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Donald Sterling didn't know who Elgin Baylor was

Posted on: March 16, 2011 3:15 am
 
Clippers owner Donald Sterling testifies he did not know of Baylor's career when he hired him. Seriously.
Posted by Matt Moore

Donald Sterling is such a lovable, popular guy these days. In the same day that it was revealed his organization refused to help cover an assisant coach's prostate surgery following th revelation of cancer, Sterling testified in Elgin Baylor's wrongful termination suit against him that he had no knowledge of the NBA legend's career when he hired him.

Yeah.

From the Los Angeles Times
You didn't know about his basketball career?" Baylor attorney Carl Douglas asked Sterling in his first day on the stand as Baylor's wrongful termination civil lawsuit against the team continued at a Los Angeles courthouse. "His accomplishments? The Hall of Fame?"

"No," Sterling answered. "... I didn't know that. I hired him for $3,000 a month. I didn't really know what his role was.... He was working in a mail-order company back then."
via Clippers owner Donald Sterling testifies he knew little of Elgin Baylor's career when he hired him - latimes.com.

Los Angeles Lakers' owner Jerry Buss is known to have introduced Sterling to the prospect of buying the Clippers and moving them from San Diego to L.A.. Based on that fact, it's reaching the point where a tax may need to be put in place on Buss for him to pay back the amount of blown potential revenue for the league had anyone else owned the Clippers. 

How can you possibly own an NBA team and not know who Elgin Baylor is? What kind of gap in common knowledge has to stand between you and everyone else in your field to be ignorant of a legend in the endeavor you've taken on? 

Sterling continues to embarrass the NBA at every turn, and David Stern continues to stand idly by and watch.
Comments

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 8:41 pm
 

Donald Sterling didn't know who Elgin Baylor was

Dear Lakersrule and Kleaners,

For the past few months I have screamed at the top of my lungs at my computer screen at the millions of stupid comments posted on here.  I don't mean the comments resulting from homer picks, but from those who have apparently no frikking clue what is going on in the world. 

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD PLEASE LEARN TO READ BEFORE YOU COMMENT

PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSEEE

EEE!!!




Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 7:57 pm
 

Donald Sterling didn't know who Elgin Baylor was

Horrible attempt at disparaging Dr. Buss. He has nothing to do with this. More shoddy CBS Sportsline "journalism." 



Since: Jul 27, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 4:53 pm
 

Donald Sterling didn't know who Elgin Baylor was

Mike Brown is still a worse owner.



Since: Oct 5, 2010
Posted on: March 16, 2011 3:47 pm
 

Donald Sterling didn't know who Elgin Baylor was

This guy is a joke and the Clippers have been a joke for years. This guy is cheap as hell and is not interested in giving the fans a good product because when a player is good and is up for free agency, he does not want to pay them!!! The fact that he would have the temerity to say that he did not know who Elgin baylor was is an insult. I guess you hire anyone for any position!!!



Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2011 3:23 pm
 

Donald Sterling didn't know who Elgin Baylor was

WOW!

No wonder why is labeled as the worst owner in professional (kind of with the Clippers) sports!



Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: March 16, 2011 2:58 pm
 

Donald Sterling didn't know who Elgin Baylor was

Wow. If this is true, Sterling is living on another planet.



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2011 2:31 pm
 

Donald Sterling didn't know who Elgin Baylor was

What can the league do? well they can go to Sterling and tell him that he needs to let a V.P. of basketball operations make decisions for his team, sure he's the owner but let's not mince words here David Stern rules the NBA plain and simple and when Stern speaks the owners listen.
The other thing is the league can go to Sterling and say "We have a buyer for the team who will pay top dollar and you will get every penny you want for the team"
He bought the Clippers in '81 for 12.5 million, the team is now worth 305 million, it ranks as #22 in terms of team valuations according to Forbes, he will have made a HANDSOME profit from selling the team and you can bet Stern would have a rock solid ownership group there too.
It can be done and truth be told Stern should do it, i'm guessing he's waiting until the economy recovers more before he does it but with Sterling heckling his own players, all the assorted lawsuits he's facing and just the bad publicity he brings to the team and league Stern will step in he HAS to because it's getting worse and Stern doesn't wnat an Al Davis like situation he will have to deal with.



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2011 2:22 pm
 

Donald Sterling didn't know who Elgin Baylor was

The point of this article is that Elgin Baylor is a HOF player, also when you are an NBA owner and you hire someone to be your general manager you should know what the guys qualifications are not just "is he a snappy dresser", "does he speak well", "Did he have good table manners at lunch?"
Also I think everyone knows that Donald Sterling is the owner of the L.A. Clippers and truth be told if a milkman from Kansas City happens to be on Sportsline what are the odds that he or she is going to click on a story like this?
The story was written for NBA fans and fans of the Clippers.
I just don't see "casual" sports fans # 1 coming to Sportsline or #2 clicking on secondary stories that don't immediately grab their attention from the headlines, ie: mentioning their favorite team, just doesn't happen.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 1:09 pm
 

Donald Sterling didn't know who Elgin Baylor was

Uhh, What was the point of this article? What was Elgin Baylor fired from?
The rule of thumb for any reporter - write as if your reader is the Kansas City Milkman and has no knowledge of what you're talking about. Background information is key.




Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 12:44 pm
 

Donald Sterling didn't know who Elgin Baylor was

While you are spot on on all of those statements about Sterling (you forgot bad dresser), what can the NBA do?  They can and should fine him when he screws up, but they cannot, or at least should not, be able to force him to sell.  

As bad as it sounds, all Clippers fans can do is wait for him to croak and hope the next owner is better.  Like what the Blackhawks had to go through for decades with old man Wirtz.  Now we have an ownership group (his family) that actually cares about the sport and the team and sees it more than just a tax asset.  Hopefully for Clips fans you will get that too.


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