Clips exec jumping off Donald Sterling's sinking ship

Clips exec jumping off Donald Sterling's sinking ship
April 28, 2014, 7:45 pm
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A disembodied called Eric Miller, the Clippers' director of basketball administration, and said, 'Save yourself. The ship is doomed. Get out while there’s still time.'
Ray Ratto

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We begin with this, and if we have to tell you this is satire, reading probably isn’t for you:


Also, if you’re planning to burn a candle in your window waiting for David Stern to explain how he and the owners looked the other way so long on Colonel Don, the only things you’ll get are smoke damage and arson investigators.

[RELATED: Mark Jackson wants Clippers fans to make loud statement]


This, from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, is presented without comment, because it stands on its own considerable merits:


And sincerity doesn’t always have to be articulate, as proven by Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander about Sterling, as told to the Houston Chronicle:

Alexander said he told Adam Silver he should “stab a sword” into the heart of Sterling's ownership of the Clippers. “I thought that there's got to be a way to disrupt him from owning the team," said Alexander, after 20 years owning. “I gave him the sword to deal with this. I said, ‘Let the players become free agents.’”

And we’re guessing that Alexander was casting a covetous eye at Hedo Turkoglu when he said it.

[RELATED: Sterling's wife: 'I do not share these despicable views']


Another rodental unit leaving the S.S. Confederacy is Sterling’s own son-in-law, Eric Miller, who is also the Clippers’ director of basketball administration, put his boot in via TMZ:

“I find the statements and representations made by the Clippers’ team owner to be deplorable and disgusting. There is no room in sports or society in general, for racism. I pledge my full support for the wonderful players, coaches and staff members of the Clippers organization . . . If these comments should happen to cost me my employment with the team, it is but a small price to pay to speak out against ignorance and racism.”

Wonder if he got a phone call with a disembodied voice on the other end rasping, “Save yourself. The ship is doomed. Get out while there’s still time.”


Meanwhile, Magic Johnson, who said he wasn’t going to talk about the Sterling any more, tweeted about it: “I am not trying to buy the Clippers, they already have an owner.”

About 11:05 tomorrow morning, PDT, he will have to come up with a better and more up-to-date answer. Like, “They already need an owner.”


Cam Atkinson of the Columbus Blue Jackets saw a small group of people lined up in the rain outside Nationwide Arena waiting for the ticket office to open for Game 6 of the Jackets’ series with Pittsburgh Monday night. He pulled his car over and handed out enough money to cover their ticket costs.

The Blue Jackets expired Monday, losing 4-3 to the Crosbys, but free tickets are never bad. Well, okay, almost never.


The Miami Heat killed the Charlotte Bobcats Monday night, completing a sweep with a 108-98 win. And when we say, “killed,” we mean it. Next year, the Bobcats become the Hornets.

Not sure what the Indiana Pacers become, but they look pretty room temperature too.


And finally, have a banana. It’s good for you, especially these days:

Ray Ratto is a columnist for