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Derek Jeter Gets a Donald Sterling Scoop

PlayersTribuneLogoIf this any indication of the kind of content The Players’ Tribune will be publishing, folks at Grantland and such may want to start worrying.

Under the simple, stark headline “The Boss,” LA Clippers star Blake Griffin shares some candid thoughts about his team’s disgraced former owner. The All-Star begins by recalling his awkward first encounters with Sterling at one of the billionaire’s annual “White Party” dress-up celebrations in Malibu. Then, he tracks back to this:

When I knew the Clippers were drafting me, the first thing I did was type Donald Sterling’s name into Google. The first hit that came up was “Donald Sterling is a racist.” I read an article on how he didn’t want minorities to live in his apartment buildings. My first thought was, Wow this guy is really, really a racist… How is he an owner of an NBA team?

My second thought was, Wow, these articles are from 2003 and 2008. I guess everybody already knows about this stuff and just doesn’t care.

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Oprah Considering Los Angeles Clippers Bid (ESPN)
Oprah Winfrey, David Geffen and Larry Ellison will join together in a bid to buy the Los Angeles Clippers if the NBA’s board of governors votes to force Donald Sterling to sell the team, Geffen said Wednesday. FishbowlNY Others interested in buying the Clippers include Diddy (he even created his own hashtag #DiddyBuyTheClippers) and Floyd Mayweather. THR The OWN Network founder would pair with music mogul Geffen and Oracle co-founder Ellison in an investor role. On Tuesday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver pledged to force the sale of the Clippers after audio recordings of racist remarks made by owner Donald Sterling surfaced on TMZ days earlier. Sterling, who has owned the Clippers franchise since 1981, faces a ban from attending all NBA games as well as making any business decisions for the team. LA Times / Sports Now Winfrey, in reference to Sterling’s comments, told TMZ on Tuesday that “the plantation days are over.” She also denied having interest in purchasing the team on her own. However, Winfrey’s spokesperson, Nicole Nichols, issued a statement Wednesday confirming that she’s in talks about becoming an investor. Reuters The advisory finance committee of the NBA’s governing board scheduled a meeting for Thursday to review the next steps for forcing a sale of the Clippers, as urged on Tuesday by NBA commissioner Adam Silver, a league spokeswoman said. Sterling, who bought the Clippers in 1981 for $13 million when the team was based in San Diego, has not indicated whether he would relinquish ownership without a fight. Experts have estimated that the franchise, which moved to Los Angeles in 1984, could now be worth as much as $800 million.

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Oprah Considers Buying LA Clippers

Now that Donald Sterling is banned for life from the NBA for making racist comments, the list of people who want to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers is steadily growing. Of course Sterling won’t go down without a long, annoying legal fight, but nevertheless, everyone seems to have interest in the franchise if and when it gets put up for sale. Our favorite potential owner so far? None other Big O.

According to ESPN, Oprah is considering buying the Clippers. The media maven would be part of a team that includes David Geffen and Larry Ellison. If the trio ends up buying the team, we’re setting the over/under for average number of fans who show up to Clippers games with signs that read “You get a win! You get a win! You get a win!” at 455.

Others interested in buying the Clippers include Diddy (He even created his own hashtag #DiddyBuyTheClippers) and Floyd Mayweather, who for some odd reason felt it was necessary to speak of his interest by stating “Do we want to buy the Clippers? Yes we do.”

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Brooklyn Transplant Takes a Stab at Donald Sterling Satire!?

ShutterstockJamesDolanWay too soon. With three hours to go before today’s big press conference by NBA commissioner Adam Silver, writer Eric Golub, recently relocated from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, has published some jokey commentary roping in New York Knicks owner James Dolan.

Never mind that Golub, via his Twitter profile, proclaims himself to be an “author of ideological bigotry, ideological violence and ideological idiocy.” This is no laughing matter. From his piece “New Yorkers Condemn Knicks Owner Dolan for Not Being Racist:”

The only hope is for people of all races to demand that Dolan become a racist. Otherwise, he will never sell the team. Over 50 years after Dr. King gave his “I have a dream” speech, there is only a nightmare for Knicks fans of all races…

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Clipper Accused of Murder After Sick Dunk

If you haven’t seen it by now, Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan had the dunk of the year Sunday night vs. Brandon Knight and the Detroit Pistons.

The dunk was so vicious that not only did Twitter explode, but so did Jordan’s Wikipedia page. According to the Wiki, Jordan was charged for murder after his actions at Staples Center:

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Local PA Announcer David Courtney Dies at 56

Los Angeles lost a legend on Thursday as David Courtney, the voice of the Los Angeles Kings, Clippers and Angels, died at the age of 56.

Outside of his work with the local sports teams, Courtney provided sports and traffic reports for 710 ESPN-KSPN, AM 830 KLAA and 99.9 FM. The cause of death is unknown but his last tweet on Wednesday stated that he was awaiting an angiogram at the hospital.

Below is a statement from Los Angeles Kings executive Luc Robitaille:

David was tremendously passionate about the Kings, our fans and the game of hockey. His time with the Kings dates back to the mid 1970s both in our PR office as our public relations director and also with work he did in our video department before he took over full-time Public Announcing duties at the Forum and STAPLES Center. In the arena he was an institution – he was the voice of the Kings – and his work added so much to the live, in-game experience for our fans as it did for the Clippers and Angels as well. Next season would have been David’ 35th year with our franchise, and on behalf of the entire Kings organization and AEG we are incredibly saddened by this news and we send our deepest condolences to his wife Janet and the rest of the Courtney family.

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Video: Blake Griffin is Slowly Becoming a Star

Blake Griffin, the other big man in town, continues to find new ways to make me laugh.

We’ve seen him attempt to dunk over a Kia Optima and take a stroll on Sesame Street.

Now the Los Angeles Clippers forward is going back to 1995 in his latest Kia commercial, which dropped days before the 2012-13 NBA season got underway. Griffin is turning into a shining star with each national TV spot.

Plus, you have to love a player that’s not afraid to poke fun at his own flaws on the court.

But in all seriousness, I really hope Blake worked on his free throws over the summer – - just brutal at the line his first two seasons.

Video: ‘Clipper Darrell’ Wants You to Rock the Vote

Both the NBA season and Election Day (Thank God) are right around the corner and Los Angeles Clippers superfan “Clipper Darrell” has teamed up with Rock the Vote to record a PSA.

I’m begging the Clippers organization to treat Darrell Bailey right this season so I don’t have to write any stories similar to the ones FishbowlLA penned in February.

Video: Blake Griffin Visits Sesame Street

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin will make his Sesame Street debut on Monday during a segment where he demonstrates the word “champion” with character Abby.

No offense to Griffin or the Clippers, but wouldn’t this role be better served for someone on the Los Angeles Lakers where they actually have champions?

Regardless, this is great public exposure for not only Griffin but the Clippers organization, who routinely plays second fiddle to the Lakers.

LA Lakers Are Champs of the Social Media World

While they might not be in the NBA Finals this season, the Los Angeles Lakers are the champions of the social media world.

Social media company Unmetric determined the Lakers rank as the highest social media team from the 2012 playoffs. Miami was second followed by Boston, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Chicago Bulls.

According to Unmetric, the scores are “a scientific blend of 24 qualitative and quantitative social media metrics, weighted and balanced to produce a single benchmarkable number.”

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