Magic Johnson may have interest in buying the Clippers?
Old 04-28-2014, 11:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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To bail themselves out of the NBA's worst crisis of credibility since the Tim Donaghy officiating scandal, the easy part for the NBA will be enlisting the eagerness and financial muscle of Magic Johnson and Mark Walter of the Guggenheim Partners owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

For commissioner Adam Silver, the chance to turn the Clippers over to Magic Johnson and his partners is the best possible of solutions. Exit Sterling, enter Magic. It would be the greatest trade in sports ownership history since, well, Magic for the McCourts, with the Dodgers.

Magic Johnson is the ultimate cleanser in sports, and steering a Clippers sale to him could be transformative for the franchise. Truth be told, it could change the balance of basketball power in Los Angeles forever. To keep Doc Rivers as president and coach, to hold together the core of a championship contender and keep building it, Magic can make it happen.


Nevertheless, this is business and Magic's willing to change colors and make himself a Clipper. Between the Dodgers and Clippers, Magic Johnson could be the face of two championship contenders.

Magic could have it all.

"This is 100 percent Magic's plan," a league official intimately involved in the buying and selling of franchises told Yahoo Sports.

As an exit strategy, Sterling could walk away with a $1 billion-plus sales price for his franchise, and a final act of goodwill to soften his exile into the sports netherworld. Sterling will be reviled forever, but he has to understand clearing the way for Magic Johnson and the $200 billion-plus group backing him could be a decent farewell punctuating a most indecent ownership tenure. Sterling made Magic Johnson a part of those hideous audio tapes that have started to crumble his Clippers ownership, and here's the old man's way to make it right.

After all, he has little choice left. Sterling will never be able to sit courtside for a Clippers game again, never be able to march through his locker room glad-handing players. All the reasons Sterling has loved owning an NBA team, well, they're all gone.

Across the league now, owners want Sterling out. They should've done so years ago, but understand every franchise will now pay a price for failing to remove Sterling. Finally, they're pushing Silver to find a way. These owners are on the clock, and they know it.

"If the owners can't force [Sterling] to sell, they need to be held accountable to change the bylaws so they can," one member of the NBA's Board of Governors told Yahoo Sports on Sunday. "A fine and suspension is meaningless, and that'll be seen as a lack of acceptance that the league and owners are responsible for this ass----."
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Old 04-28-2014, 03:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The timing of this seems incredibly fishy doesn't it?
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Old 04-28-2014, 03:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The timing of this seems incredibly fishy doesn't it?
What does the timing have to do with anything? The whole thing is unbelievable. But so is the way the 1% operate in this world and express themselves. Were Mitt Romney's taped comments about the less powerful in society fishy in their timing? In a sense, but they were also entirely consistent with an accepted way of thinking, and somewhat inevitable.

The NBA has had a real problem with how white money and power has asserted itself in a sport with a large black majority. There was a reason there was so much venom with the lockout. There really needs to be more representation across the board in this league to wash away sentiments that may or may not belong solely to Mr. Sterling. The potential image problem could be poisonous for many years to come. They need to go beyond Magic stepping in to buy this team.
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It'd feel really wrong for Magic to own the Clippers, for obvious reasons...
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Old 04-28-2014, 04:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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You have to question where magic's interests truly lie. You can't just blur addressing a major case of racism with one's private interest to buying a team.

I see it as a weak move on magic to take advantage of this situation. Wait till after this shit is sorted out.
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It'd feel really wrong for Magic to own the Clippers, for obvious reasons...
And those obvious reasons are?
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And those obvious reasons are?
I dunno... Him being one of the most prominent icons and long term employee/minority owner of the cross-town rivals?

Or were you expecting me to bring up his skin colour?
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I dunno... Him being one of the most prominent icons and long term employee/minority owner of the cross-town rivals?

Or were you expecting me to bring up his skin colour?
I'm guessing then you also have a problem with Michael owning the Bobcats/soon to be Hornets, instead of either being an employee or owning the Chicago Bulls?
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Hmm who put that out there?

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Sorry to ruin a beautiful idea, but source close to Magic says "zero, zero, zero conversations" about buying the Clips.
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I dunno... Him being one of the most prominent icons and long term employee/minority owner of the cross-town rivals?

Or were you expecting me to bring up his skin colour?
No expectations at all. Simply nothing obvious to me. Thought maybe I was missing something. You've offered a single reason. I can't see how it is valid at all.
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I'm guessing then you also have a problem with Michael owning the Bobcats/soon to be Hornets, instead of either being an employee or owning the Chicago Bulls?
Are the Bobcats located in Chicago? Have they ever competed for the same fan base with the Bulls?

Sometimes I wonder if reading comprehension is out of vogue these days...

SMH.
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So Magic shouldn't own the Clippers because he had fans while playing on another team in the same city?

There are two teams in that city because two teams can be supported. Magic owning the Clippers would hardly signal that only one team would be worth supporting over another.
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Old 04-28-2014, 06:46 PM   #13 (permalink)
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OMG...

All I've said was how weird it would be to see Magic associated with LA Clippers instead of LA Lakers. It was a statement about Magic and these two teams.

Magic didn't "have fans". He was Showtime Lakers. He was Magic. LX, you are definitely old enough to understand precisely what I am talking about.
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OK - now I got you. You originally said it would feel really wrong. I thought you were suggesting there was some moral judgment in play. Would it feel weird? Would it look kinda wrong based on past allegiances? Sure. But a lot of time has past, and he is more than just a Laker in many eyes. I hate the Lakers, but love what Magic represents. He's an ambassador for the game as much as anything.
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What does the timing have to do with anything?
Makes you think about it is all. Maybe Sterling leaked it because he's a dick and its not true at all and it makes people quesiton if Magic has an agenda.

Its apparent although she did nothing wrong here, you have to suspect or question if the GF has an agenda though in letting the tape out. If GF has an agenda, what is it? Not being sued for 2 mil (oh sorry that wasn't him on the tape or me, now give me my money?) or finding money to cover said lawsuit. For all I know someone other than Magic really wants this team and thats the reason it comes out at this time. Then again it could be complete coincidence and maybe she just accidently emailed the recording to the wrong person. Or maybe she hates him. But the obvious explanation is she wants something.

Oh and by the way... this is in no way defending the dick that Sterling is, just made me wonder about the GF too, since he's 70 and she's 30, and would date a guy like that in the first place, there's already something not normal about any of it.


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Were Mitt Romney's taped comments about the less powerful in society fishy in their timing?
Probabaly?! But I can barely remember the guy because he's a footnote in history and can't remember the tape or who taped it.

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Oh there's too much weird shit to believe. Including the wife being at the game. These guys play by a different set of rules. The mistress was being sued for money she already got out of him. There's no doubt there was a reason for making this recording. But it also appeared to be extremely easy to have him incriminate himself.
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well i think Sterling was set up by the mistress, and this kind of is the perfect timing if you want a shitstorm. It's the playoffs so everyone is watching basketball, the spotlight is on the clippers. what better time to drop this bomb than when everyone is watching you anyway?


and yeah Magic buying the team would be weird especially for Laker fans in that city. Shaq owns a part of the Kings, so weird things do happen in California.
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well i think Sterling was set up by the mistress, and this kind of is the perfect timing if you want a shitstorm. It's the playoffs so everyone is watching basketball, the spotlight is on the clippers. what better time to drop this bomb than when everyone is watching you anyway?


and yeah Magic buying the team would be weird especially for Laker fans in that city. Shaq owns a part of the Kings, so weird things do happen in California.
Absolutely agree that the timing was way too perfect for this to be a coincidence. Btw - do we know how old that recording of the phone call was?
Anyways, I'm curious how this plays out. My first reaction to the rumours of Magic buying the Clippers was positive in a schadenfreude kind of way, because Sterling explicitely mentioned him in his racist rant. But, after giving this some more thought, it's true that this would just feel wrong for him to turn the whole thing into a business opportunity.
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Apparently P. Diddy and Rick Ross have interest in buying the Clippers. LOL
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Apparently P. Diddy and Rick Ross have interest in buying the Clippers. LOL
there are 1590 billionaires in the world according to forbes, Sterling at #975 with 1.9 billion.

Diddy has a net worth of 700 million, rick ross - 35 million.

Clipps will be sold for a billion+

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