It’s almost August and the Donald Sterling situation is still not fully resolved. The sale of the Los Angeles Clippers is pending, and Sterling just had his first meeting with new owner Steve Ballmer. No settlement has officially been reached at this point, but their meeting has been labeled ‘friendly’ in nature.
So while Sterling is theoretically on his way out, he’s still technically the owner of the Clippers. Doc Rivers is not a fan of that fact.
— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) July 22, 2014
That’s right, Rivers is not bluffing. He said last spring that he wouldn’t be part of a team owned by Sterling, and clearly his stance has not changed one bit.
I say good for Doc Rivers. He’s right to put all the pressure on the organization to move the sale along.
Losing a head coach of his caliber would be devastating for the Clippers. You could see the team’s growth last season in his first season at the helm, mainly because he’s such a strong leader. For the most part he’s not fazed by adversity, and that shows through on the court. But even the craziness of the Sterling fiasco rattled Rivers a little. Again, you can’t blame him.
Clippers fans will have to hope that Sterling’s exit is indeed sped up. If he refuses to go away, it could be more detrimental to the team than his terribly racist comments.