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SBD/May 6, 2014/Franchises
Clippers' Sterling Rounding Up Lawyers To Counter NBA, Could Score Tax Benefits In Sale
Published May 6, 2014
TRAVELING SHOW? In California, Lauren Williams reports Basketball HOFer Magic Johnson "danced around the question of whether or not he is interested in buying" the Clippers at a talk given at Cal State Long Beach Monday, "saying only that he is a Laker and has heard from other interested investors who want to partner with him" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 5/6). Meanwhile, in L.A., Jill Cowan reports State Assembly candidate Karina Onofre is "proposing that a coalition of business owners, politicians and religious leaders approach" the Clippers about "leaving the L.A. market and making a fresh start in Orange County, perhaps at the Great Park." She "presented no immediate plan for who would pay for an arena." Orange County has "tried and failed repeatedly in its efforts to lure an NBA team, even with the prospect of playing at the visitor-friendly Honda Center in Anaheim." The Great Park is "one of the most sought-after pieces of real estate in Southern California" (L.A. TIMES, 5/6).
PEER REVIEW: In California, Robert Morales reports Clippers players are "not the only ones" to sing Clippers coach Doc Rivers' praises. Thunder coach Scott Brooks said, "Doc handled that as well as any coach in the league could have possibly handled a tough situation. He not only represented the Los Angeles Clippers and his players well, but represented the other 29 teams well. I’m proud of what he did and what the players did, what he stood for" (Long Beach PRESS-TELEGRAM, 5/6). CBS Sports Network’s Jim Rome said Rivers is "one of the best leaders in all of sports and while the owner is a bad guy, the Clippers are still alive because the coach would not let them die” (“Rome,” CBSSN, 5/5).