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Posts Tagged ‘Elgin Baylor’

Elgin Baylor Memorabilia Auction Comes to the Rescue of Lackluster Lakers Season

There is hope after all. As the injury-prone 2012-13 Los Angeles Lakers limp towards the end of a miserable season, Julien’s Auctions has announced an unimpeachable purple and gold playoff season date – May 31, 2013.

That’s when various items from the life and playing days of Laker great Elgin Baylor will go on auction. Articles include:

Baylor’s 1959 NBA All-Star Game MVP Trophy; Baylor’s 1971-1972 Los Angeles Lakers NBA Championship Ring; LA Lakers game-worn warm-ups; Lakers rookie-year shorts; and a pair of Baylor’s Adidas game-worn shoes bronzed and presented to him at a talk show appearance.

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Donald Sterling Taking Out Ads in the New York Times: He’s Gonna Need ‘Em

Perhaps sensing that bad news was about to break about his certain predilection for turning the post-game showers of his black basketball players into a spectator sport, Clippers owner Donald Sterling took out some… Well, Donald Sterling advertisements in the New York Times last week.

Sterling has purchased similar ads in the LA Times for years, which the LA Weekly‘s Patrick Range McDonald has called him out for repeatedly. Again, McDonald caught this one too.

Previously on FishbowlLA:
Clippers Owner Racks Up Another Flagrant Foul

Clippers Owner Racks Up Another Flagrant Foul

It takes a very special kind of misguided rich-white-guy entitlement to slam dunk sexism and racism in one fell swoop. But Clippers owner Donald Sterling has shown that he possesses that specialness, in spades.

Via inestimable ESPN.com basketball chronicler J.A. Adande comes this absolutely reprehensible new nugget from the legal depositions of former team executive Elgin Baylor:

“Players Sam Cassell (pictured), Elton Brand and Corey Maggette complained to me that 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.”

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Another Sad Day for Clippers Fans

At what point, if you’re a fan of the Los Angeles Clippers, do you throw up your hands and holler, “I give up!” Those who follow the town’s other NBA franchise are a hardy bunch, still led presumably by celeb season ticket holder Billy Crystal. But even he may be hard-pressed to keep cheering them on after the latest developments.

In what is just the beginning of a media whirlwind, other outlets are starting to pick up on a 2009 deposition obtained by the LA Times that alleges several instances of racist comments by team owner Donald Sterling. According to plaintiff Elgin Baylor, Sterling once reacted to the prospect of Jim Brewer as head coach with the affirmation that he’d “like to have a white Southern coach coaching poor black players.”

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