why Black History Month is in February? Because that’s when Frederick Douglass’ and Abraham’s Lincoln’s birthdays are. You didn’t know that? You don’t know who Frederick Douglass is? Then stop reading my blog Donald T. Sterling. You hate mongering arrogant old blowhard.

2. Hmm. So to celebrate Black History Month, you’re letting in 1,000 underpriveleged kids for free?

…because there is some sort of correlation between underprivelged kids and the black community? That what you’re trying to say here Donald? That’s certainly not what I’m saying. But is that what you’re saying Donald, you heckling ancient buzzard? Hmm? Hmmmmm? HMMMMMMM?

3. Hmm. So to celebrate Black History Month, you’re letting in 1,000 underpriveleged kids for free?

…because you feel like you need to make it up to the black community because there is a ongoing multi-million dollar racial housing discrimation suit pending against you, Donald, you cheap, penny pinching, idiotic assclown? Hmm? Hmmmmm? HMMMMMM?

This whole thing is absolutely fucked. I understand the sentiment. And truly, without mocking, I do believe that it was done with good intentions. But that’s where the problem is – arrogance oftens leads to carelessness. Here, in this situation, Sterling chose to be the philantropist and give something to the community. But at the same time, he shows his true colors – thinking he did something so good, so beneficial to society and so altruistic, he lets his mental defenses down and forgets use those few filters that he so commonly has to put in place to put on his public face. So, in this moment of arrogance, Sterling showed his hubris, and thus – his obvious racial stereotyping came to surface. And thus we had this advertisement.

Some Sterling proponents, or even skeptics will say things like “well, you can’t necessarily peg this on Donald Sterling. What is to say that someone in marketing or publicity didn’t make this up?”. There are dozens of people in the Clippers organization. Sterling doesn’t write every ad and certainly doesn’t oversee every single function of an ordinary business day. Maybe this is something that goes through without his knowledge?

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