Donald Sterling to David Stern: ‘I would fire you’
Sterling: You don’t want to hear what I have to say.
Stern. Yes, we do.
Sterling. No you don’t.
Stern: Yes, we do.
Sterling: OK, I would fire you. You’re great at marketing, but you’re not tough enough with the union.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: I can’t believe I’m doing this. I’m defending Commissioner David Stern.
Reports indicate Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling told ‘The Commish’ he would fire him because he wasn’t tough enough on the Player’s Union.
Let’s consider the source: Sterling has no issue bashing his players from his courtside seats; Sterling (allegedly) has no issue watching the very same players shower; Sterling has been sued for sexual harassment and there’s ample evidence to suggest he’s racist.
The Clippers, like their owner, are a mess. Despite having some talent, they consistently underachieve. Some of their personnel decisions are flat-out laughable.
Ironically, Sterling has done quite well from the financial system Stern created. After all, The Don avoids the luxury tax and rakes in millions from having a team in a major market with a great stadium.
Conservative estimates have him making $75 million profit since moving to Staples Center. He may have made twice that amount.
So Sterling has nothing to complain about. In fact, Stern, the 29 other owners, and fans have every reason to try and fire him.
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